Computers and Software - Library Technology

See also: Information for Users with Disabilities for assistive technology, software, and services.

Kiosk machines

Available to the public, visiting scholars, as well as students, faculty, and staff to access the library catalog, electronic resources, browse the web, and print. Each Library location has at least one kiosk machine. Some locations are open by appointment only, so please check library hours for more information before visiting.

Library computers

Requires a valid netid to log in.

  • Accessibility Software:
    • Dolphin EasyReader
    • JAWS
    • Kurzweil 3000
    • OpenBook
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Photoshop

    • Microsoft Office
    • Notepad++
    • VLC Media Player
    • Web browsers:
    • Google Chrome
    • Internet Explorer
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Mozilla Firefox

Virtual Computer Lab

The university provides UIUC AnyWare, a virtual computer lab that can be accessed anywhere. There are limited seats at one time, so if nothing is available when you log in, check back later if something has opened up.

  1. To access, go to or use the Citrix client to sign in with your Illinois email address ( as the username and password. (More information on connecting)
  2. Under Desktops, select the General Purpose Azure machine. This also includes some software that is available in the Scholarly Commons.
  3. If a desktop is available, it will open up in a new window in your web browser or the Citrix client (if downloaded).
  4. Use the computer as you would in person. All data will be deleted at the end of your computer session, so please save any files you’d like to keep to your email, cloud storage, USB drive, etc. Once you are finished, disconnect or restart the computer to end your session. Your session will time out after a period of inactivity.

Additional Specialized Technology Available at These Locations

Some locations are open by appointment only. Please check library hours for more information before visiting.

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