Columbia has computer labs designated for homework, study, and general computer use by students, staff, and faculty. These labs are not used for classes and remain open for daily student use. These labs are called “Open Labs” and include The Technology Commons/618 South Michigan, 1104 South Wabash/first floor Mezzanine, and 33 East Congress/Room 521. To be admitted into these labs, a current and valid Columbia College ID is required.
The labs consist of both Macintosh and PC computers, laser printers and scanners. If a student has issues in the labs, lab aides are on duty to help with printing and general problems. Tutors are also available to help students with general computer use, offering assistance with installed software. The labs also have GoPrint! installed, a system in which users can select printers and pay for their printing. Open Labs now accept Campus Cards as a form of payment, and the cards can be recharged with funds online. Students can no longer use cash to pay for printing. Generally, the labs are open Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–10 p.m., with weekends hours varying.