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Due to coronavirus restrictions, access for visitors is temporarily suspended (Autumn 2020).

Open access suites are available across our sites:

  • Chester Campus - Chritchley, Binks, Kingsway, Westminster buildings; and Riverside and Seaborne Libraries
  • Warrington Campus - Tucker and Martin Building, Broomhead Library
  • Health and Social Care Sites - Clatterbridge

Laptop loans

We also have laptop computers available for loan at Seaborne, Riverside and Broomhead libraries.

Loan laptops are for use within the library only.

  • Maximum length of loan 3 hours
  • Wireless Internet access
  • All loan laptops carry standard University software
  • Print facilities available from laptops via print charge facilities

All of our computers have a range of software including MS Office 2013, and other specialist software relating to your subject.


The University has a centrally managed system for self service and other printing, photocopying and scanning based on a range of options for students and staff.

Networked Ricoh multifunction devices (MFD)  provided across all campuses, for medium volume black/white and color printing, photocopying and scanning tasks. A ‘follow you’ system allows you to collect printing from any MFD on any campus, using your University card as authentication.

Printing can be sent from any of the open access computers, Macs, loan or personal laptops (at participating sites)

Students need to credit their print/copying account before using these devices, via the value loaders located on the main campuses or at the LIS Helpdesks at Clatterbridge. Value loaders are located:

  • Chester Campus – Seaborne Library and Chritchley Building
  • Kingsway – Room CKW107
  • Riverside – Library
  • Warrington Campus - Broomhead Library
  • Clatterbridge - Library

Student prices for printing and photocopying via the Ricoh multifunction devices are:

  • Black/white A4 and A3 - single sided 3p, double sided 4p
  • Colour A4 and A3 - single sided 11p, double sided 16p
  • Scanning to email is free of charge

Staff print accounts will operate without being credited first, and so will always be shown on the Ricoh devices as a negative balance. Departments will be charged on a monthly basis for staff use of these devices

Saving Work

Each student and member of staff is allocated space on the University network called your "Y" drive. This is secure file storage and is backed up. USB stick/pen/flash drives can be purchased from any LIS Helpdesk and can be used in any Windows or Mac computer.

Opening Hours

  • Opening hours vary across the different sites and are reduced during the vacation, so it is advisable to check individual libraries before visting
  • The Seaborne Library hosts a 24/7 computer area with PC’s, Macs and silent, social study and refreshment areas accessible using your University Student Cards
  • Warrington campus hosts a 24/7 computer area within the Regent accommodation block, hosting a small cluster of computers, print facilities and quiet study, accessible using your University student cards
  • Some Rooms are used for teaching, so may not be available at all times