Equipment Loans

Information Services have a range of equipment available for short term loan.

This service is available to Aberystwyth University contracted staff and registered undergraduate and postgraduate students in support of the academic aims of the University.

Borrowing equipment - terms of use

All borrowing and use of equipment loan stock is in accordance with Information Services Regulations and Guidelines

  • You must have a current AU library account and an Aber card
  • The equipment is to be used for Aberystwyth University purposes only.
  • The borrower accepts liability for any loss or damage of the equipment.
  • All items are checked on their return and users will be invoiced the cost for repair or replacement of any lost or damaged items.
  • Equipment loans are usually for three days. If you need the equipment for longer, this may be possible, subject to availability; please ask at time of booking.
  • You must return items borrowed as soon as they are due or when requested to do so by Information Services Staff

Please note

  • Equipment must be collected from the Hugh Owen Library - it is not available for postal loan
  • Due to the high demand for equipment loans we recommend you always book equipment in advance. To book please email
  • Batteries - equipment needing rechargeable batteries will have batteries and charger supplied. Please note the batteries may not be fully charged on collection. Where equipment cannot be run on rechargeable batteries then the user will have to supply their own batteries.
  • You can view your equipment loan bookings via Primo using the instructions here
  • You can cancel your equipment loan bookings via Primo using the instructions here
  • You can check the due date of your equipment loans via Primo using the instructions here
  • Equipment will be supplied with instruction manuals and quick start guides where applicable
  • Equipment will be supplied with a pictorial guide to items supplied (e.g. cables etc)

Information Services have the following items available for short term loan:

5-port switch - Student use only Enables the expansion of network connections to multiple devices instantly.
Android Tablets - Staff use only Samsung Galaxy Tab A- 16GB-9.7 inch.
Blu-ray / DVD Player  
Braille displays Providing a compact, tactile interface to a computer.
  • Apple HDMI - An HDMI cable/adapter to connect to an HDTV, display or other HDMI devices.
  • HDMI-DVI - Adapts an HDMI output to a DVI input.
  • HDMI-HDMI - For connecting audio-visual devices together.
  • USB-C to USB3 - Reversible connector shape and  easier to plug in. Use for charging phones, tablets and laptops. 
  • USB 2.0 Male to Female - For extending USB connections.
  • USB to Micro USB - For connecting  devices such as smartphones, Mp3 players, GPS devices, photo printers and digital cameras. 
Camcorders - mini

Small palm sized HD camcorders. SD cards available separately

Card Readers 4 slot. Card Readers. Card compatibility: SDXC, SDHC, SD, Micro SDXC, Micro SDHC, Micro SD.
CD Players Portable CD/Radio Cassette player.
Data Projectors For projecting slide presentations from a computer screen onto a large screen wall.

Deaf alerters - One day loan

A radio-based emergency fire alarm and messaging system for deaf and hard of hearing people. Users receive emergency messages and communications in any building on Campus displaying the Deaf Alerter symbol. For one day loan only.

Desk lamp

Anglepoise lamp.

Digital Stills Cameras SLR digital cameras with 18-55mm wide-angle to mid telephoto zoom lens.  SD cards available separately
Directional Condenser Microphones A lightweight condenser shotgun microphone, designed for professional applications within the film, video, television and production industries.
Document Camera - Staff use only A mechanical arm wireless visualizer with a specially constructed web camera for projecting images of documents and objects crisply and clearly.
DVD/CD/MP3 player Multi Region DVD and CD Player.
External Disk Drive DVD Reader / Writer.
Flip chart Stand Flipchart stand/whiteboard.  Flipchart pads can be purchased if required.
GoPro 2 x Hero and 2 x Hero 3. Small tough, cameras with a wide angle lens designed to capture point-of-view and action shots. Supplied with a range of attachments.  SD cards available separately.
Handheld Camcorder A professional, mobile standard and high definition video camera.  SD cards available separately.
Headphones Beyerdynamic DT109  Professional closed headphones with microphone and jack connections for live broadcast and film applications.
Headset Plug and play USB corded headset with microphone and jack connections for live broadcast and film applications.
Infrared personal hearing loop receiver An assistive audio system to aid communication with hearing impaired people. A popular alternative to an induction loop system.
iPad iPad tablet.
Keyboard Wired keyboard.
Lapel Microphones Discreet lapel microphones that provide broadcast-quality audio.
Laptop Windows 10 with built in webcam, microphone, DVD-RW drive, wired & wireless internet access.
Laser Presentation Remote Kensington Laser Presenter.
Lego Classic - Staff use only Large and Small Lego Classic box.
Magnifiers - one day loan 3 x dome magnifiers, 3 x bar magnifiers, 1 x round hand held magnifier, 1 x rectangular hand held magnifier, 1 x table magnifier. For one day loan in the library only.
Mice Wired mice.
Microdesk A writing board designed for use by individuals with physical or neurological disabilities. For use with a standard, single surface desk.
Microphone - podcaster A dynamic, end-address USB microphone that combines broadcast-quality audio with the simplicity of USB connectivity, allowing recording direct to a computer without the need for an additional digital interface.
Monitor 27" monitor available for students only
PA Systems Public address (PA) systems for amplifying voice or music.
Passthrough powerline adapter uses your household electrical wiring to connect to a router in another room to improve network connection
Personal alarms - One day loan Small hand-held electronic devices which emit a loud siren-like alarming sound. Activated either by a button, or a tag. For one day loan.
Portable hearing loop A sound system for use by people with hearing aids.
Printers B & W Desktop Laser Printer.
Projector Screen Portable projector screens with variable height adjustment.
RFID reader - Staff use only Radio-frequency identification (RFID) readers.
Scanners A4 Flat bed desktop scanners.
SD cards
  • 32GB SD card for digital stills camera.
  • 32GB Micro SD card for GoPro cameras.
  • 8GB Micro SD card for mini camcorders.
  • 64GB SD card for handheld camcorder.
Security Lock for Laptop 5 x locks with keys, 1 x combination lock.
Speaker/Microphone USB speaker / microphone for use with video/web conferencing.
Staff PC For use on campus on PAU domain only
Tablet Stands The desk stand accommodates 12cm - 32cm (4.7" - 12.9") tablets, E-readers and smartphones. The floor stand is compatible with most popular tablets and phones within 9cm - 26cm (3.5" - 10.6")
Touch Tablets Graphics tablet to enable hand-draw images, animations and graphics, with a pen-like stylus.
Tripods Full size tripods with 2 or 3-way panhead with quick release platforms and geared elevators.
USB 3 to Ethernet adapter To easily connect a USB 3.0 device to a router, modem, or network switch.
USB C hub To add connections and ports to laptops or tablets.
USB Charger Multi cable universal USB lead adapter for charging most mobile devices 
USB-C to Ethernet adapter To connect to wired networks with speed and endurance where wireless connectivity is unreliable or inconsistent.
Video Players VHS Video Player.
Voice Recorder Small portable voice recorder. For note-taking in meetings, memos to self etc.
Voice Recorders - zoom handy Handheld recorder for film and broadcast, journalism, podcasting and musical performance.
VR Headsets - Staff use only Bobo VR Z4 Virtual Reality Glasses.
Webcams Plug and play webcam with built in microphone.
Wireless USB Enable a wireless internet connection from a desktop PC or laptop.