Library User

Library Computer and Network Use Policy

By using public computing equipment in the Schurz Library and Educational Resource Commons (ERC), library computer users agree to abide by all federal, state and local computing related statutes, as well as IU-wide and IU South Bend computing policies.

These laws and policies cover such areas as the appropriate use of computer systems, network access, data access and storage, and access and distribution of copyright material. The guidelines below supplement the above policies for use of the Library and its affiliated units.

Use of Workstations

  • The public computing equipment is provided to access collections and information resources that support the University's educational, research and public service needs.
  • IU South Bend students, faculty and staff receive first priority for library workstations.
  • During busy periods when computer availability is scarce, those using workstations for purposes other than the mission of the University may be asked to relinquish their computers.
  • Users at workstations with scanners may be asked to move to other open computers if scanners are needed by other patrons.
  • Computers and scanners in the Adaptive Technology Room are reserved for IU South Bend students, faculty and staff who need to use adaptive software.
  • Library equipment and cables may not be unplugged for any reason.

Community Users

  • Non-IU affiliated guests may obtain a temporary User ID and password with their IU Borrower's Card at the Circulation Desk. These temporary accounts provide access for 2 hours per day for 30 days on specific computers (Map) in the Hammes Information Commons, 2nd floor and the Government Publications area on the lower level. Temporary accounts are renewable. Printing services are also available for a fee.
  • Community users have access to subscription library electronic resources while in the Library and Educational Resource Commons. In-house wireless and off-campus access are not available to community users.

Use of Hardware, Software and Electronic Resources

  • Passwords should never be shared with others.
  • Users should not damage computer equipment or alter software configurations.
  • Contractual license agreements with publishers and U.S. Copyright Law govern the access, use, and copying of licensed electronic resources and e-books. Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials (including software, electronic mail, text, images, sound, programs or data) without the explicit written permission of the copyright holder.

Internet Content

  • Due to the public nature of the libraries, users should demonstrate respect for individuals' rights to privacy and freedom from intimidation or harassment. This policy is consistent with the policy of the American Library Association's Library's Bill of Rights and Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries.
  • The Library Services are committed to maintaining the confidentiality of our users; however, users should be careful to protect their own information while online.
  • Staff from Library Services does not monitor, censor or control Internet content.

Laptops and Other Personal Computing Devices

  • Faculty, staff and students may use their personal equipment and connect to the wireless network or to ports designated for such use.
  • Caution should be exercised to ensure that extension, adaptor or power cords do not pose a safety hazard for others.

Last Reviewed: 03/2014