UCB Libraries

Libraries Policies:
     Computer Use Policy

Computers shall include hardware, software, and access to local and remote systems. Staff members shall include Libraries faculty, staff, and student employees. Staff members have the responsibility to make use of the Libraries computers in an effective, ethical, and legal manner.

Computers shall be used in a manner consistent with the objectives of the Libraries.


As a condition of use of Libraries facilities the staff member agrees:


  • To respect the intended purposes of Libraries computers;
  • To respect the privacy of other users;
  • To respect the integrity of the Libraries computers.

Staff members shall not intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, tapes, passwords, or any type of data belonging to other users unless specifically authorized to do so.

Staff members shall not develop or execute programs that could harass other users, infiltrate computer systems, or alter software components of the systems.


Software programs are protected by Section 117 of the 1976 Copyright Act. Unless they have written the program themselves, staff members do not have the right to make and distribute copies of programs without specific permission of the copyright holder.


Staff members shall not make copies of Libraries-owned software unless specifically authorized to do so.


Staff members shall not load personal copies of software on Libraries computers unless specifically authorized to do so.


Violations of these conditions may result in the suspension of computing privileges; disciplinary review; termination of employment; or legal action. The Libraries reserves the right to examine users' stored information when investigating cases of computing abuse.


The physical abuse of any computing equipment or supplies will be reported to the University Police and to the appropriate administrative office.


May 1996