PCAS development

PCAS account changes

From 6 September PCAS account authentication will use your Bodleian Libraries username and password (which is also used to login to reading room PCs and Bodleian Libraries WiFi). Information about this account is available from: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/passwords. See below for information about the change and how to transfer credit from an existing PCAS account.

What is my new account?

The username is the 7 digit barcode number on your library card.  Your password was initially set up to be your date of birth in the format ddMMMyyyy.  The password should be reset at register.bodleian.ox.ac.uk.  The same account is used to log in to reading room PCs and access Bodleian wifi.

Why are you making this change?

Using the Bodleian Libraries' login for PCAS will provide the following benefits:

  • Email addresses will automatically be imported for scan jobs. You will no longer have to use the touchpad unless you want to include an additional email address.
  • Accounts will be automatically set up for all new readers.
  • Separate authentication pop-up will not be needed for sending jobs from reading room PCs - PCAS will take authentication from the authentication used to log in to the PC.
  • One less account to remember for many of our readers.
  • More flexibility for future development.

Initially accounts will not automatically be associated with university/Bodleian cards but we aim to develop this in future. Readers will be able to link their card to their account on the device as they can currently by presenting the card and entering the appropriate login details.

What will this mean for my current account?

From 6 September you will need to use the new account details and the old account will no longer work.

What about the unused credit attached to my account?

The balance from previous accounts will not transfer automatically across. You can use the PCAS Balance Portal to transfer credit. It asks for confirmation of the old and new accounts and any unused credit will be transferred.

What if I can't remember my old account details?

Support for balance transfer, and all other aspects of the changes, will be available from the PCAS support team at pcas@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

How will I add credit in the new system?

The methods of adding credit will remain the same - the WebPay portal for credit/debit card top-ups, cash tops at libraries which handle cash, and the cash loader in the Bodleian Library.

Are you making any other changes?

A new fleet of copiers will replace the existing machines offering a greener and more reliable service. The new copiers will come with 'touch' authentication rather than the existing card swipes. Copying and scanning guides will be posted at each device to help readers learn how to use the new equipment.

Prices have been reviewed and colour rates will be significantly lower. A colour A4 copy is reducing from 38p to 20p and A3 from 76p to 40p.

What support is available?

Front line staff will be on hand to answer questions and support will be available from our PCAS support team at pcas@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.  Guides and handouts will be available in the library and posted at: www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/copy/pcas

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