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George A. Smathers Libraries: Policy For the Use of Library Computers

The Smathers Libraries provide public use computers to facilitate University community access to locally held and remotely stored electronic data. Equipment and electronic resources are accessible during all library service hours. Staff are available to assist users in meeting their information needs, and training sessions are regularly scheduled. Arrangements may be made for specialized training for University of Florida classes.

  • Computers and networks are state assets. Use them in a responsible, ethical and lawful manner. Comply with local, state, and federal laws, and University policies. Recreational, commercial, or other activities not related to meeting academic information needs of the University of Florida are prohibited.
  • Respect other users of Library computers and do not harass or interfere with them.
  • Do not develop, store, distribute, or use, outside computer programs, such as word-processing or spreadsheets, on Library workstations. Use electronic mail or messaging programs only for library related activities and not for personal correspondence. CIRCA supports non library-related activities such as word-processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, etc.
  • Observe posted time limits and regulations.
  • Respect the privacy and property of all files on the computer system. Do not alter or erase a file without explicit permission to do so. The ability to alter a file does not imply permission to do so.
  • Deliberately crashing, vandalizing, or otherwise disabling a computer or network, degrading performance, or consuming large amounts of system resources are serious offenses.
  • Absolutely no food or drink is permitted on or near the computers.
  • Use your correct name and identification number whenever prompted. Do not attempt to bypass computer security facilities, discover passwords, make unauthorized connections or break into or affect the performance of any other computer system on local or world-wide networks.
  • The Library has the right to examine any file, backup archive, electronic mail, or printer listing as part of normal system administration.
  • The Library will monitor all computer activity and may terminate any computer session or print job that is consuming excessive resources or refuse access to any person who has violated Library or University policy. The Libraries will report infractions of these policies to the Office of Student Affairs or the appropriate law-enforcement agency. Any infraction could result in the loss of Library privileges.
  • Please report improper incidents or other apparent violations of University policies to a library staff member immediately.


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