Power up your RamCard

This semester, you can make your RamCard work even harder by turning it into a free public library card.

Through a collaboration between CSU Libraries and Poudre River Public Library District, Colorado State University students, faculty and staff can now add all the perks of a PRPLD library card to their existing RamCard. This gives the campus community access to free ebook, movie and music downloads and so much more.

Once activated through RamWeb, your super-charged RamCard can be used to take advantage of the public library’s notable collection of resources, including popular fiction and nonfiction ebooks, electronic magazines, videos and audio books.

“The PRPLD popular and recreational library resources complement the CSU Libraries' extensive research resources, including more than 150,000 academic ebooks, databases and scholarly journals,” said Pat Burns, vice president for IT and dean of Libraries. “We are happy to be able to provide access to titles frequently requested by the campus community while maintaining our focus on academic publications.”

This program is open to everyone with a RamCard, even if you already have a PRPLD card.

For more information about giving your RamCard a new superpower and instructions on how to opt-in to the public library card program, go to the CSU Libraries website.

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All students to receive Microsoft Office, other benefits

All students to receive Microsoft Office, other benefits

August 4, 2014

Thanks to support from The Associated Students of CSU and the University Technology Fee Advisory Board, all CSU students may download, install and use Microsoft Office, free of charge, throughout their time at Colorado State.

Students: Don't buy Office!Office 365 Free for students Colleges and departments at CSU have partnered with Microsoft to leverage their Office 365 Education web-based services for students, faculty, and staff. Additional student benefits of this software subscription service include a one terabyte (1TB) cloud drive, and the ability to install and use up to five copies of Microsoft Office on the computers and devices of their choosing: PCs, Macs, desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and more. Starting this fall, all undergraduate and graduate students at CSU are eligible. Here's what's included on up to five desktop/laptop computers (PC and/or Mac) per student:
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Lync Online (secure chat)
  • OneNote
And for mobile devices (smart phones, tablets, etc):
  • Office Mobile Word
  • Office Mobile Excel
  • Office Mobile PowerPoint
Where to download Access to download and install Office is provided at a Microsoft portal site, and accessed with your CSU eID. Simply log in with the following information:
  • Username: ename@colostate.edu - (The @colostate.edu part is required here, but not with other eID logins such as RAMweb – don’t forget it!)
  • Password: your eID password.
Information & installation instructions Installation instructions are available online. The CSU Help Desk, at 491-7276 or via email at help@colostate.edu, can answer your questions and assist you with the process.

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