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.


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Computing at McGill

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

McGill Library offers over 600 computer workstations throughout the Library system for use by McGill students, faculty and staff, as well as guest users.

Guest access provides access to the Library's website, catalogues and electronic resources (journals, e-books, databases, etc.) for visitors to the Library from the wider community.

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

McLennan Building [Floor plans]

Redpath Building

[Workstation details]
Islamic Studies 2 workstations, plus 1 guest account computer [Floor plan] [Workstation details]
Macdonald 52 workstations [Floor plan] [Workstation details]
Marvin Duchow Music
  • 54 workstations, including 12 with piano keyboards
  • 14 laptops with specialized music software (only available to students taking music courses)
  • 2 guest account stations. 3rd floor: directly beside A319. 4th floor: directly beside the washrooms
[Floor plans] [Workstation details]
Nahum Gelber Law 10 workstations [Floor plans] [Workstation details]
Rare Books and Special Collections 2 workstations [McLennan Building, 4th floor: [Floor plan]
Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering
  • 4 workstations, on Level 4, in room 410
  • 4 guest account stations, on Level 2. Three (3) near the entrance and one (1) in room 215


McGill students can borrow one of 12 HP laptops at the Laptop Kiosk, located at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library.

Software installed: Windows 10, Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, Adobe Digital Editions, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Skype (the consumer version), and Zoom. Microsoft Office is not installed. Users need to log into McGill’s Office 365 service to use Office apps. Charging cables are not included.

Laptops must be returned directly back into the kiosk. Be sure to plug in the power cable, so that the laptop will recharge for the next user. The kiosk will not loan a laptop until its battery is 90% charged or more.

Loan-period: one day, laptops are due the next day at midnight. The overdue fines accrue at a rate of $0.02 per minute. Laptops overdue longer than one day will be considered “lost,” and the borrower will be charged a replacement fee of $350 plus a processing fee of $50. Broken equipment will also be subject to the same replacement and processing fees.


Workstation information

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

Citation management software

EndNote is 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.

Mobile apps

See our guide to mobile apps which provide access to content and collections that the McGill library subscribes to, and that facilitate use of these materials using mobile technologies.

Software available everywhere | Adapted workstations | Other specialized software

Available on all Library computer workstations

All workstations are now running Windows 10 OS

  • 7-Zip 16.04 
  • Adobe Digital Editions
  • Adobe Reader DC 17.009
  • Adobe Shockwave Player 12.2
  • Audacity 2.2
  • Beyond 2020 Professional Browser 7.0 SP4
  • ChemOffice 15.1
  • EndNote X8
  • FFMpeg 2.2.2
  • Firefox 49.0.2 
  • Google Chrome 58.0
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • LAME for Windows 3.99.3 
  • MATLAB R2017
  • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016
  • PopsTools 3.2.5
  • Python 3.2
  • RStudio for Windows 3.5
  • SAS 9.4
  • SPSS (except Mac OS X workstations) 24.0
  • Trend Micro OfficeScan 11.0.
  • Wolfram Mathematica 11.3
  • VLC media player 3.0
  • Zotero 5.0
View software available through guest access.

Specialized software

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

Software/application Available at (number of copies):
ABBYY FineReader 6.0 Sprint HSSL: Digital Scholarship Hub (RM-16) (1)
Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps HSSL: Digital Scholarship Hub (RM-16) (6) Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering (Level 4, room 410) (4)
Desktop mapping program that enables users to analyze geospatial data and create their own custom designed maps.

Humanities and Social Sciences: Cyberthèque (10) | HSSL: Data Lab (M2-37A) (14) | HSSL: Digital Scholarship Hub (RM-16) (1) | HSSL: Redpath 2nd floor (18) | Macdonald Campus (23) 


Qualitative Data Analysis & Research Software

HSSL: Data Lab (M2-37A) (3)
Audio editing software Marvin Duchow Music
Bloomberg HSSL: Finance Lab (3rd floor McLennan, room M3-53B)
Can 8 Group Study Area, Redpath Main Floor (24)
Financial database covering major financial instruments, company fundamentals, equity and fixed income securities and macroeconomic data.
HSSL: Finance Lab (3rd floor McLennan, room M3-53B)
Google Earth HSSL: Data Lab (M2-37A) (14) | HSSL: Redpath 2nd floor (40)
Microsoft Office for Mac Marvin Duchow Music
MorningStar HSSL: Finance Lab (3rd floor McLennan, room M3-53B)
Music notation software Marvin Duchow Music
NVivo HSSL: Digital Scholarship Hub (RM-16)
Software package used for conducting statistical analyses, manipulating data, and generating tables and graphs that summarize data.


HSSL: Data Lab (M2-37A) (14) | HSSL: McLennan e-Classroom (24) | HSSL: Redpath 2nd floor (18) | 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.
HSSL: Finance Lab (3rd floor McLennan, room M3-53B)
Software that facilitates the exchange of data between different spreadsheet and statistics programs.


HSSL Data Lab (M2-37A) (14) | Macdonald Campus Library (5)
Software used for cross-tabulations, correlations, t tests, equality-of-variance tests, tests of proportions, and confidence intervals.


(maximum 14 users at one time)
Humanities and Social Sciences: HSSL Data Lab (M2-37A), McLennan e-Classroom, David C. Edwards Cyberthèque Classroom | Macdonald Campus Library eZone
Wolfram Mathematica HSSL Data Lab (M2-37A) (14) | HSSL: Redpath 2nd floor (40)

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 No No
Humanities and Social Sciences Yes Yes







Blackader: BLDR002 & BLDR002

Cybertheque: Cyber052 & Cyber053

Data Lab M2-37A: EDRS002

Islamic Studies Yes Yes


2nd floor - with Expert Mode

Macdonald Yes Yes



2nd floor: PCs Macd-OSD001 & Macd-OSD002

Marvin Duchow Music Yes Yes


3rd floor - with Expert Mode


5th floor: Music-OSD (public); MusicLab001, MusicLab008, (MSCR)

Nahum Gelber Law Yes Yes


Osler Library of the History of Medicine No No No No
Rare Books and Special Collections No No No No
Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering No Yes No No


Learn how to view and scan microfilms and microfiches here.

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


  • 2 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 --



Type of equipment at 
Humanities and Social Sciences

Sony Stereo Headphones

(purchased with funding from the AUS Library Partnership Committee)

2 day loan

Sony Noise Canceling Headphones

(purchased with funding from the AUS Library Partnership Committee)

2 day loan

Apple VGA adapters

2 day loan

Apple MacBook chargers

(including 45W, 60W, and 85W MagSafe 2 Power Adapters)

2 day loan

Verilux Happy Lights

(purchased with funding from the AUS Library Partnership Committee)

2 week loan

Scientific Calculators

3 hour loan & 2 day loan

DSCVR Virtual Reality (Google Cardboard) headset for smartphones

(purchased with funding from the AUS Library Partnership Committee)

2 day loan

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