Every WSU Library has public computers freely available on a first-come, first-served basis for use in web surfing, email access, research, and personal use. WSU computers are available to the general public as well as to WSU students, staff, and faculty. Due to heavy traffic in some libraries some computers have first priority to individuals using library resources such as our online catalog, electronic journals and subscription databases.
Each computer has a Microsoft Office package containing Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, as well as other software including Audacity and Arachnophilia. While the computers lack speakers, most do possess sound cards, and patrons with headphones can plug in to hear audio on these (headphones are available for checkout in some libraries). If you use these computers to compose papers or work on assignments, please save your work frequently, as most library computers will not automatically save it for you.
Each WSU Pullman library has a creativity station which also includes a scanner, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Acrobat. The Owen and Holland/Terrell stations also have ArcGIS software. Owen's station also includes ports to allow downloading from several varieties of memory cards.
All WSU Libraries have wireless access, though strength of access varies at different points in the libraries. To use the WSU wireless system, you have to be a WSU affiliate (student, staff, or faculty), and some brief set-up is required. See information on WSU's wireless system. Each library also has a limited number of wired (ethernet) connections.
Holland/Terrell Libraries and Owen Science Library have laptops which may be checked out by WSU students, staff, and faculty. The laptops contain software similar to that found on the public workstations.