Equipment Loans

This service is available to Aberystwyth University Staff and Students in support of the academic aims of the University.


Our equipment loan service is currently available as part of our Click and Collect Service. To request an equipment loan please email

Borrowing equipment

  • You must have a current AU library account and your Aber card
  • If you have more than £5.00 in fines on your library account you will not be able to borrow equipment
  • Equipment loans are usually for seven days; if you need the equipment for longer, this this may be possible, subject to availability; please ask at time of booking
  • Due to the high demand for equipment loans we recommend you always book equipment in advance. To book please email
  • 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
  • You can renew if the item has not been requested by someone else - please contact us
  • The equipment is held in the Hugh Owen Library.
  • Alternatively, equipment can be delivered, set up and collected for a fee of £35. A departmental order is required at time of booking.
  • 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)
  • Equipment must be returned to the Library from which it was borrowed at the date/time due
  • Late returns of equipment requested by another user will incur a fine of £2 per day.

Please note

  • The equipment is to be used for Aberystwyth University purposes only
  • The borrower accepts liability for any loss or damage of the equipment
  • 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.

Information Services have the following items available for loan:



FAQ Number

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. 2210
Bobo VR Z4 Headsets - Staff use only Virtual Reality Glasses. 3047
Braille displays Providing a compact, tactile interface to a computer. 2371
Apple HDMI An HDMI cable/adapter to connect to an HDTV, display or other HDMI devices. 3010
HDMI-DVI Adapts an HDMI output to a DVI input. 3010
HDMI-HDMI For connecting audio-visual devices together. 3010
USB-C to USB3 Reversible connector shape and  easier to plug in. Use for charging phones, tablets and laptops.  3010
USB 2.0 Male to Female For extending USB connections. 3010
USB to Micro USB For connecting  devices such as smartphones, Mp3 players, GPS devices, photo printers and digital cameras.  3010
Camcorders - mini

Small palm sized HD camcorders good for taking selfies and You Tube videos. SD cards available separately


Card Readers 4 slot. Card Readers. Card compatibility: SDXC, SDHC, SD, Micro SDXC, Micro SDHC, Micro SD. 3026
CD Players Portable CD/Radio Cassette player. 2212
Data Projectors For projecting slide presentations from a computer screen onto a large screen wall. 3032

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 2213
Directional Condenser Microphones A lightweight condenser shotgun microphone, designed for professional applications within the film, video, television and production industries. 3042
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. 3023
DVD/CD/MP3 player Multi Region DVD and CD Player. 2214
External Disk Drive DVD Reader / Writer. 2216
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. 2217
Handheld Camcorder A professional, mobile standard and high definition video camera.  SD cards available separately. 2374
Headphones Beyerdynamic DT109  Professional closed headphones with microphone and jack connections for live broadcast and film applications. 2218
Headset Plug and play USB corded headset with microphone and jack connections for live broadcast and film applications. 3016
Infrared personal hearing loop receiver An assistive audio system to aid communication with hearing impaired people. A popular alternative to an induction loop system. 3048
iPad iPad tablet. 2219
Keyboard Wired keyboard. 3017
Lapel Microphones Discreet lapel microphones that provide broadcast-quality audio. 3030
Laser Presentation Remote Kensington Laser Presenter. 3044
Lego Classic - Staff use only Large and Small Lego Classic box. 3037
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. 3043
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. 3015
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. 3029
Monitor   3018
OfficeExtend access point Provides secure communications from a Cisco WLC to a Cisco AP at a remote location, seamlessly extending the corporate WLAN over the Internet to an employee’s residence.  
PA Systems Public address (PA) systems for amplifying voice or music.  3033

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. 3038
Printers B & W Desktop Laser Printer. 3020
Projector Screen Portable projector screens with variable height adjustment. 3031
Qwizdom Qwizdom Q4 voting systems. Two kits with 32 remotes, one with 26, one with 25.  
RFID reader - Staff use only Radio-frequency identification (RFID) readers.  
Samsung Gear 2017 360 Camera - Staff use only Easily capture a full 360˚ view of the world around you as video or photo.  
Scanners A4 Flat bed desktop scanners. 3021
SD card for Digital Stills Cameras 32GB SD card for stills camera. 3045
SD Card for GroPro 32GB Micro SD card for GoPro cameras. 3045
SD Card for mini camcorder 8GB Micro SD card for mini camcorders. 3045
SD card for handheld Camcorder 64GB SD card for handheld camcorder. 3045
Security Lock for Laptop 5 x locks with keys, 1 x combination lock. 3046
Short-term loan Laptops Windows 10 with built in webcam, microphone, DVD-RW drive, wired & wireless internet access. 2737
Speaker/Microphone USB speaker / microphone for use with video/web conferencing. 3035 -
SS Compact Zoom Microphone A directional microphone limiting interference from nearby sound sources. Useful for recording a particular voice or signal that would otherwise be obscured or overpowered by other sources.  
SS Recording Headset A recording headset for use with a smart pen. The earbuds feature embedded microphones, which can record in high quality stereo audio.  
SS Voice Recorder A small portable mono voice recorder.  
Staff PC - Staff use only Computer supplied with monitor, network cable, power supply cable, mouse, keyboard for long term loan. 3022
Student Laptops - Student use only Windows 10 with built in webcam, microphone, DVD-RW drive, wired & wireless internet access. 2737
Tablet Stands The desk stand accomodates 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") 3039
Touch Tablets Graphics tablet to enable hand-draw images, animations and graphics, with a pen-like stylus. 3028
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. 3040
USB Charger Multi cable universal USB lead adapter for charging most mobile devices  3025
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. 3034
Voice Recorder Small portable voice recorder. For note-taking in meetings, memos to self etc. 3036
Voice Recorders - zoom handy Handheld recorder for film and broadcast, journalism, podcasting and musical performance.  
Webcams Plug and play webcam with built in microphone.  
Wireless USB Enable a wireless internet connection from a desktop PC or laptop. 3024
Working from home PC Viglen computer & monitor, network cable, power supply cable, mouse, keyboard. 2987