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.

Check Available Laptops

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.


Recommendations from the School of Medicine & Public Health

The UW School Of Medicine & Public Health recommends that students acquire a smartphone or tablet sometime during their second year. Many hospital residents and practicing physicians now use smartphones and tablets on a routine basis as an important resource for class schedules, patient care information and for data management and reference.

  • If you have questions about purchasing a smartphone or tablet, or what software is available, please contact Adrian Gay.
  • For additional information about mobile devices and apps, see our mobiles portal.

Recommended Software

Below is a list of recommended software, some of it will be an important part of your clinical years and used frequently, others will be reference, calculators, schedules, etc.

Clinical Key iPhone/iTouch compatibleandroid
A clinical search engine designed to support physicians and nurses in their clinical decision making. ClinicalKey offers over 2,000 disease topic pages with easy access to information about epidemiology, risk factors, clinical manifestations, treatments and more, as well as links to specialty-specific answers and related drugs.

EpocratesRx (Free Version) iPhone/iTouch compatible android
Free mobile drug and formulary reference. Available for iPhone/iPad, and Android.

EpocratesEssentials  iPhone/iTouch compatible android
Integrated drug, disease, and diagnostic suite for mobile devices. Available for iPhone/iPad, and Android.

Essential Evidence Plus for Mobile Devices
A powerful electronic resource packed with all of the medical evidence you need to make critical patient care decisions. Essential Evidence Plus features must-have content, tools, calculators, and daily email alerts for clinicians who deliver first-contact care.

Micromedex® (mobileMicromedex®) iPhone/iTouch compatible android
Access to evidence-based referential content for medication management, disease and condition management, toxicology, and patient education. Available for iPhone/iPad, and Android.

UpToDate iPhone/iTouch compatible android Windows Phone 8
UpToDate is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource which clinicians trust to make the right point-of-care decisions.

Recommended Devices

iPod Touch (4th gen.)
iPhone 4 (or newer)
iPad (any)

The SMPH recommends and supports iOS ( iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad) devices.

Many of the medical programs needed are also available for Google Android & Windows Phone 8 platforms.android windows mobile

SMPH Security Guidelines

  • In the interests of adhering to HIPAA rules, if you use your smartphone or tablet to keep track of patient information you are expected to password protect the device.
  • Password protection should always be active and set for 5 minutes or less. Your smartphone or tablet should be set to turn off automatically within three minutes or less.
  • Synchronization of sensitive smartphone or tablet information with home computers. Please be cognizant when synchronizing patient and staff-related data on home computers.
  • Home Cable, DSL, and/or LAN users should have a Firewall security protection installed on their home computers.
  • Home computer users who have sensitive data on their smartphone or tablet are responsible for ensuring that the data is secure. Transfer of a home computer or smartphone or tablet to another person necessitates erasing of all patient and staff-related data.


Third Floor Printers


Scan documents or pages from books. This is a free service.

The lower-floor copy center has a scanner which can send color scans to e-mail, a usb flash drive or the black and white or color printer. The upper floor copy center has a scanner which can send color scans to email.

Wireless Printing

wireless printing

Getting Started

Mac OS 10.5 mac
Windows Vista windows os
Windows XP windows os
server name
queue name
Service Desk A BW
entry level
Service Desk B B W entry level \\libgoprint.library.wisc.edu EHSL-B-HP4350N libprint\pr1nt.m3
InfoCommons BW entry level \\goprint.doit.wisc.edu B&W_Queue_HSLC labprint\pr1ntStuff
InfoCommons C O L O R entry level \\goprint.doit.wisc.edu Color_Queue_HSLC labprint\pr1ntStuff
3rd Floor BW upper level \\libgoprint.library.wisc.edu EHSL3RD_HP4100N libprint\pr1nt.m3

Medical School Printing

med student printing

This service is only available to the following students:

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

  • You must first set up your account (stop by service desk)
  • Access printing menu from desktop shortcut on InfoCommons workstations (NOT available from public workstations)
  • 500 page quota per fall & spring semesters
  • 250 page quota summer semester


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

  • Each of the 4 copy centers in the library is equipped with a scanner (no color in 3110A).

Collaborative (Triplex Desks) Scanners

  • 4 - Epson V500 flat bed scanners.
  • These will scan in color, allow changes in resolution, and save in various file formats (.bmp, .tiff, .jpeg, .pdf, etc.)

Help & Tips

  • Step-by-Step Instructionsare located above each scanner in the copy centers.
  • 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

Group Study Rooms

Note: Group study rooms will not be available during construction. As an alternative, consider using the Historical Reading Room, room 3302, for quiet study space.

Contact Us

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Questions? Contact Marie Koch (2-5993)

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Page last updated: December 20, 2017
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