Library Computer Services

The Library maintains and supports over 150 computers, all of which run Windows 7. These are located in all libraries, with the largest  number on the first floor of Regenstein Library. Consult our Available Computers page for current locations and availability.

For users with their own computers or mobile devices, all campus libraries provide wireless access to the campus network; most also provide wired ethernet access.

The Library also provides monitors for use with laptops as dual monitor stations. Dual monitor stations are available in the 1st Floor Reading Room of Regenstein, the 1st Floor of Crerar, and in various locations in the D'Angelo Law bookstacks.

Library Electronic Resources

Library computers automatically have access to Library electronic resources. See Connecting to Electronic Resources for information about accessing Library resources from your own computer, either from campus or off campus.

Software Available on Library Computers

The Library provides access to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Library computers can also burn CDs and DVDs and have software for playing DVD movies.

IT Services provides access to other productivity software, such as SPSS, Stata, and Matlab. This can be accessed from Library computers by clicking on the "Access USITE software" link on the desktop.

IT Services also maintains computers with the same software in Stuart Hall, the Reynolds Club, and the Cathey Learning Center. A list of installed software is available here. N.B. This may not be current.

Saving Your Work on Library Computers

Files can be saved temporarily in the Public directory. Files in this directory are deleted every night. We recommend saving files to a flash drive or Webshare as you work, as files deleted from the hard drive can not be recovered.

Windows 7 Language Settings

Languages are handled differently in Windows 7 than in previous versions of Windows. We are no longer able to enable alternate keyboard settings for all users of Library computers. Each user must add the alternate keyboards that they wish to use. You will need to do this on every computer that you use.
Full instructions are here

Problems?

Report any problems with Library computers to our Ask-a-Librarian service. We will attempt to resolve them within 24 hours. Please include you CNetID and the name of the computer where the problem occurred. The computer name should be marked on the case.

Related Services

The Library partners with other units on campus to provide related computing services in campus libraries.

TechB@R at Regenstein

IT Services operates the TECHB@R on the 1st floor of Regenstein. They offer technical support and lend laptop computers, iPads, power cords and other equipment. Lending is limited to patrons who have current borrowing privileges.
Visit the TECHB@R website for more information.

The TECHB@R also offers consulting on popular software, such as Word, Excel, MatLab, Stata, SPSS and more.
See Software Consultations for more information.

CSIL (Computer Science Instructional Lab) at Crerar

CSIL (the Computer Science Instructional Lab) is located on the 1st Floor of the John Crerar Library. Its computers are available for use by current students, faculty and staff during times when they are not needed for class labs.

Research Computing Center (RCC) at Regenstein

The University of Chicago Research Computing Center (RCC) provides high-end research computing resources to researchers at the University of Chicago, including a walk-in laboratory located on the 2nd Floor of Regenstein in Room 216 and a data visualization laboratory in the Kathleen A. Zar Room on the 1st floor of Crerar. Visit the RCC website for more information.