Bill Bryson Library Computing Facilities
There are two open access computer rooms in the Bill Bryson Library, E-den on Level 2 and a further room on Level 3. Both rooms have a scanner and self-service printers. The Level 3 computer room also houses a consumables machine selling equipment such as USB memory sticks and a self-service machine for purchasing printer credits which is located by the printers. Additional networked computers are located throughout the building and the East Wing extension.The computing facilities are managed by Computing and Information Services. Details about the specification of the computers can be found on the CIS web pages.
The Library offers members of Durham University access to a range of online resources, which are available through our web pages. To access e-resources visit our databases and e-journals webpages, or search the catalogue to find the resources you need.
Laptop loan service
A wireless laptop loan service is available which enables users to work online anywhere within the Bill Bryson Library. Thirty laptops are available for 4-hour loan on a first come, first served basis. The machines run the IT Service's based classroom desktop to provide a consistent student desktop environment. This service provides access to the Internet, Microsoft Office, printing facilities, and to the J: drive.
The laptops can be used throughout the Bill Bryson Library building wherever a wireless signal is present. The Bill Bryson Library has wireless access points on each floor, providing wireless connectivity to most seating areas in the library, providing students with a flexible choice of location. This provision enables users to access online electronic information resources alongside traditional books and journals to tailor a learning environment appropriate to their needs.
A number of netbooks are also available for use within the Bill Bryson Library. The netbooks operate on a self-service basis and can be collected from Level 2.
Computing facilities for visitors
The University Library offers access to a limited range of online resources to users of the Library who are not otherwise full members of the University. A registration procedure needs to be followed on every visit to the Library during which you require to use online resources. Details of this service can be found in our guide to online access for non-University users. The computers available for this service at the Bill Bryson Library are located on Level 2 in the group study area.