Computers and wireless

PCs and Macs are available at each Library site. You can book Library computers or connect your laptop to the wireless network.

Most of the computers can be reserved using the BookIt system. You need to log in with your RMIT ID to access BookIt. If you have problems using BookIt, contact Library staff via Ask the Library. They can help with:

  • Making or cancelling a booking
  • Re-allocating forfeited bookings
  • Extending booking times (subject to availability)

Walk-up and assistive technology PCs do not need to be booked.

Using Library computers

Library computers come with RMIT’s standard operating systems and software. You can access software and apps relevant to your studies using myDesktop.

Contact IT Connect for all software-related questions.

Save your work to myDesktop, which you can access on any device anywhere on and off campus, or bring a USB.

Please save your work regularly. If your PC is inactive for 30 minutes it will be automatically logged off and unsaved work will be lost.

Printers (black/white and colour) are connected via the network to all computers. Find out more about printing, scanning and photocopying.

The University’s wireless network is available at the Bundoora, Brunswick, Carlton and Swanston Library sites. 

Assistive (or adaptive) technology refers to devices and software that make it possible for people with disabilities to use computers. To access the assistive technology programs on Library computers, you need to register with Equitable Learning and Disability Services. Contact them if you need training, or if you are unsure which assistive technology program is best for you.

The following programs are available on any Library PC:

  • ZoomText is a screen magnification software for students with low vision.
  • Read and Write Gold is a literacy assistance software that reads most file types.
  • ClaroRead helps with reading online documents.
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking is a voice recognition software for writing.
  • JAWS is a screen reading software for students who are blind and have low vision.

The Library has dedicated PCs with assistive technology. Bookings are not required.

  • Inspiration for graphical idea representation and essay structuring.
  • Omni Page Professional for OCR-ing and scanning (Assistive technology PCs with scanners available at all Libraries except Swanston).
  • Closed circuit television for enlarging text 

TTY telephone typewriters:

Brunswick Payphone TTY in Building 514, Level 1, Cafe Area.

Find out more about accessing assistive software and other benefits of registering with Equitable Learning Services.

Assistive technology help

For hardware problems, please ask Library staff for help. You can also call us on 9925 2020 with your location, and someone will come to help you.

For software problems, please contact IT Connect. Use chat or log a request. For urgent help, call 9925 8000.

If you need general help, email library.disabilitycontacts@rmit.edu.au.

Computer booking conditions

  • Please save your work regularly.
  • Bookings are for up to 2 hours but can be extended if there are no other bookings.
  • 10 minutes, 5 minutes and then 3 minutes before your booking ends you will get a reminder to save your work. You will be automatically logged out once your booking time has expired.
  • Remember to bring your own headphones.

PC users

  • If you don't log in within the first 15 minutes, your PC booking will expire.
  • If you stop using the PC for 30 minutes, it will log off automatically and you will lose any unsaved work.

MAC users

  • Check your bookings in BookIt; Macs cannot display your booking information.
  • Bookings take priority over walk-up users.
  • Mac bookings don't expire.
  • You can make bookings up to 2 weeks in advance.
  • You can cancel your bookings at any time.
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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.