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Academic Technology Launchpad for Students: Computer Labs

Quick Guide to computer and academic technology resources for students.

Library Computer Labs

Each of our Madison Area Technical College Libraries includes a computer lab for student use where you can easily get help with your computer or research questions from our helpful library staff.

  • Phone:  (608) 243-4444   Toll Free: (866) 277-4445
  • Contact Student Computer Help email form
  • Come see us in the library at any of the Madison Area Technical College campuses. Library staff can help provide assistance and contact the help desks if needed.

The Truax Library includes the largest open computer lab on campus, with a variety of technologies available for student use during library open hours:

  • Approximately 75 PCs with virtual desktop accesss. and 9 MACs  
  • Laptops, e-readersipads and other devices are also available for student use, most are for use in the library only.
  • 3 laser printers
  • Scanners
  • Wireless network access, flexible seating options, large monitors, and convenient electrical outlets.
  • Get help with your computer or research questions from our helpful library staff at Student Computer Help  and Library Reference Desk.
  • Headphones, USB drives, camera card readers, headsets, and a variety of multimedia equipment is available for use in the library.
  • Multimedia/Group Study Rooms are available for student use. Reservations recommended - Book a multimedia group study room online.

 To check availability of software and hardware throughout the college and locations of computer labs, call the Technology Services Help Desk at (608) 246-6666.

Student Computer Help is located in the Truax campus library, Rm. A3000, along with the main campus computer lab. Library staff are available to help you in person, by phone or by email with your technology and computer related questions during library open hours. After hours you are welcome to leave us a phone message or email and we will respond as soon as possible during our open hours.

College Labs

truax computer lab

All campus libraries have open computer labs.

Check with your instructor, campus or department for hours and locations of other open labs. 

Computers are also available for student use in hallways and other open areas on-campus during building open hours. 

Most classroom labs have classes scheduled and generally are not available for individual use.

Saving your work using campus computers

Save early - Save often - and Check where you are Saving!

Do not save to the hard drive or desktop of a campus computer. Your work will not be saved. 

You can save to a USB drive or to your Home Directory / H Drive

Always check where your work is being saved. Use File-Save As...  If you open a document from email, blackboard or a webpage, it may automatically save to a temporary location and the file will be deleted when you log off.  

Save early- As soon as you start a document, save it.

Save often - Maybe every paragraph or so. 

Backup - email a copy to yourself or save in a couple locations.  

Tip: Protect your important data by making copies on 2 different types of media, 1 of which is in a remote location such as your Home Directory network storage.