York University provides a number of computer "lab" facilities for students to "drop-in" and use computers well-stocked with a variety of software which can be used for learning, creativity and research activities at York. The commonly available computer facilities are together commonly called "FAS - File Access Services". "FAS - File Access Service" computers are also found at the various libraries at York. As part of students' computer lab access you receive 1 GB of "labfiles" disk storage.
Individual Faculties and departments/programs may provide "Teaching Labs" of varying seating capacities for use in specific courses. Some of these facilities may also be used, by students in specific Faculties/programs for "drop-in" purposes based on teaching schedules and availability.
How do I get it?
All York students can have access to the "FAS - File Access Services" computers, in labs, or remotely. Access to Faculty and/or departmental labs may be restricted to students by program/course.
Computer labs for students are at the following locations:
- William Small Centre (WSC) Computing Commons
155 Campus Walk (Keele Interactive Map)
[Winter Exam Period Lab Hours 9 AM - 5:50 PM Monday to Friday]
Monday - Thursday - 8am - 8:50pm
Friday - 9am - 5:50pm
Saturday - Sunday and all long weekends - CLOSED
- Accolade East (ACE) Computing Commons
Accolade East Building, Room 017 (Keele Interactive Map)
[Currently CLOSED for Dept and Exam Usage]
Monday – Thursday – 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Friday – 8:30 am – 3:50 pm
Saturday – Sunday and all long weekends - CLOSED
- See university dates and hours.
- Breakout Room at Computing Commons
- Your University Libraries
Catalogue access only
If you know that you only need access to the library catalogue, look for computers that offer catalogue access only. These are labeled catalogue express. There are some on every floor of the Scott Library, and some in the Sound and Moving Image Library on the first floor of the Scott Library.
But if you think you'll need access to the Internet as well as the catalogue (to read online resources such as electronic books or journals, for instance), or if you need a workstation for longer periods (say, to write a paper), read on.
Each library offers computing workstations that can be used for both research and writing. These workstations provide access to the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Each library has a different configuration of research workstations. To use the library research computers you must login using your FAS - File Access Services account. Most research computers are available during the libraries' business hours.
The carrels on the first floor of Scott (near the Reserve Desk), the new reading room on the second floor, and areas around the atrium on all floors of Scott are wireless access zones (AirYork). As well, the Bronfman, Frost, and Steacie Science & Engineering Libraries all offer AirYork service. If you have a laptop with wireless connections, just register your laptop and bypass the lines entirely. For more information see wireless and laptop computing.
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