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Computer Labs in the Library

Laptop Plug-In Connections

Electrical and network outlets are provided to plug in laptops in several locations in the Library:

  • first floor Reference Center
  • in both of the first floor Library Connection Lounges

The second floor quiet study carrels are also equipped with electrical outlets for laptops and other appropriate research/study appliances.

Wireless network access is available throughout the Library.

Library Computers @ Learning Commons (LCLC)

A view of the LCLC

This 60-station lab is located adjacent to the first floor Reference area and is used by Faculty and Librarians for group hands-on computer instruction and to facilitate the use of information technology in the classroom. It is divided into two separate electronic learning spaces; one accommodating 32 students, and the other, 28 students.

Each space has an instructor's computer station that can be used to control all of the computers in the area. Instructors can easily display a computer screen to the entire class, distribute files, and more with the Faronics Insight instruction software. A Smart Podium monitor is also available

PCs in both the front and back labs are all loaded with the following :

Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Publisher); Roxio (CD recording); Firefox, Chrome, and Edge Web browsers; Windows Media Player and iTunes; Google Earth; Minitab; SPSS; and more.

See Computers in the Library for a more complete list of available software and hardware.

Please consult our rules for the Use of the Library Computers @ Learning Commons.

Library Learning Commons

The Library Learning Commons, located at the west end of the first floor, is the Library's primary service point for assistance and information. The Reference Staff at the Reference Center assists with research questions. They can help you locate books, articles, and any other kind of information using the library catalog, databases, and internet. The IS&T student at the desk will help you with technology and software problems. The Reference Staff can also help you find the answer to general informational questions. Reference librarians are also available in their offices in RT 110.

A view of the Reference Center/Learning Commons

Resources Available:

  • 130 Internet accessible computers with Internet browsers and Microsoft Office, equipped with Roxio CD-burner software and USB ports. USB extension cords and headphones are available from the reference desk.
  • Access to all electronic library resources.
  • Color or greyscale printing.
  • 1 general use PC and one text magnifier for persons with disabilities.
  • 2 PCs with flatbed scanners and Adobe Creative Cloud software.

Additional Resources Available During Fall 2021:

We are providing access to Adobe Creative Cloud and ABBYY FineReader 15 on two computers in the Learning Commons. Ask at the desk for their locations. Library staff support for these programs will be extremely limited, but the computers will be available for current CSU students, faculty, and staff any time the Library is open.

  • Adobe Creative Cloud and all of its apps (e.g., Photoshop, Acrobat Pro, etc.) require users to sign in with an Adobe account. If you don't already have an Adobe account, you can create a free one by clicking the "Create an Account" link on the Adobe logon screen.
  • ABBYY FineReader 15 is OCR software that allows users to scan documents as editable PDF or Word files. It is very easy to use – start the program, select "Scan" > "Scan to PDF" or "Scan to Word", and follow the prompts. You can also use the "Open" function to convert already-scanned images to text from a file.

See Computers in the Library for a more complete list of available software and hardware.

Reference computers are available whenever the Library is open (see Hours).

For remote reference assistance, call (216) 687-5300, text us at (216) 820-9691, use our chat service, or Ask Your Personal Librarian online.

The Math Emporium (RT 230)

CSU Math Emporium logo

The Math Emporium, located on the second floor of the Michael Schwartz Library (RT 230), is a state-of-the-art learning center where students can interact with adaptive MyMathLab Plus software and a highly skilled instructional team. Students learn through an innovative, engaging and easy-to-use program designed to help them become comfortable and proficient in basic mathematics.

Students in the Math Emporium

The main use for this 128-computer facility will be for students enrolled in MTH 87 (Basic Algebra), MTH 89 (Fundamental Algebra), MTH 95 (Applied Algebra) and MTH 116 (Foundations of Quantitative Literacy), who will meet in the Math Emporium for all of their scheduled classes.

When seats are available, students enrolled in MTH 116, 117, 148 and 149 can use the Emporium to work on the online homework.

Hours: The Math Emporium will be open when the library is open (see Library Hours). Please go to the Emporium to find the current availability for student assistants. Availability changes each semester.

The Mathematics Learning Center in BH 230 is open Mondays through Saturdays. Please check the Math Learning Center website for current hours.

