Public Computers & Software

At UBC Vancouver

Public Computers at UBC Vancouver Libraries


Most UBC Library computers require users to log in using their UBC/Library card barcode and PIN or CWL.Community members and public users can obtain guest access IDs from the library circulation desk. Government issued photo ID is required for the guest access IDs. Some computers throughout UBC Library branches require no login, but provide access to the UBC Library website only and in some cases, a document viewer for printing.


PC Workstations

All PC workstations have sound cards, USB ports, and either a CD-RW or DVD-RW drive with the following software (except those with restricted access as noted above):

GIS/Statistical Software PC Workstations

Room 217, Koerner Library

Availability: Walk in, except during scheduled workshops. Check workshop calendar.

Hours: Same as Koerner Library

Room 218A, Koerner Library

Six Dell computer workstations with Samsung widescreen LCD monitors

Availability: Inquire at the Research Commons desk, Level 2, Koerner Library, to be let in to the lab. For a few hours each week, several computers in the lab are reserved for research consultations, but the others remain available for use.

Hours: 10am-5pm Monday - Friday

Mac Workstations

Mac Workstations
Mac workstations are available on level 3 of the Chapman Learning Commons, in the Digital Media Commons on level 3 of the Music, Art & Architecture Library, on level 3 of Koerner Library and on level 2 of the Law Library. These Mac Workstations have the following software installed:
All Mac workstations in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (including the Chapman Learning Commons and the Digital Media Commons in the Music, Art & Architecture Library) also have:
In the Chapman Learning Commons, there are 6 scanners available at the Mac workstations, including an express scanning station with a ten minute time limit.

Multimedia Mac Workstations

The Chapman Learning Commons and Digital Media Commons offer Multimedia Mac Workstations with additional software, including:
The Multimedia Mac workstations in the Music, Art and Architecture Library, also have:

At UBC Okanagan

Public Computers at UBC Okanagan Library


There are 125 student computers in the library. Twenty-eight are located in the Learning Lab (room L111), and the rest in the open area on the main floor. There are 11 Macs with multimedia editing software; the rest of the computers are PCs with Windows 7 and Office 2013.

For a real-time list of available computers please visit the labstats page. There is also a map view.

For more information on software available at the library and in labs around campus, visit the UBCO Computer Labs page.


To use the student computers, log in with your Novell account:

  • username: your student number
  • password: your birthdate (MM/DD/YY)