The Otto G. Richter Library has two Information Commons areas with sophisticated learning software and access to online library resources. The first floor Information Commons has 166 Dell Optiplex Pentium workstations suitable for individual and collaborative work for small groups. The second floor Information Commons has 12 Dell Optiplex Pentium workstations for quiet, individual research and study.


  • 745 Pentium Quad Core 2.40 GHZ, 3GB RAM
    with DVD/CD-RW, 1.44 MB 3.5 Floppy Drive
  • 755 Pentium Quad Core 2.40 GHZ, 3GB RAM
    with DVD/CD-RW, 1.44 MB 3.5 Floppy Drive
  • UPrint RICOH AFICIO SP9100 DN, C6000
  • Canon Color 8600 Scanners


  • MS Word 2007
  • MS Excel 2007
  • MS Access 2007
  • MS Powerpoint 2007
  • MS Project
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.0.7
  • MS Internet Explorer 7.0
  • MS Publisher 2007
  • MS Infopath 2007
  • Java
  • Powerterm
  • Refworks
  • SciFinder Scholar
  • Win FTP
  • LE Winzip
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Omnipage
  • Adobe Photoshop on scanner pc’s
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional on scanner pc’s
  • UMLIBRARIES – LIBX Toolbar & Conduit Toolbar

The Information Commons is also home to Digital Media Services. Digital Media Services (DMS) offers expert support for a variety of digital media projects, including web development, image creation/editing, and audio/video editing. DMS is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations are required.

The Information Commons is part of the Uprint system. There are 9 RICOH AFICIO SP9100DN black and white printers and 3 RICOH AFICIO C6000 color/scan/email machines on the first floor of the Information Commons and 1 RICOH AFICIO C6000 color/scan/email machine on the second floor.

There are 9 Dell Optiplex Pentium computer stations dedicated to scanning located on the first floor in the Information Commons. These have CANON Canosoft 8600f scanners and Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat Professional and OmniPage Pro installed to work with digital images and digitizing written work.

There are 12 standup computer stations located on the first floor that allow access to the University of Miami Libraries’ Catalog. There are also 4 computer stations in the stacks located on floors 4, 5, 6, and 7.