Personal computers are available in the Library for use by members of the general public and by ISU students, staff and faculty. The majority of computers located on the first floor of the Library require a login using a university-assigned email address and personal password. Members of the general public may register at the Circulation Desk for use of one of six dedicated computers - time limits and age restrictions will be imposed. Second floor computers are configured to access only the Library’s online catalog and are available to all patrons. On the third floor, one computer is configured for Library online catalog use only and one for general public use in finding health and government information. All other computers on the third floor are restricted to use by ISU students, staff, and faculty. Note: machines in the second-floor computer lab are under the control of the Computing and Communications Department, not the Library, and different use restrictions apply.
In accordance with the Library’s mission and with state mandate, computers are provided for the purpose of research and other educational endeavors. Therefore, excessive recreational use of the computers (e.g. game-playing), use that is entirely personal and unrelated to information-gathering (e.g. chat-room and personal email), and use for purposes of private financial gain (e.g. conducting business, eBay), is inappropriate. The Library reserves the right to require, at any time, that a computer user engaged in such activities cease doing so.
The Library reserves the right to ask any person to cease using a public-access computer if the library staff has reasonable grounds to believe that that person is violating University or Library policy. Prohibited uses of Library computers include all those that violate federal or state laws, or university regulations, or are wholly inconsistent with the Library’s goals and function. Among such prohibited uses are:
Click here to read the complete Oboler Library Computer and Internet Use Policy
9/30/03 - Approved by University Attorney
Revised 7/20/04 - Approved by Library Administrative Council