Library Computer Facilities

There are several ways in which members of the Whitman community can use the computer resources in Penrose Library:

  • There are 7 Macintoshes and 35 Windows PC's located in study carrels throughout the library. All are connected to the campus network and the Internet.
  • 6 wireless PC laptops and 4 wireless MacBooks are available for checkout for use within the Library. They are pre-configured to connect the campus network, the Internet, and the Library's printers. See below for checkout details.
  • If you have your own laptop computer, you may connect it to the campus network, the Internet, and networked printers from within the library. You can use a standard ethernet cable connected to any of the many open network ports. Or, you can take advantage of the wireless network (requires a valid Whitman network login). 

Penrose Computer Hours

Sunday-Sunday, 12:00AM - 12:00AM (During the regular academic year.  Hours vary during academic breaks)

Support hours are posted on the Technology Support Desk.

Library Tech Support Desk & Laptop Checkout

  • Library Main Lobby  
  • Telephone: x5062
  • Normal Academic Year Business Hours:  Mon.-Thurs. 9am-Midnight, Fri. 9am-5pm, Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-Midnight (the desk is generally closed during academic breaks)

All of the checkout laptops and Mac chargers are on a first-come, first-serve basis. They are available for 4 hours at a time (or due back within 15 minutes of desk closing), and late returns will incur a fine.

These machines are available for use within the library only, and may not leave the building. They should be able to connect to the campus network (and all other network services, such as the Internet and the Library printers) from just about anywhere within the Library.  They are also pre-configured with the same standard suite of software available in our other computer labs.