Ebling Library InfoCommons

About the InfoCommons

The InfoCommons is spread across both floors of the Ebling Library along the Atrium window. The combination of Ebling Library, and the UW-Madison HSLC general access campus Computer Lab (Infolab), provides an integrated environment for library and information technology staff, services, and resources. It is open to the entire UW-Madison Community (currently enrolled students, faculty and staff of all schools). Access to the InfoCommons (iMac) workstations requires logging in with a UW Madison NetID.

The InfoCommons offers a variety of resources and services, including:

Use of the InfoCommons computers must be consistent with the University's mission and with its role as a public agency. For more information, please see the Policy for Appropriate Use of UW-Madison Information Technology Resources.


There are 89 desktop workstations spread throughout the Ebling Library. From all workstations, you can access the internet, search a variety of databases and open/edit Microsoft Office applications. You may also view DVDs, listen to CDs and use mini USB hard drives.

InfoCommons Workstations
UW ID required

  • 72 iMacs - Dual Boot (Windows 7 or MacOS 10.10) - Individual Student Workstations

    21.5" Monitor; 2.7 GHz Intel Quad Core i5; 8GB RAM, 250 GB Solid State hard drive, Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB Graphics (1920 x 1080 resolution), SDXC Card Reader, 4 - USB 3.0 ports, 2 - Thunderbolt ports.

    available software

Public Access Workstations - 2nd floor
No UW ID required; limited software available

Public Access Workstations - 3rd floor
No UW ID required; limited software available

Other Equipment

We have a variety of equipment available for use within the InfoCommons (for services outside of the library, see HSLC Classroom/AV Services):

* = available for checkout

  • 50 Macbook Air - Dual Boot Laptops*
  • 5 iPads (4th Gen)* Health Sciences Patrons only

Audio/Video Equipment (details)

  • 8 Canon FS31 Digital Camcorders (Tripod checkout available) *
  • 1 Canon VIXIA HF11 High Def. Camcorder (Tripod checkout available)*
  • 1 Canon VIXIA HF R40 High Def. Camcorder (Tripod checkout available)*
  • 2 Casio XJ-A140 Projectors (1 Day Checkout Only)*
  • 2 Fujifilm FinePix AX200 (12 megapixel)*
  • 10 Zoom H2 Portable Recorder Microphones*

Miscellaneous Equipment

  • 3 Epson V500 Flatbed Scanners (slide/negative adpater available*)
  • 4 HP-P4015 Black & White Laser Printers
  • 1 Sharp MX2600N Color Laser Printer
  • VCR/TV carts (group study rooms)
  • Cassette players*
  • Laser pointer*
  • Headphones*
  • 2 Logitech USB Microphones *

Cables & Adapters

  • Network Ethernet Cables*
  • 12' VGA/Audio Cables*
  • Firewire Cable*
  • Power Adapters (Dell PA-10 90W)*
  • Power Adapter (Apple MagSafe 60W)*
  • Power Adapter (Lenovo 90W 20V)*
  • Power Adapter (HP 65W 18.5V)*
  • Power Adapter (Sony 19.5V)*
  • Power Outlet Strip (6' cord)*
  • Laptop Cable Locks*
  • Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA (Mac) Adapters*
  • Apple Mini DVI to VGA (Mac) Adapter*
  • Apple DVI to VGA Adapter*
  • Apple Lightning to USB Cables (w/ Power Adapters)*
  • Apple 30-pin to USB Cables (w/ Power Adapters)*
  • Apple 30-pin to VGA Adapter*
  • Apple Lightning to VGA Adpater*
  • Apple 30-pin Digital AV Adpater*
  • DVI to HDMI Cable (6')*
  • 3.5mm Audio Cable (4')*
  • HDMI Cable (6')*
  • Mini-B to USB Cable (4')*
  • Micro-B to USB Cable*
  • Micro-B Wall Charger (5V)*

USB Devices

  • Floppy Drives*
  • Flash Drive (4GB & 2GB) *
  • Memory Card Reader (HC)*
  • Mice*
  • Zip-Drive (100MB or 250MB)*
  • LaCie Slim DVD±RW *


The InfoCommons and Public Access computers offer a variety of desktop applications. Need something we don't have? Check for software available at other campus labs.

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Laptop Checkout

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50 MacBook Airs - Dual Boot (OSX or Windows 8.1) laptops are available for 3 day loan. Each unit comes equipped with basic productivity software.

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Checkout Policies

Please see the UW InfoLabs Equipment Checkout System website for a detailed description of campus-wide checkout policies.

  • There is quota of 20 laptop checkouts per patron, per semester
  • You must present your UW ID and another photo ID to checkout a laptop
  • Checkout is limited to 3 days
  • Items are checked out on a first come first serve basis, reservations are not available at Ebling.
  • Laptops must be returned to the Ebling Library Service Desk during regular library hours
  • Overdue fines are $20 per day
  • Patrons are responsible for any loss or damages to the laptop or accessories
  • Laptops cannot be renewed

Equipment Checkout

Video cameras and other equipment is available for 3 day checkout, unless otherwise specified..


