Computer Software

The libraries have a very limited number of public computer workstations available in each location, with some restricted to short-term Virgo use only. Public computers contain a variety of research software packages. ITS maintains a list of Windows software installed on Library and ITS lab PCs.

Using Laptops in the Libraries

Patrons are strongly encouraged to bring their personal laptops or mobile devices to the library to do their work. Several libraries have basic laptop accessories like power strips and locks available, and Clemons Library has additional resources such as keyboards, mice, thumb drives, and large external monitors.

Problems? Please call the ITS Help Desk at 434-924-4357.

Connecting a Laptop to the U.Va. Network

Faculty, Students and Staff

To connect to cavalier, U.Va.’s encrypted wireless network, follow the instructions provided by ITS.

For further information about the U.Va. wireless network see the  ITS Wireless homepage.

You can also connect your laptop to the University’s wired network with an ethernet card. Ask the library staff about the location of network ports. Network cables are available for checkout at Alderman, Clemons, and the Charles L. Brown Science & Engineering libraries.


If you are a guest of the University, you can obtain a temporary passcode to connect to U.Va.’s unencrypted wireless network. This passcode can be obtained from the service desks in Alderman, Clemons, and Brown Science & Engineering libraries. You will need to show a photo ID and provide your name and e-mail address at the time the passcode is issued. The passcode is valid for seven days; when it expires, you will need to request a new one.