Computers and Wireless
Access to Library Electronic Resources
Library computers in Library buildings automatically have access to Library electronic resources.
Some wireless networks also provide access to Library electronic resources; see Wireless below.
See Off-Campus Access to connect to Library resources from off campus.
Use of Library computers and wireless networks is subject to the terms of the Library's Policy on Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources and the University's Policy on Information Technology Use and Access.
The Library provides computers for patron use in all libraries.
See Places to Study with Patron Computers for locations.
Software Available on Library Computers
- Chrome, Firefox, Edge
- Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- vLan Video Player, which plays DVDs from any region
- CD/DVD burning
- R Studio, Stata and Matlab
Saving Files on Library Computers
Users should save files on a file sharing service such as UChicago Box or a flash drive. Files saved to Library computers are deleted nightly and cannot be recovered.
Dual Monitor Stations
The Library also provides monitors for use with laptops as dual monitor stations.
Dual monitor stations have VGA connectors; laptops may require an adapter (adapters may be borrowed from the TechBar).
See Places to Study with Dual Monitors for locations.
Problems with Library Computers
Use Ask a Librarian to report problems with Library computers or dual monitor stations. Include your CNetID and the name of the computer (marked on the computer's case) in your report.
Wireless access is available throughout all campus libraries.
- Try connecting to the eduroam network which is 5Ghz.
- For further help see IT Services’ page on Wireless Network Access.
- If you continue to have problems with wireless, please report them to IT Services using the WiFi Trouble Report form.
eduroam (UChicago faculty, students, staff)
Use your full UChicago email address and password to authenticate and join the eduroam network. UChicago faculty, students and staff are strongly encouraged to use eduroam, as it is optimized for the most recent devices.
UChicago faculty, students, and staff connecting to eduroam will have access to Library electronic resources.
All data transferred over the eduroam network is encrypted and cannot be seen by other users.
eduroam for visitors
Campus visitors from other eduroam institutions will have access to the internet and will be able to authenticate to the electronic resources for which their home institution provides off campus access.
Visitors connecting to eduroam will not have access to electronic resources licensed to the University of Chicago.
For instructions on connecting to eduroam, contact your home institution.
uchicago-secure (UChicago alumni, faculty, students, staff)
Use your CNetID and password to authenticate and join the uchicago-secure network. IT Services recommends using this network only if your device cannot connect to eduroam.
Uchicago alumni, faculty, students, and staff connecting to eduroam will have access to Library electronic resources.
All data transferred over the uchicago-secure network is encrypted and cannot be seen by other users.
The uchicago-guest network allows faculty and full-time staff at the University of Chicago to sponsor guests on the wireless network by creating temporary accounts they may use for up to two weeks. Event organizers may use uchicago-guest to provide wireless access to attendees of meetings, symposia, and other events.
Uchicago-guest does not provide access to electronic resources licensed to the University of Chicago.
See the Wireless Guest Network FAQ for more information.
Library Guest Credentials
Library visitors may be issued guest credentials that allow them to use Library computers, as well as the unencrypted uchicago wireless network, both of which include access to Library electronic resources.
Guest credentials are issued by the ID & Privileges Office and expire when a user's library privileges expire.