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Computer Use Policy

The University Libraries supports the University’s teaching, research, and clinical functions. The Libraries’ public computer equipment is provided to enable library users to access the collections and other information resources and services in support of curriculum and research needs. The following rules apply to use of computers within the Libraries and supplement and interpret University-wide policies on use of computing resources.

  1. First priority for use of computers is accorded to University of Washington students, faculty, and staff.
  2. Use of computing resources is a privilege that depends on individuals using the resources appropriately and in accordance with University policies and local, state, and federal laws. These laws and policies cover such areas as illegal access to computer systems, networks, and files, copyright, and harassment issues.
  3. At times, the demand for library computer equipment exceeds availability. You are asked to be sensitive to the needs of others and limit equipment use during times of heavy demand. The Libraries may take additional steps to regulate computer use, such as restricting email access or setting time limits.
  4. Due to the public nature of the Libraries, individuals should demonstrate respect for individuals’ rights to privacy and freedom from intimidation or harassment. You are asked to be sensitive to the fact that some on-screen images, sounds, or messages create an atmosphere of intimidation or harassment for others. The Libraries may take steps to maintain an environment conducive to study and research.
  5. Use of computer equipment for recreational purposes such as game playing deters others from using workstations for educational or research purposes, and otherwise makes the Libraries less conducive to study. Libraries may intervene to ensure optimal access to computers for educational and research purposes.  Bypassing the filtering of web sites on guest research stations is a misappropriation of this equipment and is not allowed.  UW students, faculty, and staff have priority use of this equipment.
  6. We welcome the use of laptops and other personal computing devices in the Libraries. Users may connect personal equipment only to the wireless network, or to ports designated for such use. Users may not unplug any Libraries’ equipment or cables for any reason. Use of personal equipment, such as extension, adaptor, or power cords must not pose a safety hazard for others.

If you fail to comply with the conditions of this policy, you may be subject to actions outlined in the Libraries Code of Conduct.

Last reviewed and updated: March 2015