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FSU Ort Library Guidelines: Computer & Internet Use

Ort Library's Commitment to Providing Open Access to Information

As a global network, the scope of information found on the Internet is wide and diverse.


The Lewis J. Ort Library supports free and open access to all forms of information and does not attempt to monitor, filter, or censor the use of any of these resources. In support of our patrons' First Amendment right to freely seek and examine a broad range of opinions and ideas, the Library adheres to the following American Library Association statements on access to information:



Ort Library's Computer Use Policies

Policies Governing Use of Equipment:

  1.  Library computers are made available on a priority basis to FSU students, faculty, staff, and government information users for research, coursework, and instruction.
  2. The library reserves the right to reclaim workstations being used for other purposes.
  3. Computers located on all floors of the Library require an FSU network ID for access. FSU faculty, staff, and students will use their University username and password to login to the computers. Community users will need to see a member of Library staff at the Circulation Desk to check out a temporary FSU network ID for access to the computers.
  4. Computers are available on a first-come-first-served basis.  Use is limited to 30 minutes when others are waiting for access to computer workstations.
  5. The library will not take reservations for individual computer use.
  6. The library reserves the right to schedule workstations for instruction or for access to electronic resources available only on specific machines.
  7. Food and drink are not permitted near the computing equipment.
  8. Printing is allowed. However, not all computers have printing capabilities.
  9. Microsoft Office productivity software is available to students, faculty, and staff on all public computers.
  10. Downloading files to peripheral media such as USB flash drives, CD/DVD, zip and floppy disks is permitted. Users must supply their own storage media. 
  11. Personal communication is permitted.
  12. Virus and spyware protection software is loaded on every computer in the Library. The Library will not be responsible for damage done to users' disks, flash drives, or non-Library computer equipment as a result of downloading.
  13. Library staff is available at public service desks to provide limited assistance in the use of the Library's computers. Staff may limit the amount of time spent in assisting a user in order to provide adequate support for all other Library services.
  14. Individuals requiring more training than staff can give at the Users' Service Desks are encouraged to schedule a training session. The type of assistance provided by a specific staff member may vary depending on the function of the service area.
  15. Attempts to damage or alter Library equipment or software are a violation of Library and University policy, will be reported to University Police, and will result in the loss of library privileges.
  16. Staff at the Circulation/Reserve Desks on Floor 3 and the Media Desk on Floor 2 will provide the following types of assistance: printing; resolving basic technical problems; describing available services and brief instructions on how to access them. In addition, the Reference Department will also provide instruction and research assistance.


Wireless Internet/Network Access

The Library provides secure wireless network access throughout all public areas of the building.  FSU students, faculty, and staff must use their University username and password to access the wireless network.  Guests of FSU may connect to the 'fsuguest' network with limited access to the Internet by calling the FSU Helpdesk for a temporary guest username and password.

Please visit the Frostburg State University Office of Information Technology [ ] site for more information about the wireless network in the Library and on campus, including connection instructions.


Flatbed Scanners

Two flatbed color scanners are available on Floor 2 of the Library for use by FSU students, faculty, and staff.  Users must use their FSU username and password to access the computer that is connected to the scanners.  The scanners may be used to save digitized images of Library and other materials for personal academic coursework or research purposes only.  The scanners may not be used to scan objects that could scratch the glass.  Scanner users are responsible for following University computing policies as well as federal copyright law.  Persons using the scanners are liable for any infringement.

Printing is not available at the scanner workstations.  Images may be saved by the user to peripheral media (USB flash drive, CD/DVD, disk, etc) or to his/her campus network storage (H: Drive).

Revised R. Lowe 11/2006; L. Messman-Mandicott 8/2010; S. Henry 2/27/15

Library Users' Responsibilities in Regard to Computer Use and Internet Access

In addition to complying with the policies outlined in this document, the library user also assumes certain responsibilities when using one of the Library's computers:

  1. The Library assumes no responsibility for accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency, or content of any Internet resource. Library users peruse the Internet at their own risk, realizing the potential for accessing offensive, inaccurate or illegal information. Users must apply their own set of evaluative criteria to information.
  2. It is the responsibility of the user to read and abide by this policy as well as all Frostburg State University (FSU) and University System of Maryland computing policies and relevant state and federal laws, including U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, US Code).
  3. Guardians are advised to read and share with children under 18 the document published by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children entitled Child Safety on the Information Superhighway.