Computers and Technology


Randall Library and TAC provide a variety of resources to support your technology needs!

Computers and Laptops
  • Over 115 computers, including Macs, in the first floor Learning Commons
  • Laptops (Dell and Apple) available to checkout at the TAC for in-library use
  • Designated Graduate Student space on the second floor with additional computers
  • Specialized computers, software and technology assistance provided by the TAC
  • iPad kiosks scattered in the library for quick look-up needs
Group Collaboration
Printing, Copying, Scanning
  • Printing, scanning and copying available via iPrint
  • Designated quick print and quick scan stations in the Learning Commons
  • Learn more...
Digital Makerspace
  • Virtual reality, 3D printing, 3D scanning, 360 cameras and more.
  • Learn more...
And more
  • Phone and tablet charging on the first floor, near the library main entrance.
  • Earplugs available at the Library Help Desk.
  • Powered tables on the first floor.
  • Media Viewing Cart with DVD, Blu-Ray, and VHS players.

FAQs for Computers and Technology

Yes, there is a workstation on the first floor of the library, in the Learning Commons. Visit our Adaptive Equipment/Software page to learn more about the equipment/software available.

  • 4 visitor computers are located on the first floor of the library.
  • Visitors must register for a free account at the Library Help Desk.
  • The session time limit on these computers is one hour, and visitors are limited to a total of two hours daily.
  • These computers have internet access and MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access software. There is no other software available on these computers.

Visitor computer users can save materials either by emailing to your personal email account (ex. Yahoo, Gmail, etc.) or by saving to a flash drive (you will need to bring your own). Visitor computers are not equipped with floppy or zip drives and do not allow downloading software.

To access these resources from off-campus, start at the library website and use the links provided on our Find Databases page, or in our Library Catalog.

When you select a licensed resource such as a database, e-journal, or e-book from our website, library catalog or other library search tool, you may be prompted to log in. If you are on campus or using the UNCW VPN, you will not be prompted to log in. 

gif showing login process from login screen to DUO authentication screen

To log in, please enter:

  • Your campus username (email address)
  • Your campus (email) password
  • You will be prompted to authenticate via DUO

Once logged in, you will be automatically transferred to the resource you selected.


*Remote online access is only available to currently registered students, and currently employed staff and faculty.

Laptop computers are available for check out at TAC (located on the first floor of Randall Library). You must provide your student ID to check out a laptop.

They can be checked out for 24 hours.

For more information, please see

Connecting to Hawkwifi:

  • View available networks on your device and select Hawkwifi.
  • Enter your UNCW username and password.
  • Accept security certificate, if prompted to do so.
  • Domain is UNCW if prompted to enter it.

See the myTAC knowledgebase article about Hawkwifi.

Connecting to SeahawkGuest:

  • View available networks on your device and select SeahawkGuest.
  • Open a browser, you will be redirected to the access agreement page.
    • If you are not automatically redirected, you can type into the address bar and press enter to reach the agreement page.
  • If you agree to abide by the listed conditions, click accept.
  • Your connection will be active for 1 hour, bandwidth limited, and unable to access UNCW resources.
    • You will have to disconnect, reconnect and re-accept the agreement after the hour expires.

See the myTAC knowledgebase article about SeahawkGuest.

About Eduroam:

This secure network can be used by visiting faculty, staff and students if their educational institution is a participant. All UNCW faculty, staff and students can securely access the Internet from any other participating educational institution worldwide via the eduroam network.

Visit the myTAC knowledgebase article for Eduroam.

First, find a streaming video:

  • Start with the Randall Library guide to streaming videos (look under Locating Streaming Video at the top of the guide). It links to a page where you can search for videos as well as view a list of Randall Library’s streaming video databases that you may browse.
  • If you already know the title of a video you would like to show, you can use the library catalog and search by title to see if Randall Library provides access to it. 

    a screenshot of the library catalog
  • Verify that the link to the video works by clicking on the View streaming video link:

    a screen shot of a video title in the catalog
  • If the video does not play, contact your liaison librarian and they will troubleshoot, and, if necessary, purchase the video for our collection.

Playing the video in Zoom:

  1. Open the video in your browser (in a new window rather than a new tab).
  2. Open Zoom for PC or Mac
    • Zoom for the web (including on Chromebooks) does not provide the ability to share / play videos
    • The Zoom app for tablets and phones (Android and iOS) are problematic in sharing video
  3. Share your screen, using Zoom, choosing the browser window in which your video is open. 
  4. Begin playing the video.

