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Guest Computers

Guest Computer in the Library, First Floor

The library's guest computers are available for community users on a first-come, first-served basis once you have registered for an account. The guest computers are located on the first floor of the library. Guest PCs have various browsers for accessing library resources, the catalog, and the internet. You can also print to library print stations using a guest print card.

Software on the Guest Computers

  • Firefox, Chrome, Edge and Internet Explorer
  • Adobe Reader
  • VLC Media Player
  • Windows Media Player
  • Wordpad

How to Use the Library Guest Computers

How do I register for an account?

Visitors can ask for a guest account at the Circulation desk. You will be assigned a pin code, good until the end of the calendar year on the workstations reserved for guests.

What do I need to show in order to set up an account?

Bring a valid government-issued photo ID showing your name and photo. You will be asked to read and sign an application form agreeing to the rules for use of guest computers.

How long is my account active?

Your account will expire on December 31 of the current year.

Which computers can I use?

Several computers are reserved for community guests, located in the alcove just outside of the hallway leading to instruction labs on the first floor of the library [see map].

How long will I have access to the internet?

Guest users are allotted two hours per day. You may log out after a portion of that time and log back in later in the day to use your remaining minutes. Unused minutes do not roll over to a future day.

You will be logged out automatically if there is no activity for five minutes.

Will I be warned when my time is about to run out?

Yes, an alert will pop up when time is running out. You will also be warned when the library is about to close. Guest computers automatically shut down five minutes before closing time.

Can I reserve a computer in advance?

No. In order to make maximum use of limited stations, we cannot hold a computer for someone. However, with the two-hour limited access, your wait time for a guest computer will also be limited.


Save your work! To prevent data loss, save your files to removable media such as a burnable CD or USB memory stick—not on the hard drive.

Printing from Guest Computers

Printing is the same for all computers in the library. But if you are a guest (not affiliated with UMD) and don't have a U Card, you may purchase a Campus Cash Card ($1.00) and then add value to it at a cash-to-card machine located on the first floor of the library near the restrooms. Printing costs $.05 per black and white page. See prices for color and oversize printing, plus detailed printing instructions.

Map Showing Guest Computers and Printers

Map showing Guest Computers on first floor past circulation desk
Guest Computers (circled) and Printer Stations (arrow)

UMD Guest Wifi

Do you have a laptop or device, but are not part of the UMD community, and want to use the internet? See UMD Guest Wififor access.

Access from Off Campus

Community users, if not physically on campus, can only use these open-access resources due to licensing restrictions. 

Checking out Items

See this page for borrowing materials as a guest.