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Chemistry Library


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.

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.

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

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 and can be downloaded here.

Wireless printing

You can send print jobs to the MFD from your wireless device. Instructions for setting up your device to do this can be found here. Please note from those instructions that Mobility Print can only be used to send wireless print jobs (from a smartphone, tablet, laptop) to be paid for from a Common balance. If you want to send wireless print jobs (from a desktop or laptop) to be paid for from a Local balance (i.e. charged to a grant/ledger code), you will have to install DS-Print. (See 'Printing from the library computers' above for an explanation of these balances).

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 and can be downloaded here.

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.

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).

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

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