Public Computing

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The McLaughlin Library building houses the largest public computing facility on campus comprised of desktop workstations.

Accessing Public Computers

All Library public computers require that you login in order to use them. Login to any Library public computer using your Central Login Account, the same login and password you use for your University of Guelph email account.

If you're visiting us and don't have a central login account:

  • Visit us at the Ask Us desk and request a daily guest account to access the Library public computers
  • Provide a piece of government-issued photo ID and fill out a quick form to get a guest account good for unlimited public computer access for the day

Saving Files

Use any of the following methods to save files while working on one of the Library's public computers:

  • USB Flash Drive
  • E-mail to yourself
  • Burn to CD
  • Files can be saved temporarily to the S: drive

    • Contents of the S: drive are cleared overnight
  • Do not save files to the Desktop or C: drive as they will be lost when the computer reboots
  • Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) save copies of work every 10 minutes (autobackup) to the D: drive.
    • To restore files after a reboot/power failure go to the D: drive and double-click on the most recent appropriately named file
    • Contents of the D: drive are cleared overnight

Selected Software List

Our public computers contain many software applications which are required by various courses, and which can be quite expensive. See below for a list of selected software titles installed on the computers in the Library: 

  • Adaptive Software
    Jaws and Zoomtext are on all computers throughout the library. For more information on adaptive software please see Library Accessiblity Services
  • Data Software

    • R, SPSS, SAS, and Matlab are available on all computers in the library
  • FTP
  • GIS software

    • ESRI, ArcView, ArcGIS are available in the Data Resource Centre
    • ArcGIS is available on all public computers in the Library
  • NVIVO
  • Microsoft Office

    • Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access are available on all Library public computers
  • PDF software

    • Adobe Reader are available on all Library public computers