Acceptable Use of University Libraries' Computer Workstations

Computers, networks and electronic information systems are essential resources for accomplishing the University's mission of instruction, research, and service outreach. The University Libraries provide members of the University community shared access to these resources in support of accomplishing the University's mission. These resources are a valuable community asset to be used and managed responsibly to ensure their integrity, security, and availability for appropriate educational and research activities. All authorized users of these resources, including unaffiliated guest users, are required to use them in a responsible manner.

In using Libraries’ workstations, all users agree to abide this policy and all relevant University of Minnesota policies and procedures (see below) as well as all federal, state and local laws. Users must be especially aware of User Rights and Responsibilities stated in the University’s Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources policy, which outline liability for personal communication, privacy and security issues, and consequences of violations.

  1. Access to and Use of Workstations
    1. Authentication is required for all Libraries’ computer workstations. University policy prohibits the sharing of your University of Minnesota account, privileges granted to it, and its access credentials (i.e., passwords, login codes, etc.) with others.
    2. While unaffiliated guest users are welcome to use library workstations, priority use is given to University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff, and members of the Friends of the Libraries. Workstations are primarily for research, study, and professional activities. Anyone using a workstation may be asked to show a University identification card or guest user access card. There may be restrictions on some workstations and their software applications in the Libraries, based on workstation location and demand for use.
  2. Use of Hardware and Software
    1. Users of workstations shall not make any attempt to damage computer equipment or software, alter software configuration, conduct any malicious activities using University networks or data, or engage in any illegal or criminal activities.
  3. User Conduct
    1. Users at workstations are in a public building and expected to show consideration for others. Users shall not engage in loud, boisterous threatening or other behaviors that disrupt others' use of library facilities for teaching, study, or research as outlined in the Library Use Policy. Anyone engaging in unacceptable behavior may be denied further access to Libraries’ privileges and/or facilities.
    2. Parents or legal guardians of minors are responsible for monitoring the conduct of their children while in Libraries’ facilities.
  4. Acceptable Use of Electronic Information Resources
    1. Electronic information resources made available by the University Libraries to Twin Cities Campus students, staff, faculty, and other authorized users are for instructional, research, and other activities that support the University's mission. Contractual license agreements and U.S. Copyright Law govern the access, use, and reproduction of these resources as outlined in the University Libraries' policy on Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources.
  5. Internet Content
    1. Libraries’ workstations provide access to the Internet. Patrons should be aware that some Internet sites may contain materials that some find offensive or controversial.
    2. This policy and Libraries’ practices are consistent with the University Regents' Policy on Academic Freedom and Responsibility and the American Library Association's Library's Bill of Rights and Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries.
  6. Related University and Libraries Policies
    1. Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources (University)
    2. Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources (Libraries)
    3. Library Use Policy (Libraries)
    4. Securing Private Data, Computers, and Other Electronic Devices (University)

October 2011