Category Archives: Computers

Laptops at the Library

Brown Library no longer offers laptops for off-campus circulation. We have four laptops available for two-hour, in-library use only. The laptops come equipped with Microsoft Office Suite 2007 and WiFi capabilities. Additional information about checking out a laptop can be found on the library’s Technology page or by calling the Circulation Desk at 540-857-6941.

—Faith Janney, Circulation Manager


Ok we admit it. The library has had a little crush on technology lately. Maybe you’ve noticed some changes since we reopened the Main Floor…

For example, two of our new study rooms (B106, B107) have videoconferencing capabilities, and all five are equipped with media:scape technology.  What can you do with this? Well, it’s great for group projects. Up to four or six people can hook up their laptops or iPads and then project their screen to the big TV in the room. This makes it easy for all group members to view and collaborate on a project. Perfect for a PowerPoint presentation. You can also switch back and forth, showing one person’s screen and then someone else’s. Neat, huh?

Speaking of iPads, why not check one out and see what all the fuss is about? Current students only (and faculty and staff) are welcome to check out an iPad for two hours at a time, to be used within the library. Close to 200 apps are currently loaded and ready to go, including Blackboard, math and science video tutorials, a medical abbreviations app, Art Authority (with over 55,000 different paintings and sculptures), Evernote, Adobe Photoshop Express, The White House’s official app, Living Language (in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Chinese), multiple eReaders, and shortcuts to both Virginia Western’s and the library’s websites. These are just a few of the incredible apps we have available. For more information on how to check out an iPad, ask us at the Reference or Circulation desks, or take a look at our Technology Circulation page. We look forward to seeing you soon!




Library’s Main Floor Closed for Renovation

The Brown Library’s main floor is closing as of Tuesday, March 1.   Library computers will not be available March 1 and 2.   For computer use, please go to the lab on the bottom floor of the library building (across the hall from the Learning Technology Center) or go to the lab in the Business Science Building, room M302.   Lab hours are posted here.

The computers should be available on the top floor of the library later this week.  Please visit the top floor of the library for books, periodicals, study spaces, and so much more!

How Do I Get to the Top Floor of the Library?

The main entrance to the library will not be available.   Please use the stairs at the east side of the building and walk up to the top floor, or use the elevator at the west side of building and press the button for level “2.”

Hot Topic: Electronic & Social Media at Brown

Come to the library on Wednesday and find out more about our e-books, virtual reference chat, the blog and Facebook page, and other social media endeavors.

  • When: Wednesday, March 24th, 1:00pm
  • Where: Library Classroom, Top Floor of Brown
  • Facilitators: Laura Milliman and Kalyca Schultz

Due to a 24-seat limit in the classroom, pre-registration for this Hot Topic is required. Let us know you’re coming by calling Desiree Frye at 540-857-7583.

Questions about Software?

The library has had a few students inquire recently about getting free software, such as MS Office. Unfortunately, there is no free software available for students at this time from the Brown Library. The only software the library has license to lend is for VWCC faculty and staff. We do, however, have laptops available for check-out to students, which come loaded with MS Office Suite.

Did you know you can download the latest Symantec Anti-Virus for free from Blackboard? Absolutely you can! Easily keep your computer virus-free by downloading it at your convenience by accessing it on the main VWCC page of Blackboard. Also available to faculty, staff, AND students is the JourneyEd store, which you can access under the “Student Connect” tab on Blackboard. JourneyEd has teamed up with the Virginia Community College System to provide the opportunity to purchase heavily discounted software. The campus bookstore also provides the opportunity to purchase software here.


And don’t forget—some of your professors may have put articles, a textbook, or a CD or DVD on reserve for a specific class. Anything a professor has put on reserve is available to students on the top floor of the library. Most things must be used within the library only, but there are certain items which are allowed to be checked out for a limited time period. To find out if there are reserve items available for your classes, check our list here.