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Computing at the Library

Computing Spaces | Guest Computing | Wireless Access | Printing | Scanning | Tech Spaces & Consultations

Computing Spaces

Computers for University of Michigan students, staff and faculty, as well as guests, are available at our library locations on central and north campuses. Most of these computers require a valid U-M uniqname for login, and are configured like other campus computing labs, for student use. (For more information, see the list of available software and a list of campus computing labs, including the James Edward Knox Adaptative Technology Computing Site and the Shapiro CAEN Lab.)

Guest Computing & Copying

Many of our licensed databases, online journals and full-text articles are available to guests on selected computers (in Art, Architecture & EngineeringFine Arts, Hatcher, Music or Shapiro). Guests looking for assistance in accessing U.S. government information may use the public computers in the Clark Library. Please note that guests may not access webmail accounts, such as gmail, yahoo mail, hotmail, etc. from our public computers.

All guest printing/copying is managed by through a online account.  After an account is registered, guests visit circulation services desks of the Hatcher, Shapiro, or the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library to add value to that account and to pick up a copy/print card.  This account must be in place in order to pay for black-and-white printing, as well as black-and-white copying, on the printer/copier equipment in the libraries. Guest printing and copying costs 6 cents per page.

Wireless Access

There are two wireless networks available in most library spaces: MWireless and MGuest.

MWireless — requires U-M login. You will still need to log into your library account to have full access to library resources.

MGuest — anyone can use. No access to library journals, databases, or printing/copying services. The network is not encrypted, and is less secure than MWireless.


U-M students, staff and faculty are encouraged to use their own laptops (connecting via MWireless) to send print jobs to library-located printers/copiers via MPrint, the University's web-based printing service. Printing from the library's computers is charged based on user type:

  • U-M Student: students are charged against their University Basic Computing Package printing allocation each semester.
  • U-M Faculty and Staff:  U-M faculty and staff get a small printing allotment each semester.  U-M departments must make arrangements with ITS for larger printing allocations. Please call the ITS Service Center at 734-764-4357 (4-HELP).

Color printing is available in various campus computing labs.

Scanning & Copying

Self-service scanning/copying is available in all libraries on printer/copier equipment. (Self-service flatbed scanners are available in Art, Architecture & Engineering, Clark, Fine Arts, Hatcher and Shapiro.) Scanning assistance is available at:

Tech Spaces & Consultations

A presentation practice room is available in the Shapiro Library. Audio and video editing spaces are available in the Perlstein Editing Room (Shapiro Library).

Consulations about Microsoft Office products, citation management software, and Adobe Creative Suite software are available in Scholarspace (Hatcher Graduate Library). [Technology guides.]

Assistance with Geographic Information Systems software is available at the Clark Library. [GIS guide.]

Data visualization services are available at the Clark Library.

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Last modified: 05/29/2018