Computers and Software

Hardware and Software

There are about 230 workstations in the Library distributed on floors 1-7. Software is as listed below. No additional software can be downloaded or installed. Additional hardware and exceptions are noted below.

Please report problems to Library IT Services. We also welcome your comments and suggestions.

Public access PCs


  • 40 machines located on the 2nd floor of the library
  • 30 machines located on the 7th floor of the library
  • One FireWire 800 port; 7 watts
  • Four USB 2.0 ports
  • SDXC card slot
  • Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • iMac Software
  • VMware Horizon Client virtualization software is also available on the iMacs

Digital Media Lab

Scanner workstations

  • 5 PC scanners located in the Reference printing/copying area on the 1st floor
  • 4 Mac scanners located on the 2nd floor near Serials

Wireless Access for Laptops

Wireless networking is available throughout the library. See Wireless Support for information on connecting to the wireless network.

Faculty, staff, and students can print from their laptops or mobile devices using Just log in using your UMBC credentials. If you have trouble or need device-specific directions, please consult the Wireless Printing FAQs.

Assistive Technology - Room 121 and Room 122 and Room 455

Individuals who require assistive technology have access to rooms 121, 122, and 455. The rooms remain locked when not in use. Admission is available by requesting access at the Check Out Desk.

The computers require a UMBC account or a library guest account. Guest accounts are also available at the Reference Desk. Please notify staff at the Check Out Desk when you have finished.

The first floor has 1 computer table and 1 study table that are wheelchair accessible. Talk to Library staff for help locating or using these facilities.

Special Software and Equipment

In addition to the standard computer lab software, the AT workrooms have the following special assistive technology software and equipment:

All Locations

  • ZoomText 10.1 - This software offers both screen magnification and reading.
  • Kurzweil 3000 - Allows for scanning, manipulating and reading of scanned documents.
  • Jaws 17 - Another option for screen reading.
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12.5 - Automatically converts speech to text. Use with the attached headset.
  • ScanSnap SV600 - Scans documents to the computer for editing and screen reading.
  • Large Print Keyboard
  • Telesensory VersiColor-XL-CCD Text Enlarger (Not Aavailable in Room 455)

Only in Room 121

  • Humanware Desktop Electronic Magnifier - Magnifies physical documents.
  • Read&Write Gold - Makes the web, documents and files more accessible for people with reading challenges.
  • Desktop Printer

Only in Room 122

  • Optelec Clearview+ Speech · Document magnifier with text-to-speech functionality.
  • Desktop Printer

Other Equipment

  • WizCom ReadingPens (portable text-to-speech devices) are available for checkout at the Check Out Desk.