Although most students have their own computers, many use the campus machines to do projects, use expensive software, or write a paper, and finding a computer on campus is rarely a problem. There are more than 20 computer labs that are rarely overcrowded, and The Commons has three laptops that are always on and connected to the Internet for anyone to use during the day. When finals and midterms roll around, the computers in the library and the 24-hour lab tend to fill up, but you can still find an available computer. Most labs are also classrooms that professors and student groups can schedule in advance, and if there is not a class in session (the schedules are posted outside each lab), it is available for anyone to use. Most UMBC computers have a dual-boot system, and students can choose to either use Linux or Windows XP. Macintosh computers are also available on campus, and Microsoft Office Suite, web software, and other department-specific programs are found in all labs.
Aside from the wide availability of computer labs, technical support is available from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. during the week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The technical support workers are always attentive and glad to help whenever any problems occur. The few times they cannot help are when the system overloads during midterm or final times. But, in general, when it comes to computers at UMBC, there is always technical support available, and the large quantity of labs around campus make it possible for all students to access a necessary machine or software program whenever needed.