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Computers, software & equipment

McGill Library provides access to computer workstations, scanners, printers, copiers, and microform viewing, scanning and printing facilities. Please see below for details. A/V equipment may be borrowed from Marvin Duchow Music Library.


Computer Finder

You can use the Computer Finder to see how many free workstations there are in the various branches.

IT Support

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Computing at McGill

Learn more about policies and services related to computing at McGill.

McGill Library offers over 500 computer workstations throughout the Library system for use by McGill students, faculty and staff, as well as guest users from the wider community

Guest access provides access to the Library's website, catalogues and electronic resources (journals, e-books, databases, etc.), but not to the Internet in general. Most software applications on the Library workstations are likewise only available to McGill users. (see the Software tab above).

Branch Computer workstations
Birks Reading Room 3 workstations
Humanities and Social Sciences

McLennan Building [Floor plans]

  • M1: 89 workstation
  • EDC (M2-37A): 14 workstations
  • M2: 5 workstations

Redpath Building

  • Cybertheque (RB): 130 workstations
  • RM (main): 48 workstations [Floor plans]
  • Blackader-Lauterman (R3): 10 workstations [Floor plans]
[Workstation details]
Islamic Studies 14 workstations, plus 2 catalogue-only computers [Floor plans] [Workstation details]
Macdonald 49 workstations [Floor plans] [Workstation details]
Marvin Duchow Music
  • 58 workstations, including 12 with piano keyboards
  • 14 laptops with specialized music software (only available to students taking music courses)
[Floor plans] [Workstation details]
Nahum Gelber Law 23 workstations [Floor plans] [Workstation details]
Osler Library of the History of Medicine 3 workstations [Floor plans]
Rare Books and Special Collections 2 workstations [McLennan Building, 4th floor: Floor plans]
Schulich Library of Science and Engineering 108 workstations [Floor plans] [Workstation details]


Workstation information

Find location information for specialized software and computer equipment in the Library.

Citation management software

EndNote and RefWorks are available to the McGill community free of charge. See our Citation management software page for details.

Licensed software

McGill has a wide range of licensed software that McGill students and staff may download, such as SAS and ChemOffice Ultra.

Software available everywhere | Adapted workstations | Other specialized software

Available on all Library computer workstations

  • 7-Zip
  • Accelrys Draw
  • Adobe Digital Editions
  • Adobe Flash Active X and stand alone 11
  • Adobe Reader
  • Adobe Shockwave
  • Audacity
  • Beyond 2020
  • ChemOffice
  • DWG TrueView
  • EndNote
  • FFMpeg
  • Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Java 6.45
  • Lame
  • MDL Chime
  • Microsoft Office suite (Access, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, Word)
  • PopsTools
  • QuickTime
  • R (statistical software)
  • ProQuest for Word (Write-N-Cite)
  • Silverlight
  • SPSS (except Mac workstations)
  • Trend Micro OfficeScan
  • VLC media player

Available on all adapted workstations

Adapted workstations with assistive technologies furnished by the Office for Students with Disabilities may be found in the following branch libraries: Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Macdonald Campus Library, Marvin Duchow Music Library, Schulich Library of Science and Engineering.

  • JAWS
  • Open Book
  • ZoomText

For information on software in the Redpath Accessible Media Room please refer to the OSD's website.

Specialized software

Find more specific location information for specialized software and computer equipment in the Library.

