Computers in the libraries

Find an available computer.

  • 160+ public computers are available through the Mearns Centre for Learning; 46 laptops are available for loan from the Main Loan Desk and Music & Media Services. All library workstations are governed by our Computer Use Policy.

I need help!

  • Get help with printing, downloading and saving files at the Library Help Desk.

Helpful links:

  • Printing
    • How to print, PaperCut printing software, wireless printing from personal laptops.
  • Adaptive technology rooms
    • Information on equipment and software available for students with print-based and learning disabilities.
    • Priority for this equipment and software is given to those who require adaptive technologies. You may be asked to move to another workstation.

Tips for working on library computer workstations

  • Save your work regularly.
  • Log off when you are finished at a workstation.
  • Exit the application appropriately when finished.
  • The libraries are not responsible for lost work or misprints.

Saving and download documents

There are three options for saving documents in the Learning Commons:

1. UVic Individual temp directory ("I"drive) - **recommended option**

  • Select File > Save
  • In the Save As dialog box: 
    • Enter a file name
    • Select the following location to save to: \\netdrive.uvic.ca\ (I:)
    • Create new folder here, naming it the same as your Netlink ID **
    • Open the folder you just created and save your document there.

Having your individual temp folder created on the I: drive will allow you to access it from elsewhere on campus, and from home, if you have installed the UVic VPN client. 

** Be sure to read the "Read me first" information file in the \\netdrive.uvic.ca\ (I:). Any folders that are not named using the Netlink ID naming convention will be automatically renamed on a regular basis.

2. My Documents and/or Desktop

Documents may be saved to MyDocuments or to the Desktop, but please note: files saved to My Documents or to the Desktop will not be available from other campus computer labs or from home. Files you save to a Learning Commons computer will be available from any workstation within the Learning Commons when you log in with your Netlink ID.

We still recommend saving to an external storage device or to \\netdrive.uvic.ca\ (I:) before ending your session.

3. D: drive for CD, USB or flash drive

Select "D:" to save to the CD-RW drive, or select your external storage device. Remember to take your external drive (USB) or disk when you leave!

When downloading files or documents via the Internet, use the same instructions outlined above in order to keep a copy of whatever files you obtain.

Emailing documents and editing emailed documents

Use UVic Webmail or other web-based email applications (Hotmail, GMail etc) to email documents to yourself.

When opening a document from your web-based email application, save the document to the desktop before editing or printing your paper.

Software available on Learning Commons workstations

Software (LC Workstations)

Description

Adobe Flash Player  (FireFox Plugin)

Application framework for running rich internet applications

Adobe Flash Player  (IE Plugin)

Application framework for running rich internet applications

Adobe Reader

PDF file viewing application

ArcGIS Platform (includes ArcCatalog, ArcGlobe, ArcMap, and ArcScene)

Professional GIS software for creating layered maps and conducting spatial analysis.

Beyond 2020 Professional Browser

Spreadsheet software to view data produced by Statistics Canada

Chinese Simplified Font Support for Adobe Reader

Cn3D Macromolecular Strucure Viewer (IE Plugin)

Plugin to view 3-D structures in a web browser

EndNote Web

Web-based reference organizer and collaboration tool. Works with your word-processor to create citations.

FireFox

Free and open source web browser

Google Earth Pro

Virtual globe, map and geographical information program

Internet Explorer

Web browser

Java Runtime Enviroment  (IE & FireFox Plugin)

Provides the components needed to run applets and applications written in the Java programming language.

Komposer

Complete Web Authoring System

MS .NET Framework

Provides the components needed to run applications written in the .NET programming language.

MS Office 2007 Compatibility Pack

Compatiblilty plugin to open Office 2010 files and documents

MS Office Pro Plus 2016

Productivity Suite

MS Office Pro Plus Access 2016

Relational database management system

MS Office Pro Plus Excel 2016

Spreadsheet application

MS Office Pro Plus InfoPath 2016

Application for designing, distributing, filling and submitting electronic forms

MS Office Pro Plus Outlook 2016

Personal information manager

MS Office Pro Plus PowerPoint 2016

Presentation program

MS Office Pro Plus Publisher 2016

Desktop publishing application

MS Office Pro Plus Word 2016

Word Processor

MS Silverlight (IE Plugin)

Application framework for running rich internet applications, with features and purposes similar to those of Adobe Flash.

MS Visual C++ 2008

Provides the components needed to run applications written in the VC++ 2008 programming language.

Papercut MF Client

Payment utility for public printing in the Library and participating campus locations

PuTTy

Free and Open Source Terminal Emulator Application

Python

Scripting Language for ArcGIS 10.3 platform (Room 130 & Dell 7020 computers in LC)

Roxio Creator

Application suite for creating digital media (video, photo, music, data) projects to burn to CD/DVD

Roxio Creator Audio

Application for creating and burning Audio CDs

Roxio Creator Copy

Application for copying CDs/DVDs to CDs/DVDs

Roxio Creator Data

Application for burning Data Cds/DVDs

7-Zip

Program for manipulating files and folders

Siku Quanshu (Wenyuange Edition)

Online Subscription Service

Spelling Dictionaries Support for Adobe Reader

Symantec Endpoint Protection

AntiVirus and AntiMalware

VLC Media Player

DVD playback program

Win SCP

Open source, free, SFTP client, SCP client, FTPS client and FTP client

Windows Media Player

Video and Audio playback application

Windows Search

Helps you find and preview, documents, e-mail messages, music files, photos, and other items on the computer.

