Laptop Vendors

You can borrow a laptop using the self-service machine. These laptop vendors are found on both Linnanmaa and Kontinkangas campuses. Some of them have been closed because of the pandemia, but they are open again!

The laptop borrowing is possible only for students of the university and it is free of charges. The maximum loan period is 4 hours , and you can borrow the device no more than 3 times in a day.
The Optima Locker TM laptop vendors, locations and number of devices:
  • L1PC: Tekniikanaula lobby, 48 laptops and docking stations.  
  • L2PC: Väylä, opposite of L5, 24 laptops with cord connection.  
  • L3PC: Opintokatu - Kemiankatu, near KTK142, 24 laptops with cord connection.  
  • K1PC: PSOAS lobby, 12 laptops and docking stations. (Closed at the moment, but will be opened soon...)
  • K2PC: Kontinkangas, 7A basement, 48 laptops with cord connection (access for teachers possible). 
The devices contain Windows 10 and the most necessary software. Laptops use the secured wireless eduroam network and are within the print service. Users log in the STUDENT domain.
Contact Maintenance of study workstations in case of problem situation or if you, as a teacher, need permission to borrow several laptops.
On this page you can become acquainted with the instructions how to use the laptop vendor and can watch the same videos which are shown on the screen close to the laptop vendor:

Card registration

First register your rfid identifier on the self-service machine. You need for the registration your O365 username of the University of Oulu, mobile phone and rfid identifier which can be in your 24/7 card or in your student card. You can use the same rfid as you use in the printing service. Also other cards, which have been equipped with the rfid identifier, can be used in the service, for example a bonus card, credit card, Oulu card, Woltti travel card. If you have no card that has been equipped with the rfid identifier, fetch the rfid sticker from Campus ICT helpdesk and paste it to some of your cards.

Act this way:

1. Snap Is this your first time? in case you haven’t registered any card in the service yet.

2. Enter your mobile phone number. The Finnish operator’s number can be entered without a county code in form 04012345678. The foreign number must be entered with the country code, for instance +44678901234.

3. Enter your O365 username of the University of Oulu in form

4. Enter your password.

5. Snap Register.

6. Place your card on the scanner.

7. Snap Return.

8. You will get the PIN code as a text message. Remember it, you will need it when you borrow.


You can borrow the laptop only using your registered card.

Act this way:

1. Place your card on the scanner. Use only the registered card.

2. The machine is asking for your PIN code. If you do not remember it, you can order the new one to your mobile phone and to your e-mail by snapping Forgot your PIN code?
- Enter your PIN code and snap Enter.

3. The machine is showing the number of that locker from where you can take the laptop.

4. The locker is opened. Release the device this way:

a) docking station: pull the Close button lightly

b) cord: loose the cord by pulling it outwards vertically

5. Take the device carefully out from the locker.

6. Close the hatch.

7. You get the email message of which the sender is

The loan period is no more than four (4) hours. If you do not return a device within a loan period, you will get reminders to your e-mail. If you do not return a device even after the reminders, the university will take the needed measures.

You can borrow the device no more than three (3) times per day. The loan period cannot be prolonged but the device has to be returned within four hours. If you begin a new loan, you will get a new device. The returned device is charged in its locker and so it cannot be borrowed immediately again.


Return the device within four (4) hours loan period to the same vendor where you borrowed it.

Act this way:

1. Place your card on the scanner. Use only the registered card.

2. Snap Check in item.
- Alternatively you can leave a reclamation by snapping Leave reclamation and check in item. Then choose the reason: Item was broken / Battery was empty or low power / Software problem / Cancel.

3. The locker is opened. Place the device into locker and connect it this way:

a) If there is a docking station, place the laptop into it so that the arrows in the Docking Station labels will settle face to face. Then lock the dock station by pushing the Close button lightly. Still make sure that the light in the button is on.

b) If there is a cord, connect it to the laptop. The right place for the cord is near the name sticker of the laptop. Look these example pictures:

L3PC connectionL2PC connection

4. Close the hatch.

5. You get the email message of which the sender is


Last updated: 24.8.2021