We’ve added a handy new tool to the library homepage that displays the number of available PCs and laptops. Drawn from near real-time usage data, this little display gives you a good idea of just how busy the library is at any particular time and might help you decide whether it is worth carrying in your own laptop or finding a library desktop or laptop to use or borrow.
More and more of you prefer your own powerful tech to the existing library PCs, which while they are replaced regularly quickly pale in comparison with the breakneck pace of laptop and even tablet development in general. That’s why we are trialling large, curved screen displays, full-size keyboards and mice just waiting for you to plug in your device (or at a push, one of our loanable laptops) and play. Scan the QR code taped to the table beside these devices and let us know what you think and if you would like to see more of these elsewhere on campus.
Plug your chosen device into one of our plug-in-and-play stations on the first floor and enjoy the use of a mouse, full-size keyboard and a monitor so large it had to be made curved for you to be able to see everything from side to side without moving! It’s the best of all possible worlds: the power and customizability of your own device with the luxury of a dedicated, modern desktop setup and peripherals.
Thinking of popping into the Library but not sure what to expect? Take a virtual tour first from the comfort of your home.
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