1. Welcome ​to the LRC

1.2. Facilities & Services

Computer Workstations

The computer workstations within the LRC enable you to access the internet, plus a variety of online e-learning resources including e-books and learning resources on SOLAR (Virtual Learning Environment ) course page. They also give access to Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite software, as well as b & w and colour printing, scanning and photocopying facilities.

Using the computers

Always keep a backup of your work!

When you are working from home make sure the applications you use are compatible with those in college. You can access your files from college or home via "Windows Share Access" - which you can find on the top right hand corner of SOLAR.

'Free Wi-Fi is available.' Password: student68.

Your session on the computer

Five minutes before your session is due to end, a message will come up on screen to advise you to save your work.

You must remember to log off when you are finished.

At this point, you can also request more time and extend your session. You can do this when prompted onscreen or alternatively seek assistance at the front desk.


If you cannot remember your password or it isn't working, you can get it reset at the front desk with your Student ID card. It is your responsibility to keep your password safe and not share it with anyone else.

To prevent having your account disabled change your password when prompted.

Passwords must be at least 8 characters and should consist of a mixture of lower and upper case letters and numbers.

Passwords must be re-set on a College PC.

The LRCs' computers are for study use only; you may not play games for example. The workstations are provided for the assistance of your studies. Misuse of the equipment can lead to students being blocked from certain sites or banned from using them for longer periods for continued misuse.


Within the LRC there is a large selection of books, as well as a number of journals and magazines. There are also designated areas within the library section of the LRC, whereby students can work away from the workstations. As well as these spaces there are private study rooms available if you feel that you need complete silence to concentrate, or are easily distracted by others and need to work somewhere away from the crowd.

Book & DVD Loans

PLEASE NOTE: You must have your college ID card to borrow from the library

You are entitled to borrow up to 8 items from the library.

  • Loan periods vary between timed, overnight, 1 week, 4 weeks & 8 weeks for core textbooks.
  • Due to high demand some books are kept as reference and are not allowed out on loan.
  • You are expected to manage your library account responsibly.
  • Please return any items issued to you by the date shown on the item.
  • Please do not borrow a book for a friend.
  • You may renew an item as long as no-one else has reserved it.
  • Items should always be returned personally to the LRC desk.
  • If you cannot find what you are looking for, please speak to a member of the LRC staff and we will arrange a reservation or transfer of an item wherever possible.
  • Fines become applicable once an item is overdue.

* Overdue notices are sent out to remind you to return your borrowed items after 7, 14 and 21 days


You can renew your books in 4 ways

  1. In person

  2. By telephone

  3. Via email

  4. Online

PLEASE NOTE: If you have items overdue, you will not be able to renew online.


Laptops can be loaned to students for use within the LRC only. Please bring your ID card and ask staff about this

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If you lose/forget your ID card you will need a replacement. Replacement cards cost £1

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Colour printing is available. Please ask the LRC staff about this


Scanning facilities are available. Please ask the Learning Resources staff


Give your projects and coursework a professional finish by having them bound. Binding services are available for a small charge of 50p.​ Cronton LRC only. Please contact the print room if you have a similar request at Riverside

Laminating laminator

If you need something laminating it costs 20p for an A4 sheet and 50p for A3. 

Cronton LRC only. Please contact the print room if you have a similar request at Riverside.