University LibraryVisitors and alumni

Walk-in user scheme

Walk-in user scheme

The University Library has desktop PCs and printer-photocopiers that external users/alumni can use.  The Library issues one-day walk-in passwords for this purpose. To obtain a walk-in password, you must present some form of photographic ID, and sign an agreement to abide by the University's IT Acceptable Use Policy.  You can do this at the Reception Desk of the University Library when you are signed into the building.

These passwords are limited in number, so the Library reserves the right to withdraw this service during peak times.  Walk-in passwords provide access to the Microsoft Office suite of applications, the internet, and much of the Library’s electronic journals and databases.  N.B.They do not provide access to the University’s wireless network

Most of the Library’s online resources are on paid subscriptions, and are provided on the understanding that they will only be used for non-commercial purposes. However, using them for professional development and other non-commercial purposes is perfectly acceptable.  

The University offers printing and photocopying at competitive prices, and the usual £5 minimum charge is not levied on external users, so you can pay for just as much printing or photocopying as you want.  You can also scan documents free of charge. 

Wi-fi access for visitors

Visitors from other higher education establishments should be able to connect to our wireless network on campus providing their home institution is a member of Eduroam.

eduroam (EDUcation ROAMing) is a world-wide community whose aim is to "open your laptop and be online". eduroam allows users (researchers, teachers, students, staff) from participating institutions to securely access the Internet from any eduroam-enabled institution. The eduroam principle is based on the fact that the users' authentication is done by the user's home institution, whereas the authorisation decision allowing access to the network resources is done by the visited network. Put simply, a Loughborough user can visit other eduroam institutions and log into their network using their Loughborough University username and password.

eduroam uses 802.1X to authenticate users. To enable authentication at any eduroam site, a world-wide hierarchical infrastructure of authentication servers (RADIUS) exists which securely tunnel users' authentication attempts back to their home institution.