Answered By: Anne Marie Gruber
Last Updated: Jul 07, 2020     Views: 223

Rod Library computers are available for public during building hours.

Laptops/devices: See this UNI IT webpage for instructions to request a first-come, first-served laptop you may take home. Rod Library's 3-hour laptops have now been transitioned to long-term laptops and are checked out through IT.

For technical support for UNI laptops or questions about the return procedure, contact UNI IT directly via (includes live chat), email ticket via, or via phone at (319) 273-5555.

Your local public library also has computer access in their building, as well as printing (sometimes for a small fee). Contact them directly for information and note that some public libraries are closed.

WiFi: UNI has increased WiFi, including a drive-up option. See details at:

Your local public library may offer WiFi access. Again, contact them directly for information. Public libraries across the U.S. have been asked to boost their WiFi signals to extend to parking lots, so that may be possible in some locations.

Iowa State University Extension offices in each of Iowa's 99 counties have high-speed internet. Contact them directly to determine usage privileges, hours, drive-up WiFi availability, etc.

If you live near another academic institution, you may be able to access their campus guest WiFi or use Eduroam if it is an Eduroam campus like UNI (see list below). Campuses that don't use Eduroam will differ in what, if any, wifi they offer for guests.

A smartphone may also be able to serve as a wireless hotspot. Note that charges may apply if you do not have unlimited data. Contact your plan carrier for more information.

For a list of possible service providers with discounts, see

Printing: At this time, campus printing options are limited. If printing is essential, consider using:

  • Gilchrist 2nd floor lobby kiosks during business hours
  • ROTH and Panther Village computer labs for residents of each.
  • Off-campus options such as Cedar Falls Public Library (curbside printing available) and Copyworks. Call ahead to confirm open status/hours/procedures.

Other: There are a number of tools to make remote work easier, including scanning apps such as Genius Scan (creates pdfs with a smartphone) and speech-to-text software for phones and/or computers (see list below). Zoom video conference also has an app as well as a phone-only call-in option for live meetings. See UNI IT with any questions about particular software needs.


(Instructors: Per March 24 Office of University Relations email--Please note that includes information about "low bandwidth teaching". See also resources from the Center for Excellence on Teaching & Learning, CETL. Instructors are also asked to provide alternative methods for students to receive class materials and to complete assignments if they are unable to access the technology you have identified for your online course design. **All faculty are asked to notify Dean of Students staff via this online form of individual students who have expressed concerns or difficulty with their access to technology, even if you have already accommodated their needs in your course.**)