Computer Workstations

Policy: Library workstations serve the teaching and research mission of the University and have been provided for the purpose of making available to library users a wide variety of bibliographic, reference and other databases and web sites. Uses inconsistent with this mission are disallowed. The appropriation of library workstations by individuals for recreational or personal use is not permitted.

Public Use: Computers for public use are available on all floors of the library. These workstations have access to the Internet, and most have Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. There are Macintosh computers in the Infolab (available only to those with UW ID), but nowhere else in the library.

For short term use:
  • Lobby
  • 1st Floor West Corridor
  • Elevator Lobbies (every floor)
For long term use:
  • Reference Department (Rm. 262)—multiple workstations
  • 2nd Floor West Corridor—multiple workstations
  • Memorial Library InfoLab (available only to those with UW ID)

Students, Faculty, and Staff Use: In addition to the public use computer workstations, UW students, faculty, and staff have access to laptop computers.

  • Laptops can be borrowed from the Infolab (DoIT) for 3 days.
  • Laptop checkout availability and information.

Network Access

Wireless Computing

  • For UW students, faculty and staff: Wireless access is available throughout Memorial Library. To connect to the wireless network: meet the requirements and upon opening your web browser you will be asked to log-in using your NetID & password.
  • Wireless Network Printers in the Memorial Library [How To?]
    • 1st Floor West Corridor
    • 2nd Floor B&W Printing Queue:
      • 2nd Floor West Corridor
      • Reference Department, Rm. 262
    • 4th Floor East Asian Reading Room, Rm. 412
  • For non-UW users: Select the "UWNet-Guest" network and launch your Internet browser. Guests without a UW-Madison NetID can authenticate using an email address and remain authenticated for seven days.

For more Wireless Information


Networked laser printers

  • 1st Floor West Corridor [Debitcard]
  • 2nd Floor B&W Printing Queue (All 2nd Floor Workstations send print jobs to both print station locations):
    • Reference Department, Rm. 262 (Duplex/Double-Sided) [Debitcard]
    • 2nd Floor West Corridor (Duplex/Double-Sided) [Debitcard/WiscCard]
  • Classroom, Rm. 231 [Debitcard]
  • East Asian Reading Room, Rm. 412 [Debitcard]

Copies cost $.07 per image.

Wireless Network Printing

GoPrint Wireless Printing (HowTo)
[Click for How To]


There is one public access scanner located behind the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor (Room 262 D/E). With this scanner workstation you can digitize and manipulate:

  • color/b&w image files (.jpg/.gif/.tiff/.psd) using Adobe Photoshop
  • digitize print documents
  • save Microsoft Office documents in the PDF format
The scanner is attached to a workstation running Windows XP Professional which supports saving scanned files to a floppy disk, CD-ROM, or USB flash drive.

Copier-Scanners that create free PDF files that are emailed to a supplied address are available at various locations throughout the library

InfoLab (DoIT)

The InfoLab (DoIT) provides various computer hardware (including MacIntosh computers and laptops), software, and technical assistance for students, faculty, and staff.

Assistive Technologies

One adaptive computer workstation in Reference Department, Room 262, includes these features:
  • Adjustable table
  • Screen Magnification
  • Intellikeys adapted keyboard
  • Trackball for Graphical User Interface use

Two adaptive computer workstations in InfoLab (DoIT), Room 140
  • Available to students, faculty, staff
  • Includes Braille printer and other assistive technology
  • InfoLab website details available equipment.

DoIT website has information on accessibility services campus wide.

Additional services for patrons with disabilities are available throughout the library.


  • Wireless: Contact DoIT at 264-HELP
  • Library Workstations: Contact Reference staff in Room 262, if available, or any other public service library staff or Ask a Librarian
  • Remote access and other technical matters: Library Technology Group at 262-8880
  • Software application questions: In general, library staff do not provide support for software applications. We may know, so ask, but the most complete information will be at the Memorial InfoLab, Room 140, or by phone: 265-5326
  • Printing problems: Contact Reference staff in Room 262, if available, or any other public service library staff
  • Print card problems: See staff in Periodicals Room.