Other Helpful Resources: 

To access your Randall Library catalog account so that you can see fines and due dates, what resources you have checked out, or what holds you have waiting for you, go to My Account.

For interlibrary loan requests, log in here: 

To access a database, journal, ebook, or other resource from off campus, you will be prompted to log in with your UNCW credentials.

To log in, please enter:

  • Your campus username (email address)
  • Your campus (email) password
  • You will be prompted to authenticate via DUO

Once logged in, you will be automatically transferred to the resource you selected.

Problems with your login?

Logon with your UNCW email username (without the and email password.

The Extron System is available in the 2 group study pods on the first floor (go here to reserve a pod). To use the system:

  • Plug an available HDMI or VGA cable into a laptop or other mobile device. HDMI cables should be available at each station and are also available for check out at the Circulation Desk.
  • To select a device for display, press the selection button on the cable. Wait several seconds for the display to activate. One device at a time can be selected for display.
  • To switch between devices, just press the selection button on the cable for the desired device. Wait several seconds for the display to change.
  • When finished, just unplug the display cables from the devices.

For instructions on how to use our microfilm and microfiche machines, please refer to the How to use the Microfilm ScanPro 2000 and How to use the Minolta Microfilm Machine guides.

Many group study rooms have monitors you can connect to and RL 1045 offers multimedia presentation equipment and ample meeting space. Both group study pods near Port City Java are equipped with The Extron TeamWork® 601 (Collaboration station).

See Group Study Room Descriptions.


 The following equipment is available to check out at TAC on the first floor of Randall Library:

  • Dell Laptops and power adaptors

For more information, please see

The Digital Makerspace offers a variety of equipment for checkout, including TI-84+ CE-T calculators, cameras, camcorders, lapel mics, and tablets. Please see:

  • There are 11 collaboration stations located on the first floor of the Randall Library.. 
  • The collaboration stations consist of 6 PCs, 5 Macs, and 3 scanners. They all have Adobe CS6 Design Standard (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat X Pro) and TI-84 Plus Calculator emulator as well as access to SPSS, SAS, and various other software titles through Horizon.
  • There are also 5 video editing stations.
  • The video editing stations consist of 2 PCs and 1 Mac with dual displays and 2 Macs with single display. All have video conversion equipment and editing software.

Software on Computers

  • 7-Zip 18.5
  • Adobe Acrobat DC
  • ArcGIS 10.8.2
  • Audacity 2.1.3
  • GIMP 2.8.6
  • Google Chrome
  • IBM SPSS Statistics 24
  • JMP Pro 14
  • Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus
    • Access
    • Excel
    • OneNote
    • PowerPoint
    • Publisher
    • Word
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Notepad++
  • Pharos iPrint
  • Python 3.8
  • Read&Write Gold 11
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser

Computers on the second floor, outside of the Graduate Study Lounge and the Quiet Study Lounge, have the Adobe Creative Cloud. Read more about accessing Adobe Creative Cloud applications.

There are four Bloomberg Terminals in the Learning Commons.

GIS stations in the Learning Commons (located near Bloomberg Terminals) have:

  • Regular Arc GIS desktop 10.7.1
  • Arc GIS Pro
  • ENVI 5.5.2
  • ERDAS Imagine 2018
  • Google Earth


VMWare Horizon

Whether you are on or off campus, using a PC, Mac or mobile device, you can access UNCW software through Horizon. The complete list of software available through Horizon is on the linked page. 

The Horizon client is installed on Randall Library computers. 


  • E-mail will be set up for new students 5 business days after registration.
  • Your student e-mail address is your initials followed by four randomly generated numbers.
  • To find your e-mail address, go to UNCW SeaPort at and follow the steps listed under the log in boxes.
  • Find more information about IT services at UNCW.


Please visit the myTAC website for hours information or to schedule an appointment. Equipment checkout is available anytime TAC is open.


UNCW has purchased Adobe Creative Cloud for all students and 25% of faculty and staff. Learn more about how to access Adobe Creative Cloud.

Computers on the second floor of Randall Library (PDF), except for the Graduate Lounge, have access to Adobe Creative Cloud, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver. Read more about software available at Randall Library

Computers on the first floor, near the back of the library, also have Adobe Creative Cloud. 

You can charge your iPhone, Android, iPad, wireless headphones, and other technology at the charging station on the first floor.

Instructions are displayed on the screen of the station.

Disposable, single-use headphones are available at the Library Help Desk.