Access to the School's computer laboratories is fairly free. The only restrictions are that some labs are restricted to students studying certain courses, and that only one person can use any given workstation at one time. At busy times, this can make it hard to find a terminal to use.
In order to enforce a fair sharing of the limited number of terminals at these busy times, a Terminal Allocation and Booking System (TABS) has been developed. It is a System which allows people to Book access to a Terminal at a particular time in a particular lab, and which will, when the time comes, Allocate a terminal to that person, making sure that no-one else uses it.
In order to interact with the booking system, you can use one of three applications called book, the text-based user interface to the booking system or tkbook, the graphical user interface, or Control_Panel, the graphical-web user interface. You are able to use book or tkbook at any workstation or booking terminal (see section 1.2.7 on page for more information on booking terminals). Using book or tkbook you will be able to make, inspect, or cancel personal bookings. More information on how to make a booking is provided in section 1.5.3 on page .