Computer Use Policy, UC Berkeley Library

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Beginning in November 2005, all UCB students, faculty, and staff who logon with their CalNet ID will get unrestricted access to the Internet. Visitors can logon for basic access, as indicated on the welcome screen when one opens the Web browser. Basic access includes library catalogs, article databases and other licensed library resources, and all websites in the .edu, .gov, and .org domains. Selected .com sites are enabled. It does not require an ID or password.

The Internet consists of information on a wide range of topics provided by millions of individuals, organizations, and businesses around the world. Material is not always accurate, complete, up-to-date, or philosophically acceptable to all individuals.

The University Computer Use Policy and the Library Code of Conduct Policy provide a basis for this policy which is intended to address appropriate computer use, outline inappropriate use and provide staff with implementation strategies for enforcement. In administering access to the Internet, the library unquestionably supports open access to the Internet for research purposes, upholds the principles of the First Amendment and the individual's right to privacy, and at the same time bears responsibility for providing individuals an environment free of sexual harassment in which to work and study. Additionally, the Library bears responsibility for effective management of University and Library resources. This policy governs use of Library public access computers, including but not limited to those used to access the Internet, and should be reviewed periodically to ensure that it fosters the academic mission while supporting administrative needs.

User Responsibility

The purpose of providing Internet access is to further the research and instructional mission of the University. Library staff offer assistance and instruction in the use of the Internet as a research and information resource. The Library does not monitor or control Internet content and cannot be held accountable for any information accessed through the Internet. Staff do not censor access or protect users from information that they may find offensive. However, users are expected to be aware of applicable University regulations governing display of sexually suggestive materials in the workplace as well as in public areas of the library. See University of California Policy on Sexual Harassment.

The Internet contains some material of a controversial nature. Users are responsible for choosing sites accessed and for using the resources in an appropriate manner. Parents, legal guardians, or care providers are responsible for their children's use of the Internet and for intentional or inadvertent viewing or reading of other user's screens. The Library bears no responsibility for Internet content. Users are responsible for scrutinizing information on the Internet for reliability and point of view.

Appropriate Access and Use

The broad primary purpose of the computer network is to obtain information. More specifically, public access computers are provided primarily for Library-related activities, i.e., to access Library catalogs, databases, websites, and to connect to Library-licensed digital resources and to Library-related links.

UC students, faculty, staff, and individuals using depository material have priority in use of Library resources.

Print and downloading capabilities are provided on selected computers. There is a fee for printing.

Users are expected to observe relevant copyright laws and regulations.

Examples of Inappropriate Use

  • Monopolizing computer resources, i.e., an individual using more than one computer at a time or spending an inordinate amount of time on a computer. When others are waiting, users are expected to observe posted time limits.
  • Attempting to bypass system restrictions or tampering with system files or applications. Unauthorized access to system files. Attempting to disrupt the integrity of the system. See UC Berkeley Computer Use Policy.
  • Violating federal or state laws.
  • Violating Library and University regulations or policies.
  • Transmitting, disseminating, printing or downloading sexually explicit images of children.
  • Behaving in an abusive or harassing manner in language or images.
  • Unauthorized copying of copyright-protected materials.
  • Deliberately wasting or overloading computer resources.


Library websites developed by staff include selected links to Internet sites. Choosing to link to a website does not imply editorial or other control over linked-to websites and is not an endorsement of the website. The Library cannot warrant that its website, the server(s) that make it available, or any links from its site to other websites are free of viruses or other harmful components.

UC Office of the President Electronic Communications Policy

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