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

  • Located on floors 1-7
  • CD-RW/DVD+/-R drives
  • USB ports
  • Linux Software (Available via VMware Workstation)
  • PCs are loaded with basic software, and specialized applications are available through VMware Horizon Client.
    • S&P Capital IQ (a restricted database), is installed on five computers near the Library Reference Desk: LIB1PC31 - LIB1PC35. Access is also available in the Economics computer lab.

What software is available on the PC?

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Reader
  • Browsers: Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer
  • Endnote web
  • ImgBurn
  • iTunes
  • Java
  • Microsoft Office 2016
  • Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • Notepad++
  • Python 3.4
  • RStudio
  • VLC
  • VMware Horizon Client
  • VMware Workstation
  • WinSCP
  • 7zip

What software is available only through VMware Horizon Client?

What is VMware Horizon Client?

VMware Horizon Client is UMBC's virtual computing environment. In addition to having specialized lab software such as MatLab and SPSS, the virtual computer will also be able to access the Library's printers, scanners and your usb devices.

Follow these steps to connect:

  1. Double click the VMware Horizon Client icon on the desktop
  2. Click OK to connect to the VM server (
  3. Log in with your regular myUMBC username and password
  4. Select the image you want to load and click OK

More information about VMware Horizon Client is available here.

  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Aleks
  • Audacity
  • BioEdit
  • CambridgeSoft ChemOffice
  • DNA Master
  • JAWS
  • Jalview
  • jGrasp
  • Logger Pro
  • Maple
  • MEGA 7
  • Microsoft Office 2016
  • NetLogo
  • Population Genetics Analysis
  • PuTTY
  • Python 2.7
  • R for Windows
  • SAS
  • Skype
  • TurningPoint
  • Tera Term
  • VPython
  • Wolfram Mathematica
  • ZoomText

Complete software lists for lab computers


  • 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

  • 4 27" iMacs
  • A variety of audio/video recording equipment
  • Large format flatbed scanner
  • Video, Audio, and Graphic editing software
  • More Information

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 (AT) 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 and second floors each have 1 computer table and 1 study table that are wheelchair accessible. The third floor also has 1 wheelchair accessible study table. 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.
  • NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) - A screen reader.
  • 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 available 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.