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Things to Remember!
  • The Library has 4 major computer labs:
    (1) Lower Level
    (2) Reference (1st floor)
    (3) New Media Center (2nd floor)
    (4) Library Cafe
  • The computers are equipped with software necessary to complete your school assignments, including Microsoft Word, SPSS, Peachtree, etc.
  • Don't forget about the computer lab located in the West End Building! It is open from 8 AM until midnight every day during the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • All students get free printouts that can be used at any computer lab on campus.
  • Currently enrolled BC student can access their free printing accounts using their CUNYFirst EmpID as their username, and their six-digit date of birth as their password (MMDDYY).

Computer Labs & Printing

Computer Access

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.

Computer Labs

There are hundreds of PCs and a dozen Macs available to all library users:

Additionally, there are computer labs located in the Library Café (65 PCs and 14 Macs) and WEB (hundreds of computers, including PCs, Macs, and Sun/UNIX machines).

You may check computer availability at http://websql.brooklyn.cuny.edu/lab/.


Computer labs (slideshow)

Laptop Loan

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.


Once your laptop or other wireless device has been configured for WiFi you may print from it in the library using this URL: https://webprint.brooklyn.cuny.edu/Link here for WiFi login information.

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 B&W printing/copying acounts. (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 a $15 balance per semester. Graduate students receive $10 per class (with a maximum of $30). 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.

For currently-enrolled Brooklyn College students, printing accounts can be accessed as follows:

Username: CUNYFirst EmpID (8 digits)

Password: MMDDYY (month/day/year of birth date)

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:

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.