Computing @ the Library

Contact Information

New Media Center
Computer labs are located on the 1st Floor, 2nd Floor, and Lower Level, as well as in the Library Cafe.

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

Valid ID is necessary to gain access to a workstation on campus.

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 in the Library Cafe, and in the Library on the 1st and 2nd floors, and 90 minutes at a time on the Lower Level in the Library. (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 machines.

For a list of the public computer labs, including type of equipment and number of stations, along with up-to-the-minute information on computer use (including availability of stations and estimated wait time), see

As a currently registered student, you have access to free printing.

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 $15 credit of free printouts per semester. Graduate students receive $10 credit of free printouts per class with a maximum of $30 credit of 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. Please note that undergraduate students get $5 free credit per class up to $15 total. Graduate students receive $10 free credit free per class up to $30 in total.

Beginning Fall 2013, the account login information for currently enrolled BC undergraduate and graduate students has changed. Your Account Number is your CUNYFirst EmpID. You can find this in your BC WebCentral account. Your PIN is your 6-digit month, day and year of your birthday (MMDDYY).

(This is different from the  Summer 2013: Your Account Number was your CUNYFirst EmpID. Your PIN was your 6-digit month and year of yourbirthday (MMYYYY).)

All other Library users must create accounts before printing. Please pick up a printing information pamphlet at any service desk.

If you have problems with your print account, please go to the nearest service desk for help.

Note: Any accounts made before Summer 2013 that have a balance (not free printing) will have to request a balance transfer to new accounts.

Wireless access is available at specific locations throughout the library.

To access the Internet wirelessly, you must be a Brooklyn College student, faculty, or staff member with an active Brooklyn College email account. Your BC email username and password are also the username and password to log onto the wireless network. (If you do not know this information, please see the WebCentral Help page on obtaining your BC email ID and password.)

Your laptop or other wireless device must be configured to work with our wireless network. To get your laptop configured, visit the computer lab on the 1st floor of the West End Building (WEB) (M-F, 9-5), call (718) 951-5787, or visit

Wireless access is available at specific locations around campus and throughout the library: see floor plans of the wireless network at the Brooklyn College Library and learn how to get started.

Once your laptop has been configured for WiFi you may print from your laptop in the library using this URL: To get your laptop configured, visit the West End Building (WEB), 1st Floor.

There are several self-service scanners available in the Library and Library Cafe.

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. 

Laptops are available for same day loan or 3 day loan.

Laptops are available to validated BC students on a first come, first served basis; laptops may not be reserved in advance.
Laptops may not be borrowed for other individuals. Only one laptop may be checked out per person. You must wait 24 hours after returning this 3 day loan laptop before you are eligible for another 3 day loan laptop.

Laptops are loaned out from the New Media Service Desk, located on the second floor of the Library building. Laptops must be returned to the New Media Service Desk no later than 30 minutes before closing on the due date.

The Borrower is responsible for knowing and following the rules stated in this laptop loan agreement document, which is available online at < > under lending policy, or in printed form at the New Media Service desk.

Laptop computers must not be left unattended at any time. The Borrower is financially responsible for loss of the laptop and its components. If a laptop or any of its components are determined to be lost or stolen, the Borrower will be responsible for replacement costs as well as a processing fee.

The Borrower is financially responsible for damage to the laptop and any of its components. The condition of each laptop will be noted each time a computer is checked in or checked out

If the laptop is not returned 30 minutes before closing on the due date, an initial $50 late fee will be assessed. At the start of the next business day, the late fee will increase by $10 for every hour that the laptop remains late.

Absent a genuine emergency, supported by appropriate documentation, laptops overdue by more than 2 business days will be considered lost or stolen and the Borrower will be responsible for paying the full replacement cost plus a $100 processing fee. Borrowers who do not return laptops will have a hold placed on their Library account. The Borrower's transcript will be withheld, and the patron will be unable to register for classes, or borrow library materials, until the matter is resolved.

Laptop Borrowers agree to adhere to the CUNY and Brooklyn College acceptable use policies for College-owned computer resources < >

Borrowers may not save any files or data on the laptop; the borrower is responsible for saving all files to a removable storage device (e.g. USB flash drive). The Laptop Loan program is not responsible for damage to the Borrower's data storage device(s), loss of data caused by software, hardware, battery failure, or computers viruses.

Borrowers are encouraged to save their work frequently. Please note that battery failure may result in lost work.
Please report promptly any problems with the laptop (hardware, software, configuration, etc.) to the Library's New Media Center 718-951-5327.

Graphing Calculators

Graphing calculators are available at the Brooklyn College Library reserves desk. A selection of online graphing calculators are listed on the Library's Math Help page.