The Brooklyn College Library provides students access to hundreds of computers to support your schoolwork.
To use a computer in any Library lab (Lower Level, 1st floor, and 2nd floor of the Library, as well as in the Library Café), you must give your ID card to the staff member at the corresponding service desk. You will then be assigned a computer based on availability. Please use only the computer to which you are assigned.
During busy periods, you can use a workstation for 60 minutes at a time on the 1st and 2nd floors, and 90 minutes at a time on the Lower Level. (You will be notified when your time expires. Please respect the time limit and relinquish your computer when that limit has been reached.) Priority is given to Brooklyn College students followed by CUNY students and others.
You do not need an ID card to use the CUNY catalog look-up stations or the express computers.
There are hundreds of PCs and a dozen Macs available to all library users:
- 113 PCs are available on the Lower Level (installed software)
- 63 PCs are available on the 1st floor:
- 105 PCs and 12 Macs are available on the 2nd floor (installed software)
Laptops are available to students on a first come, first served basis. They are available for 1-day and 3-day loans. Laptops must be checked out from the New Media Center and returned to the New Media Center no later than 30 minutes before closing on the due date.
To get your laptop or other device configured, visit the WEB Computer Lab in the West End Building (WEB), 1st Floor.
NB: sometimes files sent to the printer via WiFi do not appear in the print menu because they are either 1. too large or 2. the WiFi network is saturated. In this case the alternative is to transfer files to a library computer via flashdrive, email, or use a file upload service such as Dropbox. Please ask for assistance at any service desk.
Currently enrolled Brooklyn College students have access to free B&W printouts. (Color printing is not included in a student's free printing account.) The exact number of free printouts depends on your student status. For example, most full-time undergraduate students receive 150 free B&W printouts per semester. Graduate students receive 100 printouts per class with a maximum of 300 B&W printouts per semester. At the end of the semester all free balances (unused free printouts) expire and are reset for the next semester. There is no roll-over or stock-piling of unused free printouts.
All other Library users must create accounts before printing. For instructions, please see the Printing FAQ page. Alternatively, you may pick up a printing information pamphlet at any service desk.
For more information regarding the printing system (including costs, printer locations, instructions for checking your remaining balance, and so on), please see the Library's Printing service page.
The self-service scanners are located in the following areas of the Library and Library Café:
- Lower Level
- 1st Floor
- New Media Center (2nd Floor)
- Library Cafe
Please see the staff member at the appropriate service desk for assistance in obtaining and using a scanner.
For more information, please see the Copiers, Scanners, etc. page.