Software/application Available at (number of copies):
Adobe Acrobat Professional EDRS (14) | Humanities and Social Sciences: Cyberthèque (2), Electronic Classroom (24) | Macdonald Campus (1) | Schulich (5)
Adobe Creative Suite CS5 Blackader-Lauterman (6) | EDRS (1) | Humanities and Social Sciences: McLennan (17) | Macdonald Campus (48) | Marvin Duchow Music (14) | Schulich (25) (maximum 20 users at one time)
Adobe Photoshop Blackader-Lauterman (2) | EDRS (1) | Government Information Service (1) | Humanities and Social Sciences: Cyberthèque (2), McLennan (2) | Islamic Studies (1) | Marvin Duchow Music (1) | Schulich eZone - Room 313 (1)
Adobe Photoshop Elements Humanities and Social Sciences: Info Commons (2) | Macdonald Campus (1) | Marvin Duchow Music (1) | Nahum Gelber Law Library (2) | Schulich eZones - Rooms 313 & 413 (2)
Desktop mapping program that enables users to analyze geospatial data and create their own custom designed maps.
Cyberthèque (24) | EDRS (14) | Macdonald Campus (23) | Schulich eZones - Rooms 313 & 413 (38)
Audio editing software Marvin Duchow Music
Bloomberg 2nd floor McLennan, Government Information Service
Financial database covering major financial instruments, company fundamentals, equity and fixed income securities and macroeconomic data.
2nd floor McLennan, Government Information Service
ENVI 5.2 Schulich eZones - Room 313 & 413
Finale (music notation) Marvin Duchow Music
Microsoft Office for Mac Marvin Duchow Music (Word only)
Morning Star 2nd floor McLennan, Government Information Service
Software package used for conducting statistical analyses, manipulating data, and generating tables and graphs that summarize data.


EDRS (14) | Humanities and Social Sciences: e-Classroom, RM-23 (24) | Macdonald Campus (22)
SDC Platinum
A financial database covering: Global new issues, Worldwide mergers & acquisitions, Corporate governance, Corporate restructuring, Venture Xpert, Securities trading and Global public finance.
2nd floor McLennan, Government Information Service
Sibelius (music notation) Marvin Duchow Music
Software that facillitates the exchange of data between different spreadsheet and statistics programs.


EDRS (6)
Software used for cross-tabulations, correlations, t tests, equality-of-variance tests, tests of proportions, and confidence intervals.


Humanities and Social Sciences: EDRS, e-classroom RM-23, David C. Edwards Cyberthèque Classroom | Schulich eZones - Rooms 313 & 413 | Macdonald Campus Library eZone (maximum 14 users at one time)
Software used for model building, simulations, and analysis.
Macdonald and Schulich libraries (maximum of 20 simultaneous users at both branches)

Scanners, printers and copiers

There are a number of document reproduction options in the Library. The basic location info is found below. Get more information about scanning, printing and copying. See also: all uPrint machine locations on campus

Branch B&W uPrint scan/print/copy Colour uPrint scan/print/copy Spirit scanner Flatbed scanner
Birks Reading Room Yes No No No
Education Curriculum Resources Centre Yes Yes Yes No
Humanities and Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes Yes (Plus, there is a scanner available for text, slides, and photo negatives in EDRS.)
Islamic Studies Yes Yes Yes No
Life Sciences No No Yes No
Macdonald Yes Yes Yes Yes
Marvin Duchow Music Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nahum Gelber Law Yes Yes Yes No
Osler Library of the History of Medicine No No No (see Life Sciences) No
Rare Books and Special Collections No No No No
Schulich Library of Science and Engineering Yes Yes Yes Yes


Branch Microform view Microform scan Microform print Details
Humanities and Social Sciences Fiche/film/microcard Fiche/film Fiche/film


  • 6 microform reader/scanners are available on the 2nd floor in room M2-37F. Each is capable of producing PDFs or image files.
  • All scanners are linked to the library’s network, so printouts can be retrieved at uPrint machines.
  • Standard library guest accounts do not work at the scanner workstations. Walk-in users must log in using a separate guest account and password, which is displayed at each machine.

Readers (no scanning or printing)

  • Room M2-37F contains one microfilm reader with an oversized display.
  • One microcard reader and one microfiche reader are available outside of room M2-17A.
Macdonald Fiche/film Fiche/film Fiche/film The microform reader is linked to the library’s network, so printouts can be retrieved at uPrint machines.
Marvin Duchow Music Fiche/film Fiche/film Fiche/film
  • 1 digital microform reader/printer/scanner, located across from the 3rd-floor entrance, is available for microform (i.e. microfilm and microfiche) viewing, printing, and digitizing.
  • Ask for music microforms in the 3rd-floor staff area.
Osler Library of the History of Medicine Fiche Fiche Fiche --


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