Common-Use Computer Facilities and E-Mail

There are 30 dual boot (OSX Mojave / Windows 10) iMac computers at the Friday Harbor Laboratories. The UW STF funded Computer Lab features 18 high performance 21″ iMac computers and 4 27″ 3D modeling, visualization and large data processing iMac stations. These are available for common use by students or researchers in three locations:

  • Computer Lab
  • FHL Library
  • Lecture Hall

All of these computers have access to networked black-and-white postscript printers. Due to the high cost of operating the printers, visitors are charged for their use (10 cents per black-and-white and 25 cents per color page).

Flash drives, writeable DVDs and CDs can be purchased in our stockroom. Digital cameras, video projectors, and two scanners are also available. Some computers can perform video capture with available firewire or USB adapters.

Software installed on the common use computers include Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, open source tools and various imaging/analysis programs.

FHL is linked to the Internet via a K-20 1Gb/s fiber optic line that is tied into the main campus network at the UW. All buildings including housing units have wireless access. Ethernet connections are available in nearly all lab buildings.

Technical support is provided by IT professionals who are available during business hours (M-F, 8-5).  We offer limited support for our visitors free of charge but for more than one hour of assistance, we will charge a fee.  Contact the FHL IT team ( for more information.

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