The Library at the College of DuPage offers a variety of patron-centered computing facilities which are available during all hours of operation.
The Library Media Lab is a place where COD students can create and edit all kinds of digital audio, video, and images. Located on the Library's lower level, the Lab is free for all COD students to use--you just need a valid COD Library card. The Lab’s resources include:
Patrons can go to the Computing Support & Printing Services desk on the Library's lower level if they need immediate assistance with printers, copiers, microfilm readers, computers and installed software.
The Library has computers which are available for use by all patrons. All Library PC's run the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system and are connected to network printers and the Internet. A variety of software is available on Library computers. Please familiarize yourself with the policies on the use of Library computers.
In order to prevent malware-ridden programs from compromising network-linked computers, installing new software applications is restricted by denying administrative privileges to regular users. If you need to execute a new program or download an update on a workstation, please seek assistance from Computing/Printing Support staff in the Library.
The Library has laptop computers for students to use in the Library. The laptops run the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system. Those patrons wishing to connect to the Internet using a Library laptop can do so on both levels of the Library using the public wireless network. The Library also circulates laptop computers for use outside the Library for College faculty and staff. For information about this service, please contact the circulation department at (630) 942-2106.
The Library offers the following software on all of its PC and laptop computers:
COD has created two public WiFi hotspots that do not require entering campus buildings. Learn more about locating these network access points.
Library users can access the Internet using the COD Public Wireless network. The network extends throughout the Library and can be accessed with wireless enabled computers. Computers should automatically connect to the Public Wireless Network when it has been detected.
Please note that student laptops checked-out from the Library are pre-configured to access the Internet without having to log in.
If you have any problems accessing or using the wireless network, please contact the Computer Support & Printing Services department.
While the campus is closed, the Library is offering a printing service for black and white and color documents. Patrons can upload their document using the Printing Request Form, and Library staff will print it and have it available by appointment for contactless pickup at the Grab and Go table.
You can request a print job in a few easy steps.
1. Prepare your document, save it to your computer, and close the document. Ensure that:
Your electronic file must be saved in one of these file formats:
2. Use the Printing Request Form to enter your information and upload the file.
Note: The document must be closed before you upload it.
3. Click Submit.
Please use a separate form for each file submission.
4. Once you have received an email that your print job is ready, use the link in the email to make an appointment for a pick up time during the Library’s Grab and Go hours. Your document will be in an envelope with your name on it on the Grab and Go table at the scheduled pickup time.
Library print jobs are managed by SmartPrint, a web-based system that allows you to easily manage your print jobs in the Library and at COD.
Smart Print enables everyone to print from laptops, phones, or tablets on the go. To submit a print job, COD students and Faculty/Staff members need to email their documents to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org from their COD accounts.
For community users, the recipients are the same. Community members just need to remember to send files from the personal e-mail address connected to your SmartPrint account.
All users can use the cash kiosk in the Library Print Center to add money to accounts using paper money (coins not accepted). The kiosk will not provide change. The minimum amount of fund that can be added using the cash kiosk is $1.
The Library has a high speed book scanner available to use for free. The scanner has a touch-and-view monitor with a two-button interface and a SmartDock, which is used to transfer images wirelessly to smartphones and tablets. Users can scan documents to searchable PDF, JPEG, PNG, and RTF file formats and save their files on a USB flash drive or send them to e-mail or cloud storage services.
The Library offers a variety of assistive technologies for our patrons with disabilities. Please refer to the Library's Accessible & Assistive Services page for a complete list of these resources.