Use of Library Public Computers

  1. Library public computers are provided to access information in support of University of Houston teaching and research and to enhance academic communication. Priority in computer use, including printing, is given to academic use. Other uses, including non-academic web browsing, electronic mail, game playing, and participation in chat rooms, forums, and news groups, are considered secondary activities. The library may prohibit secondary activities take place if they interfere with the goals of supporting instruction and research.
  2. Students, faculty, and staff at University of Houston constitute the library's primary user group. The number of computers available for public use and the number of databases the library can afford are limited and must be shared. If and when the number of public workstations is insufficient to meet demand, rationing service (i.e., limiting individual sessions to a certain time period and/or limiting access to University of Houston students, faculty, and staff) may be necessary to provide equitable access.
  3. Only library-provided software may be used on the library's computers. Software owned or supplied by users may not be installed or used on library computers.
  4. Users may not store data on the hard drives of library computers.
  5. Users must adhere to copyright laws protecting materials available on public workstations.
  6. Users must use library databases in accordance with the databases' licensing terms and conditions.
  7. Users are asked to respect the privacy of other computer users. This includes not representing oneself as another user, not modifying passwords, not trying to gain access to someone else's data or search history, and not "hovering" over others using computers while waiting for their turn to use them.
  8. The Libraries do not monitor or control the information accessed through the Internet, and cannot be held responsible for its content. As with other library materials, any restriction of a minor's access to and use of the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.
  9. The Libraries are not responsible for any damage done to computer users' disks, data, hardware or software by any virus which may have been contacted on or through Library equipment.
  10. The Libraries are not responsible for any damage done to computer users' disks, data hardware, or software as a result of the malfunctioning of library hardware or software.
  11. Misuse of library computers may result in the suspension or loss of privilege to use them.