Software available on Music and Media iMacs

Music & Media iMacs 1 to 6 -- 27” iMac Retina (2014)

  • Adobe Suite 2015 (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Acrobat Pro, Flash, InDesign, Premiere Pro, etc.)
  • Microsoft Office 2011
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Logic Pro X
  • iMovie
  • iPhoto
  • Garageband
  • Keynote
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Camtasia
  • PaperCut MF Client
  • Desktop Scanners (1-3)

Music & Media iMacs 7 to 12 -- 27” iMac (2009)

  • Adobe 5.5 (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Acrobat Pro, Flash, InDesign, etc.)
  • Microsoft Office 2011
  • Sibelius 6
  • Finale 2011
  • iMovie
  • iPhoto
  • Garageband
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • PaperCut MF Client

Software available on Main Loan desk laptops (Windows)

Software (Main Loan Desk Windows Laptops)

Description

Adobe Flash Player  (FireFox Plugin)

Application framework for running rich internet applications

Adobe Flash Player  (IE Plugin)

Application framework for running rich internet applications

Adobe Reader

PDF file viewing application

Beyond 2020 Professional Browser

Spreadsheet software to view data produced by Statistics Canada

Chinese Simplified Font Support for Adobe Reader

Cisco System VPN Client

UVic Virtual Private Network Client

Cn3D Macromolecular Strucure Viewer  (IE Plugin)

Plugin to view 3-D structures in a web browser

CyberLink PowerDVD

DVD playback plugin for Windows Media Player

FireFox

Free and open source web browser

Internet Explorer

Web browser

Java Runtime Enviroment (IE & FireFox Plugin)

Provides the components needed to run applets and applications written in the Java programming language.

MS .NET Framework

Provides the components needed to run applications written in the .NET programming language.

MS Office 2007 Compatibility Pack

Compatiblilty plugin to open Office 2010 files and documents

MS Office 2007 Save as PDF Add-in

Office 2007 Save as PDF plugin

MS Office Pro Plus

Productivity Suite

MS Office Pro Plus Access

Relational database management system

MS Office Pro Plus Excel

Spreadsheet application

MS Office Pro Plus InfoPath

Application for designing, distributing, filling and submitting electronic forms

MS Office Pro Plus Outlook

Personal information manager

MS Office Pro Plus PowerPoint

Presentation program

MS Office Pro Plus Publisher

Desktop publishing application

MS Office Pro Plus Word

Word Processor

MS Visual C++ 2005

Provides the components needed to run applications written in the VC++ 2005 programming language.

Open Office.Org

Open Source Productivity Suite

Open Office.Org  Draw

Vector Graphics Editor

Open Office.Org  Impress

Presentation program

Open Office.Org Base

Database Management Program

Open Office.Org Calc

Spreadsheet application

Open Office.Org Math

Tool for creating and editing mathematical formulae

Open Office.Org Writer

Word Processor

Papercut MF Client

Payment utility for public printing in the Library and participating campus locations

PuTTy

Free and Open Source Terminal Emulator Application

Quicktime (IE & FireFox Plugin)

Streaming Media playback plugin

RealPlayer

Streaming Media playback plugin

Roxio Creator

Application suite for creating digital media (video, photo, music, data) projects to burn to CD/DVD

Roxio Creator Audio

Application for creating and burning Audio CDs

Roxio Creator Copy

Application for copying CDs/DVDs to CDs/DVDs

Roxio Creator Data

Application for burning Data Cds/DVDs

Siku Quanshu (Wenyuange Edition)

Online Subscription Service

Sonic CinePlayer Decoder Pack

DVD playback plugin for Windows Media Player

Spelling Dictionaries Support for Adobe Reader

Symantec Endpoint Protection

AntiVirus and AntiMalware

Win SCP

Open source, free, SFTP client, SCP client, FTPS client and FTP client

Windows Media Player

Video and Audio playback application

Write-N-Cite

Works with your word-processor to create citations

Software available on Music and Media Laptops (MacBook Pro)

Music & Media MacBook Pro -- 15” (2016)

  • Adobe Suite 2017 (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Acrobat Pro, Flash, InDesign, Premiere Pro, etc.)
  • Microsoft Office 2016
  • Arduino
  • ArcGIS 
  • Autodesk Fusion 360
  • Chrome
  • Garageband
  • GIMP
  • Google Earth Pro
  • Handbrake
  • iMovie
  • Keynote
  • Komodo Edit
  • Makerbot Print
  • MuseScore 2
  • Numbers
  • Oxygen XML Editor
  • Pages
  • PaperCut MF Client
  • Python 3.6
  • R Console
  • RStudio
  • TextWrangler
  • Xcode

Software available on Music and Media Laptops (MacBook Air)

Music & Media MacBook Air -- 13” (2015)

  • Microsoft Office 2016
  • iMovie
  • iPhoto
  • Garageband
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Keynote
  • Skype
  • TextWrangler
  • VLC
  • PaperCut MF Client