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Library Computer Hardware & Software Details

The FGCU Library has 220 computers available for student and community patron use:

  • 121 computers in the Main Lab
  • 10 computers in the Reference Lab
  • 2 computers in the Microform Reading and Copy Room
  • 7 computers in the Speciality Lab (CAD, A/V & Photo Editing software)
  • 24 Group Study Rooms with computers for group collaboration
  • 4 computers in The Study - graduate and faculty study Room
  • 6 Kwick-Kiosks for web, email
  • 12 stacks OPAC kiosks for web, library catalog and database searches
  • 34 seat Information Literacy teaching lab


The standard library computers are:

Dell Optiplex 790
[Intel i5-2400, 3.1 Ghz CPU; 4GB RAM; CD/DVD-RW; 20" LCD monitor]

  • Group Study Room computers have 24" LCD monitors
  • Headphones and Headsets (w/Microphones) available for check-out at Circulation Desk


The standard lab computers have:

  • Windows 7
  • Microsoft Office 2013
    (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Adobe Reader
  • Maple 18
  • SPSS Statistics 22
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser

Computers in the Speciality Lab also have:

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • ArcGIS 10
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • AutoCAD 2014 *
    * (also available in lab computers 106-117)
  • MatLAB 2013
  • SolidWorks 2013
  • Sony Vegas Pro 10

Virtual Labs have been created by AETS for additional access to special software.

Green Initiatives:

As part of Library Technology’s ongoing commitment to efficient use of technology resources, recycling, and power savings, since January 2007, approximately 200 of the library’s computers have been configured to automatically shut-down for a minimum of 50-70 hours per week (with longer shut down times during winter breaks, summer and intersession periods). An estimate of the power savings to the university since program inception in 2007 is:

Savings Per Month


Savings To Date
kWh saved
University funds saved
(January 2007 - April 2014)

Since late 2008, the library labs and employees have been using 100% recycled paper
CTS has participates in programs for the sustainable recycling of toner cartridges, small electronics, and "paper mining" (re-using used paper).

Desktop Security:

Security for the desktops in the open lab is implemented in layers, which provides a more comprehensive, yet less intrusive protection over the workstations while allowing library patrons the use of standard Windows interface features. The security system is intended to protect the open lab PC’s and the network from innocent blunders and malicious experimentation.