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Library Computer Use Policy

The George A. Smathers Libraries provide public use computers to facilitate access to locally held and remotely stored electronic data for the University of Florida community. Equipment and electronic resources are accessible during all library service hours. Staff are available to assist users in meeting their information needs with the computers.

Users of library computers must comply with the university’s Acceptable Use Policy for computing resources, with applicable contracts including software licenses, and with applicable local, state, and federal laws. Examples of applicable laws, rules and policies include the laws of libel, privacy, copyright, trademark, child pornography (see 18 U.S.C. Chapter 110, Section 2252A,, and Keeney Memorandum), the Florida Computer Crimes Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which prohibit “hacking,” “cracking,” and similar activities, the university’s Student Code of Conduct, and the university’s Sexual Harassment Policy

Observe copyright notices and warning screens and comply with copyright law. Digital content and materials on the Internet are protected under copyright law. Unauthorized distribution, reproduction, or transmission is illegal, and offenders are subject to prosecution.

Computers and networks are state assets. Please use them in a responsible, ethical and lawful manner.  Deliberately crashing, vandalizing, or otherwise compromising a computer or network, degrading performance; or unnecessarily consuming large amounts of system resources are serious offenses and may result in loss of library privileges and disciplinary action or criminal charges. Respect other users of library computers and do not harass or interfere with them.

While there are no specific time limitations, the Library staff reserve the right to give computer priority use to those who are engaged in class work assignments and research.

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 and disciplinary action.

Child pornography, a felony in the state of Florida, is illegal and the University Police will be called immediately.

Library Computer Access Policy for Visitors

A guest GatorLink account allows campus visitors to access library computers. Licensed databases are available for use in the Library and on campus.  A guest GatorLink account does not allow the borrowing of library materials or remote (“off-campus”) access to databases.

Campus visitors and the general public may register for a guest GatorLink account at any Smathers Libraries service desk during all hours the library is open.

A photo ID must be presented to register. The system will record your name, phone number, and email address. The guest account will remain active for 7 days, at which time a new account may be established.

Computers must be used in accordance with library and university policies and procedures listed above. Any violation may lead to loss of these privileges.

For your protection, please remember to log-off when you have finished using a library computer.