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Computer Labs

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Overview

Mercer County Community College maintains approximate 45 computer labs for student use. About 35 are on the West Windsor campus, while 10 are at the Kerney Center.

These labs house nearly 1200 PCs and Macintoshes -- about 900 at the West Windsor Campus and about 250 at the James Kerney Campus.

Most labs are associated with courses. That is, a student will enroll in a course that has a lab component where computers will be used to meet the educational goals of that course. Students attend lab at regularly scheduled times as part of the course.

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Open Labs

The library at the West Windsor campus and the Learning Center at the James Kerney campus are the homes of our open labs. The PCs in those labs have access to a wide variety of programs and services, and can be used by any student or member of the community on a space-available basis during regular Library and Learning Center hours.

Open Lab schedule

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Open Labs for Specific Courses

Certain labs at West Windsor are configured with special hardware and/or software to meet the goals of certain of our programs. These rooms serve only Macintosh users, and graphic arts and CAD students. Because this hardware/software is not widely available, the college offers additional "open" hours in some of these labs. The rooms involved are:

  • ES Building
    • 122
    • 126 (open lab) Visual Arts students
    • 130 (open lab) Visual Arts students
    • 131 (open lab) Visual Arts students
    • 133
    • 134
  • ET Building
    • 212 (open lab) CAD students
  • MS Building
    • 211 (open lab) Science/Allied Health students

Internet access is generally not available from these labs, and general purpose software is generally not available.

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General Purpose Labs

The other labs at MCCC are general purpose computer labs and are used for instruction.

NOTE: A student may attend a general purpose lab while it is being used for instruction if space is available and if the course instructor agrees.

If you need extra lab time for your assignments, locate the labs that have the hardware and software you need to use. Identify yourself to the instructor, preferably at the beginning of the lab period, and ask if you can use a computer.

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Legal Sources of Online Content

The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires all colleges and universities to offer legal alternatives to unauthorized downloading. The list at the bottom of this page includes all of the legitimate online services we're aware of. No endorsement or evaluation is intended.

Note: Some of the sites listed provide some or all content at no charge; they are funded by advertising or represent artists who want their material distributed for free, or for other reasons. Just because content is free doesn't mean it's illegal. On the other hand, you may find websites offering to sell content which are not on the list below. Just because content is not free doesn't mean it's legal.

Books: In addition to music and movies, the Internet is being used for the unauthorized distribution of books, including textbooks. For legal sources of electronic versions of textbooks and other written works, see this web page from the Association of American Publishers.

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