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Getting Started

A guide on getting started with your campus library

IT Facilities

Library Computers

There are computers available throughout each library. You can log into them with your university email (e.g. ab123456@essex.ac.uk) and password.

At the current time, you will need to book in advance to use computers in Colchester and Loughton. 

Wi-Fi

You can log into the 'eduroam' network using your email address (e.g. ab123456@essex.ac.uk) and password from anywhere in the library.

Further information can be found on the IT Helpdesk eduroam information page. If you have any problems connecting, please ask at the IT helpdesk.

Laptop loans

Each campus has a collection of laptops for loan.

To borrow a laptop, you need your student card. You can borrow a laptop for up to 3 hours at a time.

For full details, see our Laptop Loans page.

Saving work

All computers/laptops in the library have storage options.

Each device has USB drives which you can use to connect a memory stick.

You have up to 1GB of storage on your M: drive which you can access from any university PC.

The university also has a subscription to Box and OneDrive, which are forms of cloud storage that allow access from anywhere you have an internet connection.

MFDs (Printing and Photocopying)

The library has MFDs (Multi-Functional Devices) which allow you to print, scan and photocopy.

You can use these devices to:

  • Print documents from a device and memory stick
  • Photocopy up to A3 sized paper
  • Scan to email and memory stick.

Please ask a member of staff if you want any help with printing or using the MFDs.

Passwords

As a student at the university, you will have your own email and password.

You can use these login details to access your library account and e-resources.

You can reset your password online, and get further help via the IT Helpdesk.

Logging into e-mail

You can use Microsoft Outlook to access your e-mails on any university device, or access webmail via email.essex.ac.uk

To access your e-mails, you will need your e-mail address (ab123456@essex.ac.uk) and your password.

Forwarding e-mail to another account

The Student Email Forwarding page has instructions on how to forward your student email to a personal account.

Accessing e-mail from a smart phone or tablet

You can download Microsoft Outlook on your device to access your e-mails, or you can access webmail via email.essex.ac.uk

Printing in the Library

All of our libraries have printers.

Loughton – printing and photocopying will only be available using the mobile printing service and to those who have booked a study space. If there is a queue you may be asked to come back at a quieter time. An alternative printer is located in reception.

If a printer is out of paper or has an issue, please get in touch with the library helpdesk, and we will sort the issue.

Printing on Campus

There is no cost for printing on campus, it is free. For more information check the IT Services' Printing page.

Further IT help

For more information, you can look at the IT Services page.