James B. Duke Library
Computer Access Policy
The purpose of library computing resources is academic research. Priority in the use of computers is given to Furman students, faculty and staff. Use of computing resources is subject to compliance with University policies and all applicable laws. Harassing, discriminatory, illegal and/or unethical behavior is expressly prohibited.
Persons not associated with the university may use library computers or the university wireless network for academic research. To use a computer, visitors must sign in and request guest access at the Research Assistance or Circulation Desk for a temporary log-in. To use the wireless network, visitors must apply for guest access at the ITS Service Center (follow link for ITS Service Center hours). Valid photo identification is required. Due to high demand for computing resources, visitors may be limited to 60 minutes of computer use per day. Visitors under 15 years old will not be logged in unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
In order to prioritize access to library resources for our students, faculty and staff, there will be no computer access for non-Furman patrons during times of heavy use. Such times include study days and final exam periods which are listed on the library calendar.
- The purpose of library computers is academic research by Furman students, faculty, and staff. This is the highest priority for use.
- Secondary uses of library computers include academic research by persons not associated with the university and non-academic use by Furman students, faculty, and staff. These are medium priority uses.
- Use of library computers for purposes other than academic research by persons not associated with the university is not authorized. All use in this category is by definition low priority, and patrons may be required to cease these activities at any time.
Patrons should be prepared to give up their seats to accommodate higher priority uses and may be required to by library employees.
Viewing Objectionable Material
No limitations will be placed on the Internet content that Furman University students, faculty, and staff may view for the purposes of research in conjunction with classes or other scholarly activity. If a patron is viewing Internet content which might be considered objectionable (including but not limited to obscene, pornographic, or hate group sites), a library faculty or staff member may inquire as to the status of the patron and the purpose of the activity. If the library staff member determines that the patron is not associated with the university or is not conducting scholarly research, then he or she may ask the patron to cease that activity, to cease using library computers, and/or to leave the library. Patrons are required to comply with these requests. If a patron does not comply, University Police will be contacted and disciplinary or legal action may be taken.
Use of Library Computers by Minors
Parents should note that Furman University is a community of adults, and the library provides unfiltered Internet access to serve the needs of that community. Minors using the library may encounter materials that might be considered objectionable on the Internet as well as in the stacks. The library takes no responsibility for the exposure of minors to objectionable materials in any format. Parental accompaniment to the library and guidance in the use of library resources is recommended.
Enforcement of Policies by Library Faculty and Staff
All library faculty and staff members have the authority to enforce these policies at their discretion. If a library employee believes that any person is violating any of these policies, he or she may ask the patron to cease that activity, to cease using library computers, and/or to leave the library. Patrons are required to comply with these requests. If a patron does not comply, University Police will be contacted and disciplinary or legal action may be taken.