The Laptop Loans for Students service provides a short term loan of a laptop to UCL students.
Laptop Loans update
As library sites begin to reopen, most laptop loan lockers will be available for use by students. Please note that you will need to book a study space before visiting a library.
Please see our latest updates for more information on services available whilst we reopen.
Extending the Laptop loans service for disadvantaged students
This year as well as our standard laptop loans available in libraries across campus we have extended the service for specific categories of students. UK/EU undergraduate students from low income households can apply to have a laptop loaned to them for their entire period of study at UCL. Students who do not qualify for the long-term loan may be eligible for a shorter term loan service. Check the ISD website for full eligibility criteria and how to application details.
About the service
The Laptop Loans for Students service can be used at the following UCL Library Services sites:
- Bartlett Library (12 laptops available to borrow)
- Cruciform Hub (36)
- Institute of Archaeology Library (12)
- Institute of Education Library (24)
- Language and Speech Science Library (24)
- Main Library (36)
- Royal Free Medical Library (24)
- School of Pharmacy Library (48)
- Science Library (96)
- SSEES Library (12)
- Student Centre (156)
- Whittington Health Library (12)
The laptops may be borrowed from the self-service cabinets at any time when the library site is open. Laptops may be borrowed for 24 hours, with loans on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday running until 10:00 on the Monday.
Examples of loan periods are as follows:
|Laptop Borrowed||Laptop Due Back|
|Monday 12:00||Tuesday 12:00|
|Tuesday 20:00||Wednesday 20:00|
|Thursday 07:30||Friday 07:30|
|Friday 15:00||Monday 10:00|
|Sunday 23:00||Monday 10:00|
|Monday 06:00||Tuesday 06:00|
Fines for late returns are charged at a rate of £5 per overdue laptop.
Laptop loans may not be renewed. If you wish to extend the loan of a laptop, please return it to the locker and then borrow another.
Laptops are set to reset themselves upon lid closure or shut down. The user is responsible for saving and backing up all work to their N: Drive or other external storage. Once the laptop has been turned off, unfortunately it is not possible to retrieve anything from the previous session.
Laptop loan declaration
Each time you borrow a laptop, you will be asked to agree to the following:
- I will return the laptop by the due time/date to the library from which it was borrowed, and if necessary report any damage to the Library/Service Desk.
- I understand that fines are payable for the late return of the laptop at a rate of £5 per laptop.
- I understand that this laptop is for my personal use only, and I will not borrow it on behalf of a friend or colleague, or use it for work which is not educational or personal in nature.
- I will only save files to a removable memory device, or online cloud storage and understand that any files saved elsewhere on the laptop will be erased automatically when the laptop is shutdown or re-booted.
- I understand that no third party software can be downloaded or installed onto this laptop.
- UCL is not responsible for any damage to the borrower’s data storage device(s), loss of data caused by software, hardware, battery failure or computer viruses.
- I understand that if the laptop is lost, stolen or damaged in my care, I am liable to pay replacement costs in the region of £700.
For any queries or feedback about the laptop loans service, please submit a RemedyForce ticket.
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- UCL Computing Regulations (Acceptable Use Policy)
- UCL Connecting Equipment to the College Network Policy
- UCL Electronic Mail (e-mail) Policy
- UCL Monitoring Computer and Network Use Policy
- UCL Corporate Digital Data Ownership and Access Policy (.doc - access for UCL only)
- UCL Corporate Digital Data Ownership and Access Policy (.doc - public view)
- UCL Freedom of Information Policy
- UCL Environmental Information Policy
- UCL Authentication Principles (.pdf)
- UCL Password Policy and Principles (.pdf)
- UCL CCTV Policy