Hands down, almost every student at UWO owns his or her own computer, and these computers are predominantly laptops. Wireless Internet can be accessed on all areas of campus and nearly every classroom, so online information can be obtained quickly. Most professors are tolerant of laptop use in the classroom, but there may be that one odd instructor who forbids such use. Unfortunately, the Internet is often inconsistent and will occasionally be down for hours at a time. Generally, the connection is relatively slow, unless you're in a main library like D.B. Weldon or Taylor. Western offers an Information Technology Services department that is very helpful and can be reached from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Computer labs can be found all over campus. The North Campus Building has a lab that requires card access for entry, and it's filled with brand-new Apple computers with specific video editing programs. Desktop computers are also found in libraries and in the social science and natural science buildings. In order to use printers in the library, the document must be printed from one of these computers. However, since the computers use Open Office instead of Microsoft Word for their document programs, the document usually needs to be reformatted before printing.