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About the "IC"

The Information Commons (or "IC") offers both reference and technical support for students, staff and faculty of the university. 

  • Reference Librarians are available to help with PacifiCat, the electronic catalog, as well as online databases and journals.  Visit them in person or chat with them online!
  • IC Assistants are available during library open hours to help with technical support questions.

This guide describes computing and printing solutions available to Pacific's students, staff and faculty in the Information Commons.


Computer Use

Computers are available to current students, staff and faculty of the University.  To login, simply use your PacificNet ID & password.

Forgot your login information?

New students: Go to and go to "Admitted Students - click here for assistance logging in."

Returning students: Go to

Don't remember your security questions?  Visit the Office of Information Technology, located at the Raymond Great Hall (see "G4" on the map).  Remember to bring your picture ID!


Available Software - Windows XP

The following software is available in the Information Commons, Classrooms, Group Study Rooms & library laptops, unless specified otherwise.

Microsoft Office 2007 Pro Plus

  • includes Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word

Disc Creation Software

  • Roxio Creator 9.0 DE (available in IC & laptops)

Geographic Software

  • Google Earth (available in IC & laptops)

Instant Messaging 

  (available in IC & laptops)

  • AIM 
  • Yahoo Messenger 
  • Windows Live Messenger

Media Players

  • iTunes w/Quicktime
  • Real Player 
  • Windows Media Player 11
  • Cyberlink PowerDVD (DVD viewing available in IC, Classroom 1 & laptops)

PDF Software

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • PDF Creator
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.0 (available on scanner workstations)

Social Networking Software

  • Second Life (available in IC & laptops)

Web Browsers

  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox


  • PASW 18 (aka SPSS)
  • SciFinder Scholar 2007
  • Write-N-Cite
  • Windows Journal Viewer
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 (available on scanner workstations)
  • Capital IQ (access available on select computers - see "Map of Specialized Software" below)
  • Matlab, Minitab, Maple (available on select computers - see "Map of Specialized Software" below)
  • Media software available in our Multimedia Studio.

Available Software - Mac OS

iWork 2009

  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Keynote

iLife 2009

  • iMovie
  • iPhoto
  • iDVD
  • iWeb
  • GarageBand

Microsoft Office 2008

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint

Web Browsers

  • Safari
  • Mozilla Firefox


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Debbie Johnston

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