  • Students enrolled in MTH 87 MTH 89, MTH 95 and MTH 116 will meet in the Emporium for all of their scheduled class time.
  • The Emporium is not a tutoring center, it is where students will meet for class.
  • There will be a student to instructor ratio of 40:1. The Emporium will also have several graduate assistants and undergraduate tutors assisting during class time.
  • In MTH 87 and MTH 95, there are 15 modules of material that have 4 components: a pre-test, instructional videos, homework and a post-test. In MTH 89, there are 8 modules of material that have 4 components: a pre-test, instructional videos, homework and a post-test.
    • Students earning a score of 85% or higher on the pretest can automatically move on to the next module.
    • If a student scores below 85% on the pretest, he or she will watch the instructional videos.
    • The student will work on the homework until 80% of the homework is correct. (Multiple tries available.)
    • A student will need a score of 80% or higher on the post test to move on (multiple tries are available).
    • Instructors will monitor the progress of each of his or her students to determine what might be preventing a student from moving on.
  • The great thing about this approach is that students can work through modules for which they know the material very quickly and spend more time on material they are less familiar with.
  • Additionally, if a student does not complete all 15 modules in one semester, when they enroll in MTH 87 or MTH 95 once again, they can simply pick up where they left off previously.

Assistive Technology Learning Center

Student using a text magnifier

The Assistive Technology Learning Center (ATLC), located on the first floor (RT 103), is designed to serve students with special needs. Its six computers are equipped with large monitors, DVD drive, CD-RW drives, zip drives, flatbed scanners, and easily accessible microphone and headphone jacks.

The (ATLC) provides adaptive technology for students and faculty with visual, physical, or learning disabilities. Those with physical impairment will find adaptive keyboards including a mini-keyboard for students with limited movement, enlarged keyboards, and screen-displayed, hands-free keyboards that can be controlled by head-mounted devices. A video phone is available for the deaf, offering them a quicker and more expressive method of conversing than the old fashioned TTY (teletype) calls. 

Equipment for individuals with visual impairments includes software that will scan text, enlarge text and pictures, read text back, allow editing and saving as Word files, and print in Braille or enlarged text. Lab assistants are available to help users with the equipment. A PC with a text magnifier is also available in the Reference Center.

The ATLC is a collaborative effort of the Library, the Office of Disability Services, and the Department of Occupational Therapy. Only students with disabilities, registered with the Office of Disability Services may use this lab.

Hours for this lab differ from regular library hours.

For more information:

The Digital Design Studio Lab

Using Macs in the Digital Design Studio Lab

Located within Digital Design Studio in RT 301, the Digital Design Studio Lab provides members of the CSU community with the resources to review audiovisual media and to create effective multimedia material of their own for class presentations and projects.

The lab features Internet access, multimedia production software, language learning applications, scanners, CD and DVD recorders, and knowledgeable staff to provide assistance. The lab is open to all faculty, students, and staff with a current CSU ID. Hours for this lab may differ from regular library hours.

The Digital Design Studio Lab features:

  • 15 PCs with scanners; DVD-RW/CD-RW drives; Microsoft Office; software for viewing/listening to DVDs, CDs, and multimedia on the Web; Adobe Creative Cloud or Adobe Master Suite software which includes graphic, multimedia, and Web design software; and DVD/CD recording software.
  • 10 iMacs with Microsoft Office for Mac, various language learning applications, Apple multimedia software, and Adobe Creative Cloud or Adobe Master Suite software which includes graphic, multimedia, and Web design software.
  • 10 specially configured Tandberg audio recorders and .mp3 voice recording software to facilitate foreign language learning.
  • 1 PC with DVD+/-RW drive and VHS player/converter attached
  • Equipment for review of video and audio material in a variety of formats.
  • Headphones for use with the PCs (available for checkout from the Digital Design Studio service desk)
  • New for Fall 2021: Cricut cutter and Cricut Design Space software (requires Cricut account)

Users may not log onto more than one computer at a time, and may not install personal software on Library PCs. Food and drink are not permitted near Library equipment. We ask that Library users observe posted signage regarding quiet study areas.

See Computers in the Library for a more complete list of available software and hardware.

Math Lab - Precalculus

Computer in the Precalc lab

Located in RT 403, the Precalculus Lab is a joint venture of the Mathematics Department and the Michael Schwartz Library to provide support for students enrolled in Precalculus I and II classes.

The lab is equipped with 30 student workstations, each equipped with ALEKS, an on-line assessment program that diagnoses mathematics ability, provides homework for students to master, and also administers quizzes and examinations. It can accommodate whole classes for group sessions.

Writer's Lab

A view of the Writing Lab

Located in RT 302 within the Digital Design Studio, the Writer's Lab is a joint venture of the First-Year Writing Program and Michael Schwartz Library to provide additional support for students enrolled in First-Year Writing courses.

The lab's primary use is for computer-assisted classes for developmental writing students. Other writing teachers may arrange to use the lab for classes. The lab is also used to support library instruction, particularly for courses in the First-Year Writing Program.

The Writer's Lab features:

  • 25 Student PCs with Internet access, DVD-RW/CD-RW combo drives, USB ports
  • Software: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Office, Roxio CD Creator
  • For the instructor: SmartTouch panel, DVD/VCR deck, Faronics Insight software

See Computers in the Library for a more complete list of available software and hardware.