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Academic Technology Launchpad: Computer Labs

Quick Guide to computer and academic technology resources for students.

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College Open 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.

Open Computer Labs at each of our Libraries

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 additional support if needed

Truax Library

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 

  • Truax campus library, Rm. A3000
  • 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, leave us a phone message or email, and we will respond as soon as possible during our open hours.

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. 

Computer Hardware