LIBRARY COMPUTER USE
Issued by: Ellen
Chamberlain, Director of the Libraries
Access to resources on the
Internet through library terminals is provided to support research and
educational activities only. All library patrons who utilize library
computers are expected to do so responsibly, respecting library property and
the rights of others.
The library cannot control the information
available over the Internet and is not responsible for its content. The
Internet contains a wide variety of material, expressing many points of view.
Not all sources provide information that is accurate, complete or current, and
some may be offensive or disturbing to some viewers. Users should properly
evaluate Internet resources according to their academic and research needs.
Links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement by the
library of the content or views contained therein.
The library respects the First Amendment and
supports the concept of intellectual freedom. The library also endorses the
American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights, which supports
access to information and opposes censorship, labeling and/or restricting
access to information. In accordance with this policy, the library does not
use filters to restrict access to information on the Internet or Web. As with
other library resources, restriction of a minor's access to the Internet or
Web is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.
Many of the resources found
on the Internet/Worldwide Web are copyright protected. Although the Internet
is a different medium from printed text, ownership and intellectual property
rights still exist. Users must check the documents for appropriate statements
indicating ownership. Most of the electronic software and journal articles
available on library servers and computers are also copyrighted. Users shall
not violate the legal protection provided by copyrights and licenses held by
U.S. Copyright Law and contractual license agreements govern the access, use
and reproduction of the electronic resources that the University Libraries
makes available to its users. Users shall not make copies of any licensed or
copyrighted computer program found on a library computer.
Copyright Law (Title
17 of the United States Code)
or electronic) made by users of the library’s electronic resources are
governed by the Fair Use Section of U.S. Copyright Law, except when the
resources are covered by license agreements (see below). Fair Use
generally permits users to make reproductions for non-commercial, educational
purposes such as criticism, comment, teaching, scholarship and research.
Reproductions are usually considered to be fair use if:
use of the reproduced material is academic in nature, and for nonprofit,
purpose of making reproductions is for time-shifting, i.e. to make materials
available for study at the user's convenience, but not for archival
reproduction is for a single copy or one original, as opposed to multiple
reproduction is reasonable in length given the nature of the material.
Reproductions (print or electronic) made by
University Libraries staff for users of the library’s electronic resources are
governed by the Section 108 of U.S. Copyright Law, "Reproduction by libraries
and archives." As USCB and its libraries are publicly-supported, non-profit,
and open to the public, library staff are permitted to provide users with
reproductions of electronic resources provided that:
reproduction is for no more than one article or other contribution to a
copyrighted collection or periodical issue
reproduction becomes the property of the user.
Library staff have no reason to believe that the reproduction will be used
for any other purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.
are not permitted to:
- Copy any copyrighted
software provided by the university. It is a criminal offense to copy any
software that is protected by copyright, and USCB will treat it as such.
- Use licensed software in a
manner inconsistent with the licensing arrangement
- Copy, rename, alter,
examine, or delete the files or programs of another person at USCB without
- Use a computer with the
intent to intimidate, harass, or display hostility toward others (e.g.
sending offensive messages or prominently displaying material that others
might find offensive such as vulgar language, explicit sexual material or
material from hate groups)
- Create, disseminate or run
a self-replicating program ("virus"), whether destructive in nature or not
- Use a computer for
- Tamper with switch
settings, move, reconfigure or do anything that could damage terminals,
computers, printers or other equipment
- Collect, read, or destroy
output other than one’s own work without the permission of the owner
- Use the computer account
of another person with or without their permission unless it is designated
for group work
- Use software not provided
- Access or attempt to
access a host computer, either at USCB or through a network, without the
owner's permission, and/or through use of log-in information belonging to
- Download software from the
Internet onto library computers, altering settings or files, and tampering
with computer security in any way
Library patrons may print to
a networked laser-jet printer which is located at the circulation desk.
Users are charged for
printing no matter who supplies the paper. Mass production of club flyers,
newsletters, posters, etc., is strictly prohibited. If multiple copies are desired
users need to go to an appropriate copying facility such as a faculty printer
or a local print shop. Contact a staff member when using the Color Laser Printer to
avoid costly mistakes. The University Libraries reserve the right to restrict
user printing based on quantity and/or content (e.g. materials related to
running an outside business).
Users are responsible for
retrieving materials printed from library computers in a timely fashion and
for paying any charges incurred.
Users pay ten cents per page
for printed copies, or five cents per page on used paper. Color copies
cost $1.00 each.
In addition to standard
printing options, some databases allow users to download Internet information
to disk or email it to their personal email addresses.
Policy approved by the
Faculty Library Committee
Policy approved by the
Last modified Thursday October 09, 2014