Computers and technology

Remote Labs

Student Labs

In order to accommodate the needs of students who are continuing to study remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Ottawa Library is pleased to provide assistance to students, professors, and staff to securely connect from off campus to the geographic information system (GIS) and data analysis software installed in our computer workstations in the Morisset Library, room 308. Remote access is available to the following software:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
  • Adobe Digital Editions
  • Antidote
  • ArcGIS
  • ArcGIS Online
  • ArcGIS Pro
  • Artstor Offline Image Viewer (OIV)
  • Beyond 20/20
  • Colectica for Excel
  • Colectica Reader
  • DLX View and Graph (Haver)
  • GeoSuite
  • Google Earth Pro
  • NVivo
  • Python
  • QGIS
  • R
  • RStudio
  • SAS
  • SPSS
  • Zotero Standalone

For more details on the above listed software, please visit Student labs software page.


Connecting to the Student Labs

  1. Follow this link:
  2. Login with your uOttawa credentials
  3. Approve the sign-in request using MFA
  4. Double-click on the icon Bibliothèque - Morisset – Library and wait for about 30 seconds for your session to start.
  5. If you get a message that the "Connection timed out, would you like to try again", press OK. It can take a minute or two during which you only see a light grey screen while the workstation prepares your session.

Please note that sessions that remain inactive for 1 hour will be terminated automatically.

Ending the session

When finished using the Student Labs, close your web browser window.

Refer to Use of the portal for detailed instructions including access using the VMware Horizon Client application, along with other tips and tricks.

For technical support, please fill out this form.


Public computers

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, public computers at the Morisset Library and the Health Sciences Library are currently available on a first-come, first-served basis to only uOttawa students, professors, staff and alumni. Users may be asked to present their uOttawa ID. Public computers at the Brian Dickson Law Library will be limited to Law students and faculty. Students, professors, alumni and employees, you will be prompted to enter your login information.

Username: The part before the @ in your email address.



  • Employees: your uoAccess password is the same one used for systems such as Outlook/Exchange, VirtuO, and UNIWeb.
  • Students: your uoAccess password is the same one used for systems such as Google and uoZone.


To change your uoAccess password, use the uoAccess self-serve tool. Need help? Contact the Service Desk.

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 service 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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