Library Computer Hardware & 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 & Mobile Devices in the Libraries

  • Library users 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. Alderman, Brown, and Clemons Libraries have charging lockers for laptops and mobile devices.

    Charging locker in Clemons Library

  • Clemons Library has keyboards, mice, thumb drives, and large external monitors.
  • Alderman Library has the following laptop & mobile phone chargers:
    • Apple MacBook Laptop Power Adapter
    • Dell Laptop Power Adapter
    • Apple Lightning Charger (iPhone & iPad)
    • Micro USB Charger (Motorola, LG, Samsung, Nokia and others)

Connecting a Laptop to the UVA Network

Faculty, Students and Staff

  • To connect to cavalier, UVA’s encrypted wireless network, follow the instructions provided by ITS.
  • You can also connect your laptop to the University’s wired network with an ethernet card.
  • A note to UVA Retirees: Some Library access privileges can remain after retirement. Find out more.


  • Guests of the University 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 28 days; when it expires, you will need to request a new one.

Problems Using Your Laptop or Computing Device in the Library

Please call the ITS Help Desk at 434-924-4357 for technical assistance.


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