Using MDL Lab Computers via Remote Desktop

The computers in the Map & Data Library computer lab (on the fifth floor of Robarts Library) are now open for use via remote desktop. This means that computers with statistical, GIS, and data visualization software are now accessible from your home.

Software Available

Here is a list of software currently installed on the MDL Computer Lab workstations.


Please follow the instructions here:

Be sure to follow steps 1 & 2 in the instructions, since you will need to use the University of Toronto VPN to access our computers. Once you have completed steps 1 and 2, click on Reserve a Computer. Enter your UTORid, then Pool. Pick "Map and Data Library Instruction Lab". 

If you are on a Mac, you can download Windows Remote Desktop from the App Store.

Once you are all done, please remember to click on the Start Menu and Log Out. 


If you run into problems, please first consult this list of Frequently Asked Questions.

If your question is not answered, feel free to use our help form to contact us.