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IT facilities


The Chemistry Library houses 22 PCs (running Windows and Linux) and 2 iMacs (running Mac OS X) as part of the University-wide Managed Cluster Service (MCS), formerly known as the Public Workstation Facility (PWF). Please find more information on the MCS network in the Department of Chemistry and the software available on it here.

To use one of the computers you will need an account and password. Please refer to this Department of Chemistry Computing website.

The Computer Officers provide the first line of support for any problems with the MCS computers in the Department. For computing support please email

Free software and filespaces for University staff and students

All staff and students of the University can get free Microsoft Office software, see here for more details.

All staff and students of the University can get 1TB of cloud-based file storage space for your work and personal files via the OneDrive for Business solution.

Library tablets

The Library has an iPad2 and Toshiba AT 300 for use in the library.

If you would like to read electronic journals and e-books on our mobile devices in the library using installed apps please come and see us in the Library Office.

Printing, photocopying, and scanning

The library computers are hosted on the MCS (Managed Cluster Service) network and print jobs can be sent from these to a ’multifunctional device’ (MFD) situated in the small room next to the Library Office. The MFD offers colour printing, as well as photocopying and scanning. Online payment for printing and photocopying on this machine is made through the ’common balance’ scheme, there is more information at You can scan documents into PDF format and email them to yourself for free.

There is also a traditional photocopier by the lift on the second floor of the Lensfield Road side of the Department and photocopy cards for this machine can be purchased from the Library Office.

Two flatbed scanners are available. These are machine-specific and are not networked. One is attached to a PC in the far left corner (from library main entrance), the other is attached to a Mac (far right of library near sculpture of Minerva).

Instructions and printing and photocopying costs are displayed throughout the library.

Wireless networks

There are four wireless networks available in the Department of Chemistry and therefore the library:

  • ChemNet - chemistry network
  • UniOfCam - Cambridge Wireless Network
  • Eduroam - academic roaming wireless
  • Openaccess - for anyone

Please see the Department's Computing website for further information on how to get connected to the network wirelessly.

Coverage of the University Wireless service

See this news item: Cambridge academic Wi-Fi Network extends to public spaces

Coverage of the city centre by the University Wireless Service

Interactive map

Locations (University and college property) in which the University Wireless Service is available