Library Policies - Computer Resources Policy

Computers

The purpose for library computer workstations is to provide access to information that enhances and supports the educational, instructional, and research-related activities of Tarleton students, faculty, and staff.  Preference in the use of the workstations is given to Tarleton’s educational community.  Guests may obtain a pass to use the workstations, but they must remain on the main level in order to facilitate the staff’s assistance.

The information resources available are intended to supplement and complement the collections of Dick Smith Library.  Tarleton library staff offer assistance, guidance and instruction in the use of these resources, but they have no control over information accessed by way of library computers.   Lawful access to materials is not restricted, in compliance with the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.  However, users assume responsibility for appropriate use of the workstations in accordance with Tarleton State Computer Use Regulations.  Users are expected to comply with United States copyright law and fair use policies.  They may not use the computers for commercial gain or to commit unlawful acts.  They may not alter the workstation's properties or load other software.

In accordance with library policy, guest users must be sixteen years of age or over.

Laptop Circulation Policies

Laptop computers are provided by the Dick Smith Library for the use and convenience of Tarleton State University students and employees. They represent a significant investment in providing users with alternative access to technology in addition to the online terminals. We hope incorporating a wireless environment in the library will allow more flexibility for our users in a comfortable learning environment. We expect all users to maintain respect for the equipment and the rights of other patrons.

Users checking out laptops must present a VALID TARLETON ID.

Laptops are for Library Use Only, they may not leave the building.

Loan period is 4 hours, available for renewal (subject to demand).

User Responsibilities

Users are responsible for the laptop and all its components and accessories while on loan.

Never leave the laptop unattended.

Users must provide their own disks to save all work. Work cannot be saved to the desktop.

Anti-virus software is installed on all laptops; the Library is not responsible for any computer viruses that may be transferred during use.

Do not rely on the laptop clock for correct time.

Returning Laptops

Return the laptop promptly at or before the time it is due to avoid costly fines.

All laptops are due at least 15 minutes before the circulation desk closes to allow for the check-in process.

Laptops MUST be returned to a Circulation Staff member. NEVER leave the laptop unattended. NEVER put the laptop inside the bookdrop.

Late fees will be assessed in the following manner: 10 minute grace period. Fines are $1.00 per minute. Late 1 hour = $50.00, Late 2 hours = $110.00, etc.

Cooperate fully with the staff as they fulfill their obligations to inventory components, note any malfunctioning, or missing or damaged parts.

Please note: The Systems Librarian will perform a final check of the machine before each user can be completely cleared. Final checks are generally run Monday – Friday during normal business hours. You will be notified if any problems are found.