IALS supplies peripherals for use with our public access PCs

Laptops for Loan

IALS Library is pleased to be able to offer laptops for loan for our academic members (current teaching staff and students).

Initially two laptops are available for use within the library with more to be added to the collection. The laptops have wireless Internet connection and Microsoft Office 2007 installed on them.

Please see FAQs below for more information. If you would like to borrow a laptop please see a member of staff at the Issue & Enquiry Desk on the 4th floor.

Who can borrow a laptop from IALS Library?
Subject to availability, any member who has either a green stripe or white plastic IALS library card can borrow a laptop.
Does it cost anything to borrow the laptop?
No. Just like the books, it is free to borrow.
Can I take it outside the library?
No. The laptop is to be used within IALS library premises only.
When do I have to return it by?
You need to return the laptop to the Issue and Enquiry Desk on the 4th floor before it closes. The Desk closes at 7:45 p.m. Mon-Fri, at 5:15 p.m. on Saturdays and at 6:15 p.m. on Sundays.
What happens if I am late returning it?
Fines will be charged for late returns at the rate of 50p per hour or part of an hour.
Can I return it using the self-checkout machine?
If the desk is closed, you can return it using the self-checkout machine but please DO NOT drop it in the yellow book return slot. Instead, please hand it to the security guard.
Can I reserve it?
No. The laptops are issued on a first come first served basis. You can check the library catalogue to see if one is available.
Can I save my work on it?
It is better if you save your work to your own USB flash drive or e mail it to yourself as there is no guarantee that the same laptop will be available for you to use the next time you are in the library.
Does it have Internet connection?
Yes, once you log on it will automatically connect to our wireless network which allows you access to the Internet.
Does it have iCloud or Dropbox on it?
No, but it does have Internet connection so you should be able to access your Dropbox via the web.
Does it have Skype on it?
No. The laptop is intended to be used for research/study purposes only.
Does it have Microsoft Office on it?
Yes, it has Office 2007 installed.
Can I print from it?
No. If you need to print you will need to save your work to a USB flash drive or e mail it to yourself, then access it from one of our desktop PCs and print from there.
Can I access Westlaw and other databases from it?
Depending on your membership status, you may be able to access some electronic resources using your library card. Using databases from a laptop counts as remote access; for full details of who has remote access to which databases, see our "Offsite Access" web page http://ials.sas.ac.uk/library/eservice/remote.htm.
If you need to access our full range of electronic databases it is better to use one of the desktop PCs.
Can I install programmes on it?
No. For security reasons, we do not allow installation of programmes which are not authorised.
What happens if I lose the laptop or damage it?
Please use the lock provided to secure the laptop. You are solely responsible for its security and safe-keeping. You will be liable to pay for its loss or for any damage caused to it whilst in your care. The amount will depend on what the repair or replacement cost will be.
What other terms and conditions will I be subject to?
By borrowing/using the laptop, you are agreeing to the Conditions of Use, IALS Regulations and Janet Acceptable Use Policies.
Please note that IALS equipment and applications are used entirely at your own risk. The Institute accepts no responsibility for the malfunctioning of any computer equipment or software, loss of data or other damage. Your attention is drawn to IALS Regulations, which form the basis on which Library membership is granted. Regulation 14 and 15 relate to computing equipment in the Library.
IALS Regulations
14. Computing Facilities: Disclaimer
IALS computer equipment and applications are used entirely at the reader's own risk. The Institute accepts no responsibility for the malfunctioning of any computer equipment or application, loss of data, or other damage.
15. Misuse of Computing Facilities
Computer equipment is made available on the understanding that it will be used for legal research purposes. Misuse of the facilities (including the copying, removal, or modification of applications, introduction of unauthorised applications, or transmission of offensive material) is not permitted.
IALS equipment should not be moved or disconnected. Personal equipment should not be connected to IALS equipment without prior permission.
The Institute reserves the right to withdraw permission to use the facilities provided and to take any other relevant action in the event of any abuse of the facilities.
JANET Acceptable Use Policy
Access to the Internet at IALS is provided through the University of London's links with the UK's education and research network known as JANET. All users of IALS computer systems and network services must abide by the conditions for Acceptable Use of the JANET Network. These have been defined by the Joint Information Systems Committee of the Funding Councils and apply to all JANET connected sites.
Please see the JANET Acceptable Use Policy at https://community.ja.net/library/acceptable-use-policy for information on acceptable and unacceptable use. JANET Policy documents are also available at https://community.ja.net/library/janet-policies
A brief guide to IALS Conditions of Use can be found at http://ials.sas.ac.uk/library/eservice/docs/IALS_computing_conditions_guide.pdf
Where can I get further help?
If you need any more help with using the laptop or any other general IT issues, please contact a member of staff at the Issue & Enquiry Desk on the 4th floor.