The library provides public computers for access to library collections, databases, the Internet and productivity software by UCSB students, faculty and staff, and the general public, to support the research, teaching and service mission of the university.

Priority use of public computers is given to UCSB students, faculty and staff.  With the exception of the few Quick Lookup stations, access to Library computers requires personal authentication. To authenticate, UCSB students, faculty and staff use their UCSB NetID credentials; visitors can obtain a guest login valid for 3 hours per day from the Services Desk.  For full details, see the Computer User Authentication FAQs.

All use of public computers is expected to be in compliance with state and federal laws and university policies. Computers may not be used for commercial use or for personal profit. Unauthorized access to systems and accounts, unauthorized or illegal uploading or downloading of software, violation of copyright, violation of campus conduct, harassment, and civil rights policies, or tampering with public computer workstations or printers is forbidden.

The library upholds free and open access to information in support of academic freedom and inquiry. Because the Internet is an unregulated global information network, content and validity of information cannot be verified. Information viewed by one user may be considered objectionable by another. The library's primary users are adults; parents are responsible for monitoring public computer use by their children. All should respect privacy and diversity, and be considerate about viewing material that could be considered offensive to others.

The library may restrict or deny access to those violating this policy.   Violators are subject to appropriate legal action.

Last updated:  April 30, 2019