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Computing in the Libraries

There are more than 450 computers available for use throughout the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Most computers provide Internet access to Penn's Digital Library, online catalog, and electronic resources. Additional functionality varies by location.

Paid printing is available in most computing locations, using your PennCard or a Visitor's PennCash card. Costs are $.07 per page for single-sided printing, and $.05 per page ($.10 per sheet) for double-sided printing. Color printing is available in certain locations at a cost of $.28 a page. See printing instructions.

The Libraries offer the following computer facilities:

Look-Up Stations are primarily available for use by non Penn Community members who need to use the Internet to search for various electronic resources whereas restricted resources, such as proprietary databases and some electronic journals, require authorization.

Labs are available for use by the Penn Community (requires PennKey authentication) and include access to Microsoft Office, email, ftp, browsers, and additional software such as statistical and graphics packages.

Wireless Laptops are available to be checked out and used in many libraries. Students, faculty, and staff with a valid PennCard may check out a laptop for a four-hour loan period. The laptops have Microsoft Office, browsers, and and ftp clients. Laptops at specific locations may have additional software; see Computer Labs, Laptops and Software in the Libraries.

Laptop connections for personal laptops are located in tabletop ports throughout the libraries.

Wireless Access is available in many libraries. Authentication for wireless use is via PennKey.

Penn faculty, students and staff who connect to the Library from off-campus can access restricted resources through the Library's Proxy Server .