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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.

Cloud storage for University staff and students

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. Unlimited storage is offered by DropBox Business, but a fee applies.

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 'Print Room' next to the Library Office. The MFD offers colour printing, as well as photocopying and scanning. You can also send print jobs from your own laptop or workstation (instructions here). Scanning is free.

Undergraduates can make online payments for printing and photocopying on this machine through the ’common balance’ scheme: there is more information at Postgraduate students and researchers can ask library staff to credit their accounts from a grant/ledger code.

Useful MFD features include:

  • You can 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 staple your copies/printed documents
  • You can send print jobs to the MFD from your own laptop or workstation. (Instructions here).

Instructions for scanning and photocopying are displayed in the Print Room and can be downloaded here. Instructions on sending print jobs, crediting your common balance, and pricing are displayed throughout the library 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.

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

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