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There are five PCs for use in the Library. These provide access to Cambridge University library catalogues, to the Internet, and to electronic journals and databases made available to you by the University. The computers operate during normal opening hours only.

The PC nearest the office does not require a login and is intended for searching the library catalogue. You will require a login to be able to use the other four PCs. Your username is your University of Cambridge ID and your password will have been emailed to you by CSCS (Clinical School Computing Service) when you joined the Department. These are the same login details you use to access a Departmental network computer. If you have any problems please contact the Senior Library Assistant or the CSCS staff. Their Helpdesk contact is, tel. (01223) (3)36261.

Wireless networking and use of laptops

There are many sockets for laptops in the Library. Wireless networking is available throughout the Department. As well as the Library, the public / general use areas covered are the first floor and basement Seminar Rooms, Part II Lecture Theatre, Main Lecture Theatre, Computer Suite, Tea Room, the Elementary Laboratory, Museum basement general use and demonstration room areas. Many of the Access Points in these locations radiate over a much wider area than just those listed so many adjoining areas will be covered but will depend on building structure, use of rooms etc.

University Computing Service's Wireless Service.


Colour and black & white printing can be done in the Library (during opening hours only, and on Saturday mornings during term) and in the Computer Suite on the 2nd floor (24 hours a day, valid cardholders only). Printing is held in a queue for 24 hours. You must log in to one of the multi-function devices in the Library or Computer Suite to release your printing. You can also print from a memory stick or similar device.

The Department uses the University Computing Service’s DS-Print service. You can pre-pay for printing online using a debit or credit card, or in cash at Information Services Reception (Roger Needham Building, West Cambridge site). The charges for printing are:

  • Black & white A4: 5p per sheet (whether double- or single-sided);
  • Colour A4: 30p per sheet (whether double- or single-sided);
  • Black & white A3: 10p per sheet (whether double- or single-sided);
  • Colour A3: 60p per sheet (whether double- or single-sided).

DS-Print Service

You must observe the copyright regulations for printing, which are the same as for photocopying (see below).

Staff and postgraduate students in the Department of Zoology have their own system for printing, please ask Library or Computing staff for more information.


A multi-function device is available in the Library for copying from books and periodicals, which runs during normal Library opening hours.

Please observe the copyright regulations, which are displayed by the machines.

The Department uses the University Computing Service's DS Print service. Charges for photocopying are the same as printing (see above). If you don't have a Desktop Services account, ask the for assistance.

The multi-function devices in the Library and Computer Suite can be used to scan documents (in colour) and send them to an @cam email address for free. Please ask Library staff for assistance.


An A3 size scanner is available in the domed area of the Library, on a desk on the left hand side.

This machine is intended for use by all library readers, especially out of hours when the multi-function device is not available, to scan journals etc.

Please obey the copyright regulations which have been provided next to the equipment.

Please switch on the equipment when you want to use it and ensure that you have switched it off after use. Basic instructions on how to do this, and how to scan items, are provided next to the machine.

The PC has been dedicated to the use of the scanner only so you will not be able to use it to access the Internet or the University network.

Therefore you will not be able to send files to a printer and you should save files to a suitable portable storage device for printing elsewhere.

You can save files to the temporary directory on the PC but please be aware that files stored there will be deleted regularly to prevent file space being used up.

Microsoft Office applications have not been installed either.

Scanning software installed:

  • Use the scanner’s own software package, EPSON Scan, if you want to create a simple image of your item in JPEG, TIFF or PDF format for example.
  • Use Adobe Acrobat Professional 8 to create a PDF of your image and to edit any PDF files you have created.
  • Use the graphics packages Corel PHOTO-PAINT X3 or Corel DRAW which will allow you to manipulate your image in a much more sophisticated way.
  • See the guides provided next to the equipment for basic scanning instructions using these software packages. A print out of the EPSON Scan manual is also provided.

'Help' files can be accessed from within each software package.

The multi-function devices in the Library and Computer Suite can be used to scan documents (in colour) and send them to an @cam email address for free. Please ask Library staff for assistance.