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J. Eugene Smith Library
Policy On The Use of Computer Systems and Internet Resources

Use of Computer Systems

  • Library patrons are encouraged to use Library computer systems and Internet resources in accordance with the Library's educational and research mission.
  • Library privileges are extended to all ECSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni and are available to residents of Connecticut 18 years of age or older upon presentation of identification. Use of Library computer services by the general public is based upon availability of public access workstations and at the discretion of Library staff. Recommended maximum of two one-hour passes per day for public patrons.
  • Priority use of public access computers and the extension of computer sessions will be given to those with CSCU identification.
  • Students, faculty, and staff of Eastern Connecticut State University have priority in use of Library computer workstations. Academic work takes precedence over all other uses of the computers.
  • Computer systems and Internet access are provided in support of the University's academic program and are to be used in full compliance with the Connecticut State University System Policy Statement on Student Use of University Computer Systems and Networks and the Eastern Connecticut State University Policy on Computer Use.
  • It is unacceptable to use these resources for the following:
    • Violation of United States or Connecticut law including copyright laws and licensing agreements
    • Downloading of text files, software, executable files, databases and similar "live" technology to library disk drives.
    • Modification or destruction of Library hardware, software or data including display and desktop configurations
    • Downloading of computer viruses
    • Using connect time or printing resources excessively
    • Harassment of other Library users including the intrusive display of graphics which may reasonably be construed as offensive
    • Attempted evasion of system and network security measures
  • The Library reserves the right to regularly delete files from system and network hard drives.
  • The Library reserves the right to impose time limitations on the use of Library computing resources.
  • The Library assumes no responsibility for damages, direct or indirect, arising from the use if its computer and network facilities.

Internet Resources

  • The determination of the accuracy and completeness of information resources obtained through the Internet is the sole responsibility of the user.
  • Resources on the Internet may contain material of a controversial nature. The Library does not attempt to control access to nor content of material on the Internet.
  • Although the Library Web pages identify specific links as starting points for Internet research, the Library cannot control Internet access points because of the rapid and unpredictable changes of Internet addresses.
  • The library subscribes to the American Library Association's Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights on Internet Filtering, adopted June 30, 2015, by the ALA Council.


  • Library patrons violating any portion of this policy will be advised of the appropriate section and asked to comply.
  • The Library reserves the right to terminate network access for patrons who repeat a violation after a previous warning.
  • The Library reserves the right to prohibit violators from future access to or use of the Library's online services.

April 2017