At UCLA, computer labs are as plentiful as the California sunshine. Checking e-mail from any of the 17 labs usually requires no more than a five-minute wait. However, finding a computer to use for more than five minutes is slightly more challenging. Students pack the CLICC Lab in the College Library where they can use both Macs and PCs to check e-mail in 10-minute increments or use a computer for schoolwork for up to two hours. However, the line is hefty between classes. The wait for a computer in the main library can take up to 20 minutes at lunchtime, and even then there is a two-hour usage limit. When there is not a class in session, the third floor of Powell is open for student use, and there is hardly ever a line.
The libraries also have electrical outlets and Ethernet hookups scattered around for students looking to study with their own laptops. Or better yet, check one out from the CLICC Lab at Powell Library—this is a little-known secret that will save money and time. Overall, computers at UCLA are plentiful, but the labs still lack the freedom to snag an A grade. One plus, however, is the network's incredible speed and reliability. With three new networks recently added to the mix, it's a snap to find a good connection on campus.