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Penn Libraries Virtual Computer Lab: About vLab

The Penn Libraries have deployed a virtual computer lab (vLab) for students to access software applications normally accessible in Library computer labs. Software includes in-demand titles that students can’t easily access by other means.

Registration is required to access the vLab.  Users need to have an active Penn Student, Staff or Faculty affiliation.

When connected to the virtual lab you will be running a Windows 10 PC that works much like an on-campus lab computer.

Click the "Register tab" or use this link to request access(You will usually hear back within one business day.)

Access information

Saving your work

You need to save your work by uploading to Google Drive, Canvas or whatever cloud-based storage you normally use.

Each time you log in, you get a brand new session. You will not be able to pick up where you left off or leave your work saved on the vLab computer.


For assistance with the Libraries virtual lab (vLab) please contact the Library Helpdesk at 

Installed software

  • ArcGIS Pro 3.1
  • Matlab R2023a
  • SPSS 29
  • Stata/SE 18
  • Microsoft Office Applications
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Google Chrome
  • NVivo 14
  • JMP Pro 17
  • SAS 9.4
  • R 4.3.1
  • RStudio 2023
  • Mathematica 13.3
  • Maple 2023
  • EndNote 21

Other Penn vLabs

Looking for specialized software? Need software for a course? Some Penn schools host their own virtual computer labs for their faculty, staff, and students.

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