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Please note that all of the computers have been removed from the library during the pandemic. Please see the information below on configuring your laptop to print to the MFD machine in the library instead.

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 the Software available on MCS computers website (for Linux, macOS, Windows).

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

There are also four docking solutions consisting of a 27″ monitor, VGA and HDMI cables, mouse, and keyboard.

The Computer Officers provide the first line of support for any problems with the MCS computers or docking solutions 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 Pro Plus software (the Microsoft Office bundle containing Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access for Departmentally-owned and personal computers.

Cloud based storage for University staff and students

All staff and students of the University can get three third-party cloud-based storage services, that you can associate with your @cam email address: OneDrive for Business, Google Drive, and Dropbox Business.

Dedicated catalogue and ELD (Electronic Legal Deposit) terminals

These are located next to the self-service machine. The catalogue terminal gives you quick access to the library catalogue, iDiscover, rather than having to logon to one of the library computers. The ELD terminal gives access to ELD material only. These terminals cannot be used for general internet browsing or emailing.

Printing, photocopying, and scanning

MFD (MultiFunctional Device)

Print jobs can be sent from the library computers to the MFD, which is situated in the small 'Print Room' next to the Library Office.

The MFD offers colour printing, photocopying and scanning.

Printing from the library computers

Undergraduates will usually make online payments to credit their accounts for printing and photocopying jobs on these machines their via debit/credit card, through the ’Common balance’ scheme: there is more information here

Postgraduate students and researchers have a 'Local balance' in the Department and can ask library staff to credit their accounts and charge the amount to a grant/ledger code. They can of course credit a Common balance via their debit/credit card (e.g. for personal printing/copying). Please be aware however that when one balance runs out it automatically uses the other so keep an eye on your balances.

You can print jobs from USB.

Instructions on sending print jobs, crediting your common balance, and pricing, are displayed throughout the library.

Wireless printing

You can send print jobs to the MFD from your desktop or laptop using the DS-Print service using credits from either your Local or Common Balance.

You can use Mobility Print to send documents to the MFD from a smartphone or tablet whilst on a collegiate University network, using credits from your Common Balance.

You can use PaperCut Cloud Print to send documents to the MFD from a Windows, macOS or Chrome OS device on any public or private network using credits from your Common Balance. 

Instructions for setting up your device can be found on the UIS Printing, copying and scanning website. 

Scanning and photocopying

You can use the MFD to scan documents into PDF format and email them to yourself for free. You can scan or copy multiple-page documents using the feeder on top of the machine, even if they are two-sided. Multiple-page documents can be scanned into one whole document. You can scan jobs to USB.

Instructions for scanning and photocopying using the MFD are displayed in the Print Room.

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 in cash, or charged to a grant/ledger code.

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 Computing service Network Connections website for further information on how to get connected to the network wirelessly.

Coverage of the University Wireless service

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