Computer lab

The OCF computer lab consists of 29 workstations running Debian Linux. They are maintained by OCF volunteer staff who operate the servers, workstations, and networking gear that helps the lab run.

The computer lab contains 3 scanners, 3 standing desks, and a Blu-ray/DVD/CD reader/writer.

OCF computers include free and open-source software such as LibreOffice (similar to Microsoft Office), GIMP (similar to Adobe Photoshop), and more.

For details about printing in the lab, see Printing.


The OCF computer lab is located in 171 MLK Student Union. It can be accessed through the main MLK building or via the tunnel by the stairs between Upper and Lower Sproul.

To enter the lab, bring a valid student identification card; you will be asked to show it.


Please note that our hours are all Berkeley Time, as the front desk staff are student employees and may have classes before opening times. Hours for the next week are:

Wednesday, May 29 Closed All Day (Summer Break)
Thursday, May 30 Closed All Day (Summer Break)
Friday, May 31 Closed All Day (Summer Break)
Saturday, Jun 01 Closed All Day (Summer Break)
Sunday, Jun 02 Closed All Day (Summer Break)
Monday, Jun 03 Closed All Day (Summer Break)
Tuesday, Jun 04 Closed All Day (Summer Break)

Regular Weekly Hours

The regular OCF hours are:

SundayClosed All Day


Current and future holidays are listed below. Note that holiday hours may change, so you should check back closer to the holiday.

May 22, 2024 — Sep 2, 2024 Summer Break Closed All Day

Need help from an OCF staffer?

OCF staff are student volunteers who are usually not present in the lab.

The front desk staff can help with basic troubleshooting, but for technical or organization-related questions, it would be better to either chat with an OCF volunteer staffer during staff hours or contact us via email.

Having trouble finding the entrance?

Here's how to get there, starting from Upper Sproul: