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FAQ: Woodbridge Computer Lab

Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to learn more about the OCL workshops.
Who can use the computer lab?
How do I log in to the lab computers?
How do I print?
Is the test pass free to print?
How do I scan?
Can I fax at the OCL?
Can the Lab Assistant help me with my project/assignment?
What software do the lab computers have?
I cannot find the software that I am looking for at the lab computers.
Can I download/install software on the lab computers?
I have a software question.
Should I bring my own data storage media?
Are there other labs on campus?


I would like to learn more about the OCL workshops.
OCL offers free ITworkshops for all NOVA students. The workshops are one-on-one and the OCL staff will work with your schedule to find a time convenient for you to conduct the workshop. Please view the workshops for more details and to view the workshop catalog.

Who can use the computer lab?

  • All NOVA students, faculty and staff with active class enrollments or working status.
  • NOVA Alumni who don’t have an active account won’t be able to log on to computers.
  • Students who want to submit their admission application online.

How do I log in to the lab computers?
You can log in to the lab computers with your myNOVA account username and password.
To sign in to the Macs, please enter directory\ before your username. (ex. directory\aa1234)

How do I print?
In order to print at the OCL, students are required to use their NOVA ID card or a Guest Card (can be purchased at the OCL/library using the CSVT machine).
Printing cost is $.12/page ($.18 double sided) for black and white printer and $.30/page ($.40 double sided) for color printer.
Passes for exams taken at Testing Center (Room 436) can be printed at the computer lab for free.
Click here to view the printing steps.

Is the test pass free to print?
Yes, test passes are free to print at the OCL and you will use the computer located at the front desk to print your pass.

How do I scan?
Click here to view instructions on how to scan a document at the OCL.

Can I fax at the OCL?
OCL does not have a fax machine at this time.

Can the Lab Assistant help me with my project?
Lab personnel can help students with technical problems related to equipment or programs, but not with school assignments. Students may need to contact their professor or the Tutoring Center for further instructions.

What software do the lab computers have?
Please contact us to find out what software is available at the OCL.

I cannot find the software that I am looking for at the lab computers.
If the software that you are looking for is not installed at the OCL, please have your instructor contact the OCL staff to request the software to be installed on the lab computers.

Can I download/install software on the lab computers?
Students are not allowed to download/install any software on the lab computers. If it is a software required for your class, please have your instructor contact the OCL staff to request the software to be installed on the lab computers.

I have a software question.
Please visit the IT Tutorials page for instructions on specific software.

Should I bring my own data storage media?
Yes. We strongly recommend that students save their work on their own storage media or attach the files to their email. Users are strongly advised not to save any files to the lab computers since all stored files are deleted from the lab computers on a regular bases.

Are there other labs on campus?
There is only one open computer lab R 336 at Woodbridge Campus. However, there are computers for students to use in the old cafeteria and at the library.

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