Computing & Information Services

Information Resource Centers & Student Labs

General-purpose student computing labs, known as the Information Resource Centers (IRCs), are located in the Educational Technology Center.  All current students have access to the IRCs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for work on course assignments or independent projects. In addition, several departments maintain specialty student computing labs: Physics, Biology, Psychology, Music, Chemistry, Political Science (the PPW), and the Academic Resource Center (the DoJo).

To use the IRCs, you must follow the acceptable use policy outlined in the Computer User Agreement, and you need to have a Reed computing account. If you have not already done so, follow these steps to get your account.

The IRCs contain 60 Macintosh computers running OS X.  A wide variety of academic software is available for student use, and Computer User Services provides software help for the most frequently used programs. In addition there is a computing classroom in ETC 211 (16 machines), and a cart of laptops (18) we can deploy into ETC 205 or 208.

Students can use laser printers in the IRCs (as well as other locations on campus) for 10¢ a page, billed automatically to their account. Each year, the first $20 of printing is free. Color printing is also available in the IRCs for 35¢ per page.  Check the Help pages for detailed information on printing.

In case you run into computing problems, the Help Desk is located immediately outside the IRCs.

If you'd like more details: Read about how we manage the labs, check the update status of the machines, or check on what software is available in each lab.