Lab Help Desk

Hours & Location



The Lab Help Desk is normally staffed during the following hours:

  • Monday through Thursday, 8 AM to 9 PM
  • Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 5 PM

During Harvard holidays and transitions between semesters, the Lab Help Desk may or may not be staffed during normal hours. Changes in hours will be posted at the lab help desk.

The only specific dates on which the Lab Help Desk is closed are Thanksgiving in November and the Harvard Holiday Break in December.

For support after hours, please contact us with as much information about your issue as possible. Please note that we may not get back to you until the next business day.


The IQSS Computer Lab Help-Desk is located on the Concourse level of the Harvard CGIS-Knafel building. Our address is:

IQSS Computer Lab HelpDesk
1737 Cambridge Street K026
Cambridge, MA 02138

Our map location is:


Once you enter the buiding you will need to take the stairs or elevator down to the Concourse level. Once there we can be found in the right hand door as shown in this picture:


Picture of Door


The Lab Help Desk assistants will help you with various lab issues, such as account creation, HarvardKey, how to add print credit, item checkout, and general computer assistance. Lab Help Desk Assistants are not IT professionals, but will make a best effort towards solving any lab software or hardware issue brought to their attention.

The Lab Help Desk can be reached during normal business hours at (617) 496-9365.

For email support, please contact us at with as much information about your issue as possible.

For statistical support, please see Data Science Services.

For GIS support the Center for Geographic Analysis will be able to answer all your needs.

Item Checkout

Our labs have several resources available for lab users.


The Lab Help Desk has a small library of statistical methods and software manuals available for check out. These books are meant to be used in CGIS only, and should be returned at the end of each day.


The Lab Help Desk has over ear headphones for check out. You must leave an ID with the Help Desk while borrowing headphones and should be returned at the end of each day.

Computer Peripherals

There are external drives, cameras, and other computer peripherals available for checkout at the Lab Help Desk for lab usage only. You must leave an valid Harvard or Governmental ID (Sorry, no library cards) with the Help Desk while borrowing a peripheral and should be returned at the end of each day.

For any questions about our public labs, please email or call us (617-496-9365).

Printing, Printers & Scanners

Printing in our computer labs is available for valid FAS account holders via Papercut. Printing costs are:

  • 5 cents per black-and-white page
  • 25 cents per color page

All printing is prepaid via Crimson Cash, personal check ($10.00 minimum), or departmental billing code.

Our Lab Help Desk has a variety of specialty papers (colors and sizes) that are available at no additional charge. Laser printer overhead transparency sheets are available for an additional charge.

Copy machines are not located in the our public labs; however, CGIS Building Operations maintains a copier outside the Concourse Computer Lab.

Printer Information

Concourse Lab:

HP LaserJet M806dn  (B&W Only)

HP Color LaserJet M750dn

K301 & K003 Lab:

Dell 5130cdn Color Laser Printer

Scanner Information

Concourse Lab:

Kodak Alaris i1420 with Extended Flatbed

K301 Lab:

We are looking into a new scanner for this room, please stay tuned.


CGIS Computer Lab Account SLA

Attached is a PDF describing the service agreement for all CGIS computer lab account services. Please print and read this document before you initiate use of these services.
sla_labs.pdf122 KB

New Accounts

Here is the IQSS/HMDC computer lab account sign up form.