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Computers and Printing

There is a Computer Room on the Library Third Floor, and workstations on each floor. In addition there are three PCs on the Ground Floor for checking email and searching the Library's catalogue - included in the University's catalogue 'iDiscover' - accessed via the web. A computer room is also available in the Fisher Building.

Using the Computers

All workstations are part of the Managed Cluster Service (a service provided by the University Computing Service in conjunction with the Computer Manager's Office) and are connected to University network servers known as the 'DS' - Desktop Services.

To use any of the computers / iMacs you must log on to the network with your DS user id and password. Almost every new member of College will have been registered before arriving in College and will receive a letter from the University Computing Service with his or her details.

You are advised to change your password the first time you log on to the network. If you have not received a registration letter, you will have to register with the University Computing Service. 

These machines are not available for use by readers who are not members of St John's College.

Printing, Photocopying and Scanning

There is a multi-functional device on the Ground Floor and another on the Third Floor. Both devices provide colour and black and white printing, photocopying and scanning. You will need your University Card to log on to the devices. To use the printing and photocopying facilities, you need to purchase eCredit. This can be done online using a credit or debit card, or in person at the University Computing Service Reception (New Museums Site). Instructions on how to do this are available from the Library Issue Desk.

There is a scanner in the Mezzanine Floor 'Bubble' over the main entrance and one in the Third Floor Computing Room.  Both must be used in conjunction with the computer to which they are connected.

For instructions on printing, scanning, photocopying and more, please see our Printing Guide and Print Advice leaflets (attached as PDFs below)

Charges are as follows :

  • Black and white copies : 3p per A4 sheet, 6p per A3 sheet
  • Colour copies : 25p per A4 sheet, 50p per A3 sheet
  • Scanning : free

Please observe the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 when photocopying copyright material. It is a criminal offence to infringe this Act. Guidelines on copying copyright materials are displayed by each copier.  Please read them.


A wireless network is available throughout the Library. Laptops may be connected to the internet via points at most desks. All laptops must be registered for use in the College with College network management system.

For information on connecting to the Eduroam Wi-Fi, please visit this page. Smartphones can connect to this network too.

I.T. Department and Helpdesk

For further details on the College's computing facilities you are advised to read the IT Department information on this website. For contact information, please visit the IT Support page

Students are welcome to visit the IT Helpdesk located on the Ground Floor of the Library to receive advice in person. The opening hours of this helpdesk are listed in the support page linked above.