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Open Access Computing and Assistive Technology

Library Services during Coronavirus

The Library building, including the 24/7 learning space, is now closed until further notice. Our services and support are online. If you do not have access to a PC or laptop please contact your school/faculty.

Please see our FAQs Library Guide for more information, help and support.

Open Access Computing

There are 210 PCs available in the Library. Anyone with a University Card has access to this facility.

  • Level 0 = 128 PCs
  • Level 1 = 56 PCs
  • Level 2 = 11 PCs
  • Level 3 = 15 PCs

High Spec PCs on Level 0 (outside 008 & at South West of 003):

Priority for these machines is given to Library users using the engineering software provided:

  • ANSYS Icepak 14.9

  • LUSAS Modeller

  • Master series

  • SolidWorks

  • Tekla Structures

Weekly updates are performed to install the latest software and security patches. This requires a period of shutdown, generally during the night. Each computer has a tag attached with details of shutdown times.

If you are logged in to a computer you will also receive a pop-up warning to give you time to save your work and log out.

To check availability of PCs across the campus, use the PC Finder tool.

Software for learners

Specialist software is available on all university computers.


This is ‘brain-storming’ or ‘mind-mapping’ software. It can help you with organising essays, arranging notes, planning presentations, etc. 

MindView Guide

TextHELP Read&Write

This programme includes the following features:
  • Screen reader - to read aloud from documents and web pages
  • Spell checker - homonyms (bare/bear etc.)
  • Word Wizard - to help you understand what you read 
ReadWrite Guide


Sonocent is software for PC and Mac which offers a visual and interactive form of note taking. Audio recordings are transformed from a single stream of information to easy to interpret coloured bars. Audio Notetaker is an ideal piece of assistive technology software to help with note-taking.

Sonocent Audio Notetaker guide

See the Library Guide for more information on assistive equipment and software.

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Modified 25/03/2020