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The University of Bolton Library

Facilities and Services

Laptops and Equipment

Laptop Loans

The Library's main laptop loan service is available again - and the loan period has been extended from three hours to five hours. Laptops are available from the Laptop Lockers near the Peter Marsh Library Helpdesk. Just swipe your ID card to open a locker and the laptop will be issued to your Library account. 

Five Hour Loan laptops may be taken anywhere on campus but they must be returned before the end of the five hour period. See details of fines for overdue items.

Longer term laptop loans for eligible students

If you have received full entitlement of Student Finance support you can apply to borrow a laptop for the full duration of the academic year. Please contact the Student Advisors to make an application. 

Short term loans for students

If you are struggling for access to a laptop and need to borrow one on a short term basis, for example while your personal laptop is being repaired, short term loans are available that will last for a semester from the helpdesk.

In order to receive a laptop we will need confirmation from a tutor that you do need one. To do so they will just need to email with a recommendation for a laptop loan.

The loans are issued to your student card in the same way a book is. 

Please note that if you take a short term loan for one semester it may not be renewed for a second semester depending on the demand level for laptops.


University Staff

Staff needing to borrow a laptop for work purposes should discuss their needs with their line manager and Head of Department. Their Head of Department can make a request on their behalf to the Head of Information Systems and Technology.

Once the request is approved, a member of the Library Helpdesk will be in touch to arrange the loan of the device. 


You can borrow a headset from the Peter Marsh Library Helpdesk. If making a video call or participating in an online lesson we recommend use of the Group Study Zone or SLZ. They must be returned before the end of the four hour period. See details of fines for overdue items