Computers and technology

Notice to all University of Ottawa Library users:

Please be advised that the Library will no longer be lending laptop computers or iPads after July 30th, 2018. As personal mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops are now fairly commonplace, the Library has decided to invest its resources in more specialized, cutting-edge technologies, such as those that will be made available in the Learning Crossroads later this year.

Despite this change in service, desktop computers are still available for your use in most campus libraries; you can check computer availability online on our computers and technology page or inquire in person at a service desk.

We apologize for any inconvenience this change might cause and we thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at 613-562-5213 or at

Public computers

Public computers are available in most libraries. Students, professors and employees, you will be prompted to enter your login information.

  • Username: The part before the @ in your email address.
  • Password: To create or reset your password, use the Password Management Tool. You can also call the Service Desk at 613-562-5800 ext. 6555.

All of our computer workstations come with Internet access and Microsoft Office software. Most have USB ports and CD-reader drives. The GSG Centre and the Media Centre computers have some special applications as well:

Adaptive technology workstations and study rooms are available at the Morisset Library, Brian Dickson Law Library and Health Sciences Library.

Visitors can use the computers through our guest account service. To be issued a guest account, bring identification with your name, address and signature to the circulation desk and complete the form.

Printing, scanning and photocopying

Printers and photocopiers are available at each library. To pay, add money to your student card or buy and add money to a visitor card using the machine located nearby.

Scanning to e-mail or USB is free of charge on photocopy machines at each library.

A self-serve book scanner is available at the Morisset Library, 1st floor photocopier room.

Specialized scanners are available at the GSG Centre (for maps) and the Media Centre (for images, microforms and slides).

Wireless access

Wireless access is available throughout every library for current students, faculty, staff and alumni using a laptop or handheld device.

To set up a wireless connection, visit the IT Support website.

If you have any questions, submit a Service Desk request.


Under no circumstances leave computers or any personal items unattended in the library. You should always follow these theft prevention tips. The Library is not responsible for lost or stolen laptops or other items.

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