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Remote PC Access

Northwestern University Libraries is temporarily providing remote access to PC workstations located in the library buildings. This allows you to use software such as SPSS, SAS, MATLAB, NVivo, the Adobe Creative Suite, and more. Remote access is limited to Northwestern community members with an active NetID.

Access requires connection to the Northwestern VPN. View instructions for connecting on the NUIT VPN guide.

For any questions or issues, please contact library@northwestern.edu.

Connect via VMware Horizon website (recommended)

  1. Visit https://desktop.library.northwestern.edu.
  2. Click “VMware Horizon HTML Access”.
  3. Log in with your NetID and password.
  4. Click "Libraries Desktop." For access to a PC with NVivo 11, click "NVivo 11 Access."
  5. To locate specific software, click the Start button in the bottom left corner of the screen and begin typing the name of the program you wish to use.
  6. Before logging out, make sure to upload any files you need to save to the cloud (such as Google Drive or Northwestern Box); we cannot guarantee future access to your files if you save them within the remote desktop.
  7. When finished, click “Options” in the top left corner of the screen and select “Disconnect and Log Off”.

Connect via VMware Horizon Client (MacOS or Windows)

1.      To download, visit https://desktop.library.northwestern.edu/ in a web browser and click “Download the Horizon Client for Mac OS X or  Windows (x64)”.
Screenshot - Download the Horizon Client
2.      Follow the download and installation instructions and open the VMware Horizon client on your computer.
3.      In the VMware Horizon client, click “+New Server”.
4.      Type https://pc.library.northwestern.edu 
5.      Log in with your NetID and password.
6.      Click "Libraries Desktop." For access to a PC with NVivo 11, click "NVivo 11 Access."
8.      To locate specific software, click the Start button in the bottom left corner of the screen and begin typing the name of the program you wish to use.
9.      Before logging out, make sure to upload any files you create to the cloud (such to Google Drive or Northwestern Box); we cannot guarantee future access to your files if you save them within the remote desktop.
10.  When finished, click “Options” in the top left corner of the screen and select “Disconnect and Log Off”.

Using Multiple Monitors

  1. While connected via the VMware Horizon website, click on the VMware Horizon Menu toggle on the left edge of the desktop screen.
  2. Click the “Settings” button (top right of the Menu screen).
  3. Click “Multi-monitor”.
  4. Click “add display.” A pop-up window will appear; drag it to your additional display.
  5. Arrange the displays as needed.
  6. Click the toggle again to hide the menu.

Connecting via VMware Horizon App for iOS (iPhone or iPad)

  1. Install the VMware Horizon Client from the App Store.
  2. Verify you have GlobalProtect VPN client connected.
  3. Enter server name pc.library.northwestern.edu and press Connect.
  4. Log in with your Northwestern NetID and password. 
  5. Click "Libraries Desktop." For access to a PC with NVivo 11, click "NVivo 11 Access."
  6. To locate specific software, click the Start button in the bottom left corner of the screen and begin typing the name of the program you wish to use. You can also use the pop-out tab located on the left side of the display to open any application.
  7. Before logging out, make sure to upload any files you need to save to the cloud (such as Google Drive or Northwestern Box); we cannot guarantee future access to your files if you save them within the remote desktop.
  8. When finished, double click the "Log Off" shortcut on the desktop or Start menu.

Connecting via VMware Horizon App for Android

  1. Install the VMware Horizon Client from the Play Store.
  2. Verify you have GlobalProtect VPN client connected.
  3. Open the app and allow Horizon to make calls and access files on your device.
  4. Enter server name pc.library.northwestern.edu and press Connect.
  5. Log in with your Northwestern NetID and password. 
  6. Click "Libraries Desktop." For access to a PC with NVivo 11, click "NVivo 11 Access."
  7. To locate specific software, click the Start button in the bottom left corner of the screen and begin typing the name of the program you wish to use. You can also use the pop-out tab located on the left side of the display to open any application.
  8. Before logging out, make sure to upload any files you create to the cloud.
  9. When finished, double click the "Log Off" shortcut on the desktop or Start menu.

List of Available Software

  • 7-zip
  • Adobe Reader DC
  • Adobe Creative Cloud 2019
  • Acrobat DC
  • After Effects
  • Animate and Mobile Device Packaging
  • Audition
  • Bridge
  • Camera Raw
  • Character Animator
  • Dreamweaver
  • Illustrator
  • InCopy
  • InDesign
  • Lightroom
  • Lightroom Classic
  • Media Encoder
  • NVivo 11 (through “NVivo 11 Access”)
  • Photoshop CC
  • Prelude
  • Premiere Pro
  • Premiere Rush
  • ArcGIS Data and Maps
  • ArcGIS Desktop
  • ArcGIS Pro
  • Audacity w/ LAME and ffmpeg plug-ins.
  • CDBurnerXP
  • ChemDraw Prime
  • Citrix Receiver
  • CyberDuck
  • EndNote
  • FastStone Capture
  • Fast X
  • FileZilla Client
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Earth
  • IBM SPSS Statistics
  • Irfan View
  • MakerBot Print
  • Mathematica
  • MATLAB
  • Mendeley Desktop
  • MeshLab
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office
  • Access
  • Excel
  • OneNote
  • PowerPoint
  • Publisher
  • Skype for Business
  • Visio Viewer
  • Word
  • MiKTeX
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • NJStar Communicator
  • Notepad++
  • OpenJDK JRE
  • Praat
  • QGIS
  • R
  • RStudio
  • Read and Write Gold
  • SAS
  • SketchUp Pro
  • Skype
  • Stata
  • StatTransfer (available in Deering 100)
  • VLC Media Player
  • WebEx Productivity Tools
  • Windows Media Player
  • X-Win 32
  • ZoomText
  • Zotero