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Computer Resources in the Undergraduate Library

This page is dedicated to providing information and resources about computing in the Undergraduate Library and the Media Commons.

There are three sections to this page:
  • Undergraduate Library Resources for Laptops and Printing 
  • Media Commons CITES Lab Computing Resources
  • Software Directory (software in various locations in the Libraries and on Campus)

Undergraduate Library Resources

Loanable Laptops and Associated Hardware

Google Chromebook Laptops (and associated hardware) can be checked out for 2 hours at a time for in-library use only at the Undergrad Library. $5/hour overdue fine.

Check below for info and availability.

Library Printing

UGL Printing StationAll Library PC computers can print to print stations located near the Undergrad Library circulation and reference desks on the upper level.

  • Black and White Printing is $0.10 a page, color printing is $0.30 a page.
  • An 11 x 17 color printer is also available, for $.50 per page (located on the north side of the upper level of the UGL (across from the loanable technology desks)

Laptop Printing

You can print from your laptop directly to library release stations. Laptop Printing Instructions are here.


Pay Cash: If a print job does not print via "pay cash," try resending the print job from the original computer. If there is a problem with the print job, or it can't be released after it's sent, you can request a refund for the given amount. For further information, visit the Library IT Printing Page     

NetID Payment Details


There are a number scanners throughout the upper level.  Two touch screen book scan stations are available and are networked.  Ask at the Circulation Desk for locations.

Want to scan a document directly to your mobile device? The UGL loans out USB cables to connect your iPod, smart phone, PDA, Camera, or other USB OTG devices. Each are available for 2 hours.

Media Commons CITES Lab Computing Resources

Cites Media Commons Printing StationApple iMacs and CITES Media Commons Lab computers print to Cites Media Commons print station.


The CITES Media Commons has a computer lab throughout  the East side of the upper level of the Undergrad Library available with NetID and password.


  • Black and White printing is $0.10 a page, Color printing is $0.30 a page.


The CITES Media Commons lab also maintains two scanners, available with NetID and password.

Software Directory

The Excel workbook below is a comparative listing of the majority of the software available in computing facilities on the UIUC campus, followed by resources available specifically at UGL and in the Media Commons.

Download: Comparative Campus Software List (Excel Download)

  • The main sheet is alphabetical by software name. Follow across to see locations and the appropriate platform(s) to find the program (some machines are dual-booting).
  • Specific locations included in the column categories are described in the Category Location Key below.

A preview of the software list as viewed in Excel.

  • The other two sheets in the workbook may be used to find the exact location of programs on CITES computers, which are organized in folders and may be buried in unexpected places.

A preview of the software list as viewed in Excel.

  • If you can’t find something or prefer not to scroll, do a Ctrl+F in the spreadsheet since there may be a prefix to the title (ex. Adobe and Microsoft Office programs).

Category Location Key:

CITES Campus-Wide: includes labs in UGL, Illini Union, English Building, Oregon Building, Nevada Building, and Wohlers Hall.

Media Commons: a couple of specialized machines within the UGL CITES lab that contain additional digital media tools and programs.

Library Campus-Wide: the basic library package, including general-use computers (open to all students) at UGL, Main Library, ACES, and the Chemistry, Math, and Communications libraries.

Grainger: includes all public and log-in terminals on the ground floor. For a list of software available in the labs only available for engineering students, check here: 

ACES Academic Computing Facility (ACF): general-use lab in 024 ACES, includes Dells and dual-booting iMacs – Windows (Dell) means the software only runs on the Dell Windows platform, otherwise runs on the iMac Windows as well.

Scholarly Commons: located in room 306 Main Library. Be aware that there are three or four different computer types available, so ask for assistance in locating any particular software. Certain machines require reservations (see below), and consultations are available upon request.

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