Lab Use Policy

General Computer Lab Use

This lab is available throughout the week‚ on a first come‚ first use basis‚ and it is available for use during the library hours of operation. Students wishing to use any scanners, software or accessible tools specific to a workstation are given priority to that station. If you are not using these options, you may be asked to move. Adaptive equipment that is available in the computer lab includes the following: adjustable desk, printers, and scanners. Support staff is available to help if you have any questions or need additional training on software. Below are lists of some of the current software, hardware, and programs on the desktops:

Assistive Technology Software

  • Internet Explorer: Web browser
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional: Industry standard document reader and creator
  • MAGic: Screen magnification and masking software
  • JAWS: Screen reading software
  • Read & Write Gold: Reading, writing, and research support tools

Assistive Technology Hardware

  • VisioDesk: A video magnifying machine to enlarge print and enhance contrast
  • Ruby: Portable video magnifier

There will be no open containers of food or drink allowed at work stations or near computer lab devices. Additionally, the DRC permits use of one computer per user at any given time. Students are not permitted to be logged onto multiple computers.

Computer Lab Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED

Refer see the UNR academic calendar for exceptions regarding holidays at the following website:

Please see the Front Desk for the availability of the DRC Assistive Technology Lab.

Protect Your Data

Choose your passwords carefully, change them regularly, and protect them from abuse. Your NetID gives you access to many UNR services. You are responsible for any use of your NetID. You may not share your personal NetID password. In the course of using UNR services you may store and/or transmit data that come from institutional sources. Some data are more sensitive than others. You are responsible for knowing the applicable data security standards and policies, appropriate places to store the data, and controlling who can access the data.

Tips for protecting your computer and your data:

  • Create a strong password and change it frequently (at least once per semester)
  • Never share your password with anyone and don't write it down
  • If you login to something, be sure to logout
  • Log out (or lock using Ctrl+alt+delete or from the apple menu on a Mac, choose "Log Out...") your computer when it's not in use
  • Do not use public computers to conduct financial transactions
  • Use caution when opening email attachments
  • Install anti-virus software and keep it up to date

Email services at UNR are provided to support you in your work and education, as well as to support communication from the UNR administration. Your use of email services at the UNR should respect others and must not interfere with the operation of UNR computers and networks.

Respecting Copyrights

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to upholding U.S. copyright law, and works to ensure that copyright, particularly as it applies to digital assets, is respected within the University community.

Copyright Statement

All text, images, logos and information contained on official University websites are the intellectual property of the University of Nevada, Reno and the Nevada System of Higher Education unless otherwise indicated. U.S. copyright law provides protection for all content, with or without this statement. Reproduction of any content-text, images, photographs, etc.-requires permission.
It is the responsibility of all departments and individuals posting materials to University websites to ensure that these postings do not violate the proprietary rights of others and does not violate University policy or local, state and federal laws. The design, photographs, and logos and other marks used on University websites are directly managed by the department listed as contact for those sites and should not be used without the express consent of the posting department.

Links to Non-University Websites

Links from official University websites to sites located outside of the University domain do not imply endorsement or credibility of the linked sites.

Registered Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Agent

The University has designated the following person to receive notification from copyright owners of claimed infringement of digital materials and software copyright:

John Bird Vilseck
University Libraries/0430
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557-0044
(775) 784-4855


Students may print up to ten (10) pages per day quota. The current printing options allow black and white copies. Paper is made available through the front desk staff. The permissible print size and paper in the lab is plain 8 1/2" x 11" paper. Inserting specialty paper in the computer lab printers is currently not allowed.

The benefits of the printing quota:

  • To reduce paper and toner usage in computer labs
  • To reduce waste and promote sustainability
  • To offset costs to increase accessibility of printing to all students


The computer lab is equipped with scanners with signs designating to which workstation they connect. Please see the Front Desk or AT lab assistant if further assistance is required.

Computer Lab Equipment and Accessories Check-in and Check-Out

Students should see DRC staff to properly check-in or check-out assistive technology and accessories associated with . Items include headphones, laptops, iPads etc.

Workshops on Software

Students should check the DRC website for upcoming workshops regarding software such as Dragon Naturally Speaking, Read & Write Gold, and Audio Notetaker. New software programs and suites will have general as well as specific workshops available throughout the academic year. These workshops will be offered by the DRC and if you have suggestions on future topics, please contact the AT lab assistant or Front Desk.