SFU students, faculty, and staff are welcome to virtually access computers physically located in either the W.A.C. Bennett Library labs (SFU Burnaby) or the Fraser Library (SFU Surrey), and the software on those computers as part of remote services provided by the Library during COVID-19.
See Computer labs: Off campus to access computers in labs located on the Burnaby, Surrey, and Vancouver SFU campuses outside of the Burnaby Library.
How to connect
1. Install Remote Desktop Connection on your computer
2. Go the the Computer Lab Dashboard
In your web browser, go to SFU's Computer Lab Dashboard.
Do NOT bookmark or save this address as it will change frequently.
3. Check available computers at the W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby) or the Fraser Library (SFU Surrey)
Click on the BBY Library IC or SRY Library link to see which computers are available in either the Bennett or Fraser Library's virtual lab.
4. Choose an available computer
Make sure the computer you are about to sign into shows as Available for sign in.Note: You may only sign into Windows PCs. Mac workstations are not currently available.
5. (optional) View the software or applications that are installed on an available computer.
Click on the name of the computer (for example: lib3000-ic04) to see the list of applications installed on that computer.
6. Connect to your chosen computer
Click on the Connect button under the Address column.
7. Click "OK" for the RDP pop up windowDo NOT click on "Save File" -- the downloaded .rdp file will not be re-usable after your current session.
8. Start the connection to the remote computer
9. Sign in with your SFU username and password
Enter your SFU username and password when prompted using this format:
username: adsfu\your computer id
for example: adsfu\jdoe
password: enter your SFU password
10. Choose to connect
11. Agree to SFU policies
Choose OK to acknowledge that your computing session will adhere to SFU policies.
12. Use the Remote Desktop
You should now be connected!
Save your work to Vault or another space
Remember to save your work frequently. Save your work in SFU Vault or a space of your choice.
Do not save your work to the Library's remote desktop computer. Work saved to the remote desktop computer will be deleted.
Three hour limit and automatic sign off
Warning: Your Remote Desktop Connection session will time out and you will be logged off or signed off automatically after three hours of continuous use to allow other students to sign in.
Inactive sessions automatically sign off after thirty minutes
After 30 minutes of inactivity you will be automatically signed out of your remote desktop session and your unsaved work will be lost.
When you finish your work, be sure to sign out
If you do not sign out (or are not automatically signed off), other students will need to wait.
To sign out for Windows and Mac computers
- Click on the Windows button
- Right click on your user name
- Sign out
If you accidentally close the remote desktop window without signing out (for example, you close the remote desktop window), you have up to 30 minutes to connect back to your remote desktop session without losing your unsaved work.