Authentication and network access

This page has information on how to log on to computers at the Libraries and McGill's wireless network.

McGill students, faculty and staff

Computer workstations

Wireless Network

The Libraries are part of the McGill Wireless Zone, allowing McGill students and staff who own laptops and other devices to connect to the Internet.


Visiting students, faculty and scholars


Students and faculty from other educational institutions may be able to use eduroam (EDUcation ROAMing) to access the McGill wireless network.

Eduroam is an authentication service allowing users from participating educational institutions to securely access the wireless network of any eduroam-enabled institution by using the same credentials they would use at their home institution.

You can use eduroam from any wifi-enabled device while visiting McGill, by logging in to the eduroam network with valid credentials. For more information on eduroam and on getting access to it, see: eduroam.


Guest network accounts

A temporary guest network account may also be created to support short-term access to McGill's wireless network. For more information, please visit the McGill IT web site.

Note: eduroam and guest network accounts only provide access to McGill's wireless network, and do not provide access to Library e-resources.

Visitors to the Libraries

Each library location has a dedicated cluster of computers for guest access that are identifiable by a yellow sticker on the monitor. Anyone can log in these computer workstations using the username and password listed on the login screen. 

Logging in to a library computer as a guest will provide access to most of the online resources, the internet and selected software at the Libraries. Certain online resources may be restricted by faculty, for example, Law, or by location, and may require additional authentication.

For more information about printing when logged in as a guest, see Scan, print and copy in the Libraries.

Software available on guest computer stations include:

  1. 7Zip 2018
  2. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC 2018
  3. Audacity 2.2
  4. Beyond 2020 Professional Browser 7.0 SP4
  5. EndNote X8
  6. Google Chrome Web Browser
  7. IBM SPSS Statistics 24
  8. JMP Pro 13
  9. Matlab R2017
  10. Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 Suite
  11. Microsoft Silverlight
  12. Mozilla Firefox Web Browser - Able to access external sites
  13. Notepad++ 7.5
  14. PerkinElmer ChemOffice Professional 2015
  15. Python 3.2
  16. R for Windows 3.5
  17. RStudio 1.1
  18. SAS 9.4
  19. VLC media player 3.0
  20. Zotero 5.0

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