Computing and Equipment at Rentschler Library
|Resources You Can Borrow|
Rentschler Library has laptops, digital cameras, digital voice recorders, & headphones that Miami affiliates can check out from the library. Please note that the loan periods and overdue fines vary by item. For more information about these items, please see the Resources You Can Borrow page.
|Public Computer Stations|
|Rentschler Library has over 60 public computer stations to help users conduct research, write papers, and create effective presentations for class. Miami students, faculty, and staff can use their unique MU username and password to login, while Community Borrowers and guests of Miami Hamilton will need to ask library staff to login them in. Access to our public computer stations is first come-first serve, but priority will be given to Miami affiliates conducting academic research. Please see our "Use of Public Workstations" policy for more information.|
|Software on Library Computers|
|Rentschler Library's public computers are equipped with a core set of applications that should meet the needs of most users on campus. Applications include the complete Microsoft Office 2010 Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc), Adobe CS6 packages (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, and more), Internet Explorer and Firefox web browsers, departmental applications (CIT, ENT, MTH), and various media players and prodcution utilities. For more information, please see our complete list of software available on Rentschler Library public workstations.|
|If you own a laptop, rest assured that Rentschler Library has full wireless access to keep you connected while on campus. With over 50 electrical outlets installed throughout the library, you can stay charged while you search the Internet, navigate library resources, and type your research papers. Please see Miami's online IT Help for guidance on creating a secure wireless connection, MU Wireless FAQ's, and for information about purchasing a wireless card. For more IT help, try searching Miami's Knowledge Base.|
|You can send print jobs to Rentschler Library's print stations from any of our public computers. Black and white print costs 10 cents per page, while color printing costs 25 cents per page. Black and white or color photocopies can also be made using the printer/photocopier. Miami affiliates can use the money stored on their MU Identification cards to access and pay for jobs and can also add money to their MUlaa accounts for printing using select credit cards. See the Bursar's Office for details. Please note that funds may not be available immediately for print usage.|
|Equipped Study Rooms|
You can reserve one of Rentschler's group study rooms to faciliate collaboration on group projects. Both rooms are equipped with a computer and Internet access, but also have wireless access for laptop usage. Additionally, both rooms are equipped with a projector and projection screen, making them the perfect place to practice presentations. Because of the high demand for these rooms, we suggest that you make a reservation by calling (513) 785-3235 . Room keys can be checked out for 2-hour time blocks, and are subject to reserve fines if not returned on time. If no one else has requested the room, keys may be checked out again at the end of the 2-hour block.
Basic Room Rules include:
|Rentschler Library has 2 microform machines for viewing and scanning resources in microfilm (16mm and 32mm) or microfiche format. Using the machine as a reader, you can quickly browse newspaper and journal content, enlarge and zoom in on images, and make adjustments to sharpen text. Documents can be scanned into .pdf files and saved to your flashdrive or NetDisk account for printing.|
|Video Viewing Rooms|
Our video viewing rooms are equipped with DVD/VCR combo televisions and remote controls that enable you to view videos placed on reserve by your professor. The rooms can also be used to watch DVD or VHS format videos that you bring in to conduct research or view as a supplement to your course materials. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
|An assistive technology station, located in one of the library's individual study rooms, is equipped with a large monitor and specialized software to aid blind and low-vision individuals. The software includes ZoomText for screen magnification, and Kurzweil screen reader. We also have a black and white video magnifier in the library that allows individuals to enlarge printed text for easier reading. Additional controls allow for zooming, modifying contrast, and focusing.|