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Learning Commons

Learning Commons

The Learning Commons, located on the main floor of Collins Memorial Library,  is a place where University of Puget Sound students, faculty, staff and affiliated users may access information, research a topic, and learn, using current technology and the help of knowledgeable library staff.  

Library Computing

16  Windows workstations are located in the Learning Commons.

  • Computers #28 and #29 are equipped with disk drives.

Software programs and applications on the Learning Commons PCs:

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • SPSS
  • Available via vDesk
    • ArcGIS
    • Chem Office
    • Logger Pro
    • MatLab
    • Minitab
    • PHREEQC Interactive
    • Python
    • RStudio
    • Spartan Student
    • Wolfram Mathematica


What is vDesk?

Puget Sound's virtual desktop, vDesk, provides anytime, anywhere access to a wide range of software and tools, including  discipline-specific applications such as Mathematica.

How do I access vDesk?

Using an internet browser, go to and login using your Puget Sound credentials. 

Click here for information on how to vDesk


For immediate assistance, contact library staff at the Information or Circulation desks.

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