  • 8 Canon FS31 Digital Camcorders (Tripod checkout available)
  • 1 Canon VIXIA HF11 High Def. Camcorder (Tripod checkout available)


  • 2 Casio XJ-A140 Projectors (1 Day Checkout Only)

Digital Camera

  • 2 Fujifilm FinePix AX200 (12 megapixel)

Cassette Players



Laser Pointer

Microphones (USB)

  • 10 Zoom H2 Portable Recorder Microphones

USB Devices

  • Floppy Drives
  • Flash Drive (4GB & 2GB)
  • Memory Card Reader (HC)
  • Mice
  • Zip-Drive (100MB or 250MB)
  • LaCie Slim DVD±RW 1 day checkout

Cables & Adapters

  • Network Ethernet Cables
  • 12' VGA/Audio Cables
  • Firewire Cable
  • Power Adapters (Dell PA-10 90W)
  • Power Adapter (Apple MagSafe 60W)
  • Power Adapter (Lenovo 90W 20V)
  • Power Adapter (HP 65W 18.5V)
  • Power Adapter (Sony 19.5V)
  • Power Outlet Strip (6' cord)
  • Laptop Cable Locks
  • Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA (Mac) Adapters
  • Apple Mini DVI to VGA (Mac) Adapter
  • Apple DVI to VGA Adapter
  • Apple Lightning to USB Cables (w/ Power Adapters)
  • Apple 30-pin to USB Cables (w/ Power Adapters)
  • Apple 30-pin to VGA Adapter
  • Apple Lightning to VGA Adpater
  • Apple 30-pin Digital AV Adpater
  • DVI to HDMI Cable (6')
  • 3.5mm Audio Cable (4')
  • HDMI Cable (6')
  • Mini-B to USB Cable (4')
  • Micro-B to USB Cable
  • Micro-B Wall Charger (5V)


Connecting to Wireless at Ebling Library:

Wi-Fi is available throughout the Ebling Library, and Health Sciences Learning Center building. The two available wireless networks are UWNet and eduroam.  These wireless networks should provide you with access to the same databases as the library workstations.

Connecting to UWNet as wireless choice and then opening a browser will prompt the Campus Wireless Options login page within your web browser. To finalize the connection to UWNet wireless requires, either a Guest Access request (public patrons), or UW NetID login.

Connecting to eduroam requires a UW NetID login using the full email address in the username field or similar credentials from a participating (eduroam) institution.

For more detailed information about these wireless choices see the HSLC - Wireless Choices knowledge base page.

Mobile Apps & Devices

Check out the Ebling Mobile Apps page for recommendations for health sciences apps and other resources.


Within the Ebling Library InfoCommons, there are two Copy Centers one on the 2nd floor HSLC, another on the 3rd floor.


2nd floor Copy Center Room 2031A (located at the end of the computer desks along the Atrium window)


UW-Madison InfoLabs GoPrint (B&W and Color printers)

Pay for print available to all UW Madison students.

SMPH Med School Printer (B&W only)

Account quota based, exclusive to Med, PA, & PT students.

3rd floor Copy Center Room 3332 (located past the top of the limestone staircase toward the right)


UW-Madison InfoLabs GoPrint (B&W only)
SMPH Med School Printer (B&W only)

UW-Madison Campus GoPrint

The UW-Madison InfoLabs GoPrint printers are available wirelessly, or from the iMac student workstations.  Jobs are sent to a release station computer, where they are queued and waiting, to be paid for (via NetID based, Wiscard account) and sent to the corresponding printer.  

When using the iMac student workstations, the printers should automatically be available, and will show as the following queue names:


INFOPR-B&W-HSLC on goprint.doit.wisc.edu (Windows or Mac)
INFOPR-Color2-HSLC on goprint.doit.wisc.edu (Windows only)


$.07 per page for Black and White
$.50 per page for Color

See the page below, for information on adding money to print from your Wiscard account.

GoPrint - Add Money to your Wiscard Account for Printing

SMPH Med School Printing

Med School Printing is a per semester printing quota only available to:

Medical students (years 1-4)
Physicians Assistant students (years 1-2)
Physical Therapy students  (years 1-2)

Fall semester quota (500 pages)
Spring semester quota (500 pages)
Summer semester quota (250 pages)

To access Med School Printing, students must log into one of the iMac Student Workstations.  If you are one of the above listed student groups, your NetID login should be recognized as being part of the group that has access to the Med School Printers. Printers should automatically map and become available to the computer.

Med School Printers are listed as the following:

MSP 3rd Floor on hslc-ps-info
MSP 3rd Floor on hslc-ps-info

See the pages below, for instructions on using your Med School Printing account.

Med School Printing using the Windows Operating System

Med School Printing using the Mac Operating System


Photocopying for UW-Madison Students, Faculty and Staff

  • Copying requires a Wiscard Print Account.
  • Money can be added to Wiscard Print Account online at go.wisc.edu/print.

Photocopying for Guests

  • Guest cards allow users to use the same Wiscard print accounts available to UW-affiliates at go.wisc.edu/cards.
  • Blank cards are available at the Ebling Service Desk. Money can be added to the card at go.wisc.edu/print or at Memorial Library's kiosk which is on 2nd floor across from the reference desk.


  • Black and white copying is $.10 per page.

Document Scanning

Scan and email articles or pages from books to your email account as a pdf document. This is a free service.


Copy Center Scanners

  • Both the upstairs and downstairs copy centers have a scanner which can send scans to e-mail, a usb flash drive or the black and white or color printer.

Help & Tips

  • Use a wisc.edu email account if possible.  Other accounts such as hotmail have storage problems with large PDF files.
  • Break a large number of originals into separate scan jobs so your files are not too large to open.
  • Check your email before you leave to see if the scan is there. Lost scans are NOT recoverable!

Fax Service

Fax Service

Have something to fax? Let us send it for you!

  • There is no charge for the fax transmission service
  • Service is available for sending only
  • We can fax items nationwide only (sorry, no international faxes)
  • Please inquire at the Ebling Library Service desk

Contact Us

Computer Training Lab (Rm. 2121)

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Questions? Contact Marie Koch (2-5993)

We will respond within 24 hours M-F (weekends and holidays excluded).

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Page last updated: July 23, 2018
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