Computer Use Policy

Policy Updated: September 2021


Library Computer Use Policy

  • Eugene McDermott Library provides computers for research using Discover, electronic databases, electronic journals, and the World Wide Web.
  • These computers are for scholarly research and educational purposes only.
  • Library computers may not be used for illegal, unauthorized, or commercial purposes as outlined in the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 33, Computer Crimes.
  • The Library is not responsible for the computers in the Sonora Lab on the first floor of McDermott Library.


Library Information Commons

Location: 2nd Floor, west side, near the Services Desk

Hours of operation: same as Building Hours

  • Demand for our computers is VERY high! You will be asked to move to another location if you use your personal laptop where there is an Information Commons computer.
  • Use of these computers requires a Net ID.
  • Computers are available on a first-come basis and cannot be reserved in advance.
  • The Library is not responsible for personal items left unattended in the library. The UTD police will be called to pick up items left unattended.
  • Disconnecting the library computers could result in receiving a shock and/or damaging the equipment.
  • Files saved to the hard drive will be deleted when the PC is rebooted.
  • Save your work to a USB drive before exiting the computer.
  • Library staff will not install software on personal laptops.
  • Students are not allowed to install personal software on Information Commons nor will Library staff install personal software for students.


Community User (CU) Workstations

Location: 2nd Floor, near the elevator and across from the Services Desk

Hours of operation: 8am-11pm everyday

  • Library visitors may check out these computers at the Services Desk using a valid government-issued ID.
  • Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • These computers provide access to some of the Library’s electronic databases, e-journals, and e-books.



See the Printers/Copiers Use Policy for instructions on photocopying, printing, and scanning at the Library.


Electronic Resources Acceptable Use Guidelines

  • The Library licenses access to electronic resources for the entire University, including remote access through the proxy server, where possible.
  • The Library will make every effort to avoid licensing resources for which access is limited by specific IP subranges or addresses, or that require the use of usernames and passwords.
  • Electronic resources are provided as tools for research, teaching, and study.
  • Commercial use and systematic or excessive downloading of electronic resources are expressly prohibited.
  • Student violation of the acceptable use policy will be referred to the Dean of Students.
  • Copyrighted work may not be copied, published, disseminated, displayed, performed or played without permission of the copyright holder except in accordance with Fair Use as defined in Title 17 of the US Code and the Library’s licensing agreement with the vendor.


UTD Libraries’ Internet Policy