Computing in the Libraries
The campus has moved to a print management system, PrintSmart.
Over ten million pages were printed in campus computer labs last year -- the equivalent of 1,200 trees!
PrintSmart will allow each student to have a generous quota of free prints in the computer labs, and will ensure that student technology fees do not go towards an unreasonable number of prints by a small group of users.
Student, faculty, and staff will receive a free quota of $35 per semester, the equivalent of:
- 700 black and white single-sided pages (at 5 cents a page)
- 438 black and white double-sided pages (at 8 cents a page)
- 175 color pages (at 20 cents a page)
If you have exceeded your quota, you will be prompted to pay at the printer with your University ID card and Razorbuck$. You will be able to check your quota at any time at https://printsmart.uark.edu.
Visitors and Community Borrowers will need to purchase a guest copy card to print. The guest copy cards allow for printing to be charged to Razorbuck$ in the same way that copying is purchased now.
The Razorbuck$ Value Transfer Station located in
the Periodicals copy room is available to
purchase an initial guest copy card or to add value to
an existing card. $1, $5, $10, & $20 bills can be inserted to add value to guest copy cards.
For assistance with printing, please ask for help at the Service Desk.
The Research Commons GACL (General Access Computing Lab) in Mullins Library was reconfigured during summer 2010 to offer more computing, study, and collaborative space. The Research Commons GACL now offers 130 computing stations, including 6 27" iMacs and 8 scanning stations. Two additional printing stations save long walks from workstations. A new, quiet lab in the Periodicals Room offers space for individual work, while new, larger collaborative stations in the main area can accommodate study groups and research teams. Comfy chairs offer power and wired campus connections.
Current students, faculty, and staff may log in to GACL computers with their UARK login and password. Reference librarians may log on guests who present a government-issued photo-ID when workstations are available. More about guest access.
Lab Operators and Reference Librarians are available to help with technical and research questions.
More information about campus GACLs can be found on the ITS web site.
The campus wireless network is changing. Mullins Library now offers two options for wireless connections:
- UA Wireless
Open to all after inputting an email address.
This connection is the default service that your device will usually attempt to access first.
The UA Wireless service allows most web browsing activities. May not support some specialized services such as SSH, FTP, etc.
- UA Secure
Open only to to current UARK students, faculty, and staff with their UARK username and password.
Provides improved security and protection for users and the university, as well as unlimited access to online services.
Read the connection instructions for UA Secure.
Some parts of campus still use the older UA-WLAN wireless service. Set up instructions for UA-WLAN can be found on the UITS web site.
Mullins Library offers public network drops on levels 2, 3, and 4. Publicly accessible network ports allow members of the University community to access the campus network using network-capable laptops and portable devices. Maps of public network drops in Mullins Library, as well as instructions for connecting, are available on the UITS web site.
Specialized workstations and software are available in several departments and branches:
- UofA students, faculty, and staff can connect their laptops to the campus wireless network in the Chemistry / Biochemistry and Physics Libraries.
- Music research tools are available in Performing Arts and Media
- Adaptive technology for the visually impaired is available in Performing Arts and Media as well as the Research Commons / GACL
- CD-ROM databases and a GIS (geographic information systems) workstation are available on a designated workstation in the Reference area
- Microfilm scanning software in the Lindley and Kaneaster Hodges Jr. Periodicals Reading Room
- A small portable scanner is available for use in Special Collections; scanners are also available in the Research Commons / GACL
- A scanning workstation for the use of art and architecture materials in the Fine Arts Library
- Two color printers are available in the Research Commons / GACL
The University of Arkansas Libraries support the University’s mission of teaching and research, and remind library users that the computers of the University Libraries are made available to support these academic functions. The following policy applies to the use of computing equipment within the Libraries and supplements the University’s Code of Computing Practices.
Use of the Libraries’ computing resources is a privilege that depends on patrons using these resources in compliance with the policies of the University and the Libraries, and with all applicable laws governing privacy and usage.
Priority in Use of Computing Work Stations
- In University Libraries and general-access computer labs, priority shall be given to users engaged in activities directly related to the University's mission (e.g., completing course assignments or engaging in research). Use of the Libraries’ computing resources for academic pursuits takes precedence over non-academic use (e.g., recreational e-mail, Internet surfing, chat, or games).
- Use of the University Libraries’ computer workstations for non-academic work is not permitted when others are waiting to use the equipment. Therefore, the staff of the Libraries may ask you to limit or curtail non-academic usage during peak hours or periods of heavy demand.
- The Libraries strive to serve all patrons in a courteous, equitable manner. However, when the demand by the faculty, staff, and students of the University—its primary clientele—for computers in the Libraries exceeds the supply, the Libraries reserve the right to ask non-affiliated patrons to relinquish the use of a workstation.
- Access to computers is limited to individuals who are 16 or older. Verification of age may be required.
- A government-issued photo ID is required to use computers with a guest login.
- Guest access to computers is not provided after midnight.
In the event of individual non-compliance with these or any of the Code of Computing Practices, University Libraries’ staff may (1) formally or informally discuss the matter with the offending party, (2) temporarily revoke or suspend access privileges, or (3) refer the matter to the appropriate disciplinary authority. Any violation of this code is misconduct for purposes of the student code of conduct, the law student code of conduct, and University personnel policies, and may be punished accordingly. Any offense that violates local, state, or federal laws may result in the immediate loss of all University computing and network privileges and may be referred to the appropriate University disciplinary authority and/or law enforcement agencies.
Most electronic databases and journals are licensed by the University Libraries for the use of current University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, students, faculty, and staff only.
Researchers and community members who are not current UofA students, faculty, or staff are welcome to use most databases and electronic journals while in the library, but they may not access these resources remotely. Certain further restrictions and fees apply to some databases.
All users of library databases and electronic journals should remember that these materials are copyrighted. Fair use provisions of U.S. Copyright Law permit reproduction of single copies of copyrighted material for personal, non-commercial and private use. Publication, redistribution, transmission, or resale of articles, images or other content from electronic databases or journals would not be considered fair use. In addition, fair use guidelines address the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted material as a whole. Electronic archiving of entire journal issues or volumes would not be considered fair use.