Computer Laboratory


Library Photocopier

This machine replaces the previous coin operated copier, and is available free of charge to all users. However, please do not abuse this facility and we would, therefore, remind you to avoid making large numbers of copies, or copying a large part of any work. Specifically, users are asked to remain within the terms of the CLA license.

Making a copy

To make a single copy of an original, simply open the lid of the copier and carefully place your original on the glass, paying especial attention to the alignment marks around the edge. For A4 sized originals centre the top of your document against the left hand edge of the glass. Once you have placed your original, close the lid and press the green button on the extreme right of the control panel. There may be a short delay before copying starts.

Making multiple copies

If you need to make more than one copy from a single original, then proceed as above, but before pressing the green copy button, select the required number of copies using the numeric keypad.

Enlargement and reduction

The copier is able to reduce or enlarge an original to any ratio between 25% and 400%, corresponding to a fourfold decrease or increase respectively in the linear dimensions of your original. In most cases, it will suffice to use one of the preset ratios. To do this simply press the zoom button repeatedly until the desired ratio appears in the display. If none of the presets match your requirements, press the zoom button and then use the arrow keys to set the required ratio in increments of one percent. Once the ratio is set, proceed as above to make a copy.

Double sided copying

It is possible to make double sided copies, although the lack of a document feeder means this is a two stage process. Press the duplex button (immediately underneath the menu button) until the display shows 1 > 2. Now place the first side of your original on the glass as instructed above and press the green copy button. At this stage no paper will appear in the output tray. Now, turn your original over and position the second side. Once again, press the green button and your copy will be made. If you select this mode accidentally, then before copying the second side, you may press the ‘C’ key to clear the first image stored in the copier. Please remember to press the duplex button again to reselect 1 > 1 when you have finished.

If you have any questions about or problems with this copier then please ask the librarian for assistance.

Comb Binding Machine

These notes are intended to help you use the binding machine effectively, producing high quality results with the minimum of effort. If you experience any difficulty in using the machine then please ask the librarian who will be happy to help.

Before you start

Firstly, take a sheet of paper, insert it into the slot toward the rear of the machine making sure that it is pushed up against the yellow end stop, and then pull the lever towards you to punch the holes. Examine the position of these holes to check that they are complete and centered to the page. If necessary use the screw to adjust the end stop and repeat the above process. Once you are satisfied with the position of the holes you can start punching your document.

Punching your document

Firstly, holding all the pages together, tap the edges on the table top to ensure that all the sheets of paper are aligned with each other. Now, taking a few sheets at a time, drop them into the slot, again ensuring that they are pushed up against the stop, and pull the lever. Do not attempt to punch more than about ten pages at once as an exessive thickness can damage the punch mechanism and will leave rough holes in your document which can cause problems later. Finally, once all pages have been finished, take a back and front cover from the stack behind the machine and punch those in the same way.

Selecting the correct comb

The basic idea is to use the smallest binding comb which will comfortably take all of your printed pages. If the comb is too small it will be difficult to turn the pages and make the binding step harder; conversely, using an unnecessarily large comb produces an untidy result. As a guide, hold all of your document together firmly and compare the thickness with the width of the solid spine on the comb.

Binding the document

To begin with, check that the knob on the right hand side of the machine is turned fully backwards. Now take the comb with the spine toward the back of the machine, the opening upwards, and insert it between the teeth on the front of the unit. Next, turn the knob forwards to open up the comb. Holding the punched pages vertically, align the row of holes with the barbs on the comb, and, making sure that all barbs are engaged in the corresponding hole, turn the knob backwards. This last step is easier to perform with practice. If, therefore, you have any difficulty, it is often easier to feed the pages onto the comb in more than one batch, letting them fall forwards once the barbs are correctly engaged. Another possibility is to ask someone to hold the knob steady (thus keeping the comb open) while you use both hands to align your document. Only as a last resort should you use a larger comb. Finally, with the knob turned fully back, lift the bound document out of the machine.

Television and Video

To facilitate viewing of past seminar videos and other recordings kept in the library a combined TV/Video machine is available for use. Please note that it is only to be used for viewing tapes held in the library, and not for any other recordings or broadcasts.

Setting up

To set up the machine ready for use, plug the power lead of the television into one of the spare sockets in the floorbox underneath the set. Similarly, to avoid disturbing other library users, please remember to use the headphones. These may be connected to the socket on the extreme right hand side of the control panel underneath the video slot. Now press the power button on the left hand side of the control panel.

Playing a video

At first when you turn the set on you will only see noise on the screen. Proceed to insert the video cassette into the slot on the front in the direction indicated on the tape, and with the window showing the spools uppermost. After a while the machine will take the tape from you and load it into position. If necessary you should rewind the tape at this stage using the '<<' button in the right hand block of controls. Now press the 'play' button indicated by the usual '>' symbol, again found in the right hand block of controls. The video will start playing and you should see a picture in a few moments.

Controlling playback

Now you can adjust the headphones volume to suit your requirements by using the '+' and '-' buttons in the left hand block of controls. Similarly, if you want to skip forwards or backwards in the recording then press '>>' or '<<' respectively, which will keep the picture running forwards or back until the 'play' button is pressed again when normal playback will resume. If you need to make larger jumps in the tape's position then press stop first before using fast-forward or rewind. You will not be able to monitor the picture, but the tape will wind more quickly. In this case, the counter displayed at the bottom of the screen (graduated in minutes and seconds) is useful in locating the correct position. When you have finished viewing the tape, press stop once, remember to rewind it, and then press stop a second time to eject the tape.