Laptop loans (Chromebooks)
Laptops are available for students to borrow from self-service lockers. You can borrow one for up to four hours for use on campus, using your student ID card.
The laptops are Chromebooks, which are not quite the same as regular PCs, so please take a minute to become familiar with them.
Holloway (36 Chromebooks)
- Learning Centre: 24 lockers with Toshiba Chromebooks and 12 lockers for charging your own device
- Blue Met Lounge, Tower Building: 12 lockers with Viglen Chromebooks
Aldgate (12 Chromebooks)
- Aldgate Library Student Lounge, 1st floor Calcutta House: 12 lockers with HP Chromebooks
What are Chromebooks?
Chromebooks are fast simple laptops designed to be used while connected to the internet.
- Operating system and programs: Chromebooks use Google’s Chrome operating system, which doesn’t have the same programs as Windows or Apple, although some apps have similar functionality, eg Google Docs, Google Sheets.
- To find the apps, navigate to the bottom left and click the circle icon. Some apps have shortcuts in the bottom left hand corner, eg Google Drive.
- Google provides a general overview of their apps
- If you need more advanced software please use a desktop computer instead.
- Internet: Chromebooks are intended to be used while connected to the internet and most applications and documents live in ‘the cloud’.
- The Chromebooks automatically connect to the University's WiFi. They can only be used on campus.
- If you have something you want to keep, save it to your Google drive or an external storage device (eg USB flash or hard drive).
- Security: Your personal data is deleted when you close the lid or press the Exit session button.
- This ensures users can’t see each other’s files or browsing history, but also means you can’t save anything on the Chromebook.
Who can borrow a Chromebook?
London Met students with a valid student card and library record. The service is currently not available to staff, External Readers or visitors.
- Use your student card to activate the self-service lockers
- You must use the same student card to return the Chromebook
- The Chromebook is checked out to your library account
- If you have outstanding issues with your library account you need to resolve them before trying to borrow a Chromebook
- You can check your library account to see when you have to return the Chromebook
- When you return the Chromebook to the locker, make sure you reconnect it to the power supply and close the door, otherwise the Chromebook will still be checked out on your library account.
- Chromebooks can be borrowed for 4 hours. After returning a Chromebook you can borrow another if there is one available.
- The use of the Chromebooks must adhere to the University’s ICT Acceptable Usage Policy
- You are responsible for the Chromebook during the loan period. The Chromebook shouldn’t be left unattended at any time or loaned to anyone else. If there is an issue with a Chromebook you should notify a member of IT or Library staff.
Borrowing and returning Chromebooks
How to borrow a Chromebook
- Touch screen to begin
- Select Borrow
- Swipe student card on card reader under the touch screen
- Accept terms and conditions
- The next available Chromebook locker will flash
- Re-swipe student card at the locker tower (this is to ensure that the door unlocks only when you are standing in front of the locker)
- Door unlocked
- Remove device
- Shut locker door
How to return a Chromebook
- Select ‘Return’ - scan Student card
- Return locker is displayed. You will be sent back to the same locker bay from which you borrowed the device.
- Unlock and open the door (no need to re-ID as there is no device in the locker bay)
- Plug in Chromebook to charger lead
- (Note: You must plug in the Chromebook otherwise it won’t register as having been returned)
- Shut the locker door
- (Again, you must shut the door or the Chromebook won’t register as having been returned)
Using a Chromebook
- Logging in: use your student email credentials
- Accessibility settings: Select alt+shift+s or click in the bottom right hand corner. For ease of use it is recommended to switch any accessibility settings before logging in.
- Function keys and short cuts: a handy print-out is available - Getting started with Chromebooks
- Printing: from a browser, go to https://print.londonmet.ac.uk and log in to your print account. You can choose to print to a variety of printers on both campuses.
- Shutting down the Chromebook: close the lid or press ‘Exit’
- You can log in again by re-opening the lid and entering email credentials
- Shut down the Chromebook before returning it to the locker
- Connecting peripherals: the Chromebooks have HDMI, USB connections, MicroSD card Reader and a mini-jack headphone port. We do not supply HDMI cables or any other peripherals.
- For assistance using the Chromebooks or any technical issues, please contact the ICT Servicedesk .
About the project
The self-service Chromebooks loan is a joint project between the Library and ITS. Staff from both departments have been working together to arrange lockers to be installed and connected to the Library systems. This will allow us to offer Chromebook loans in the same way that the Library loans books, making it more convenient for students.