The library's Guest Computers are available for community users as well as students, on a first come, first served basis. They are located on the first floor of the Library. Guest PCs have a choice of internet browsers for accessing Kathryn A. Martin Library resources and the catalog, as well as web-based e-mail accounts. You can also print to library print stations using a guest print card.
Software available on the Guest Computers:
Web browsers: Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer
Putty and Filezilla (FTP clients)
VLC Media Player
QuickTime, Real Player, and Windows Media Player
7 Zip (unzip utility)
How to Use the Library Guest Computers
Register for an account at the circulation desk:
Visitors will need to set up a guest account in order to use the workstations reserved for community library users.
What do I need to show in order to set up an account?
You must present a valid government-issued photo ID showing your name and photo in order to register for guest computer access. You will be asked to read and sign an application form agreeing to the rules for use of guest computers.
How long is my account active?
Your account will expire at the end of the current year, on December 31.
Which computers can I use?
Seven computers are available for community guests, and they are located in the alcove just outside of the hallway leading to computer classrooms on the first floor of the library.
How long will I have access to the Internet?
Guest users are allotted 60 minutes per day. You may log out after a portion of that time and log back in later in the day to use your remaining minutes. Unused minutes do not roll over to a future day.
You will be logged out automatically if there is no activity for five minutes.
Will I be warned when my time is about to run out?
Yes. You will also be warned when the library is about to close. Guest computers will shut down five minutes before closing time.
Can I reserve a computer in advance?
No. In order to make maximum use of limited stations, we cannot hold a computer for someone. However, with the 60-minute limited access, your wait time for a guest computer will also be limited.
- IMPORTANT: Save your work! To prevent data loss, save your files on a burnable CD or USB memory stick or other removable mediaNOT on the hard drive.
First Step for Printing From Guest Computers:
Printing is the same for all computers in the Library. But if you are a guest (not affiliated with UMD) and don't have a U-Card, you may purchase a Guest Print Card ($1.00) and then add value to it at a cash-to-card machine, located on the first floor of the Library near the restrooms. Printing costs .05 per black and white page. (See prices of color and oversize printing here).
Detailed Printing Instructions:
Detailed printing instructions are here.
Brochures containing the information above are available at the first floor circulation counter.
Interested in checking out materials? See Borrowing privileges for community users.
Do you have a laptop, are not part of the UMD community, but wish to access the web? See UMD Guest Wireless Service for short-term access.
If you are a community person accessing our online resources from off-campus, you will be limited to our public resources due to licensing restrictions.