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Policies: Computer Use and Procedures

Computer Policies and Procedures

Library computers are intended for Kutztown University students, faculty, staff and visitors to engage in study and research and to participate in authorized on-campus activities. Children under the age of 18 who are not KU students must be accompanied by an adult. Adults need to be aware that Internet sites are not blocked since the intended use is for research and academic purposes. Unsupervised use could result in access to information or images that parents may find inappropriate for their children.

The library maintains numerous computers distributed throughout the library. The library's computer policy is below.

Computer Policy

  • Access to the computers is limited to KU students, employees, and emeriti in possession of a current university identification card. Courtesy patrons will have access to 5 computers on the first floor only.
  • Computer labs are generally open when the Library is open.
  • Computers may not be reserved in advance for individual use.
  • The installation of any software program or utility on any lab computer is prohibited.
  • Altering or deleting any software program or utility from any lab computer is prohibited.
  • Lab software that is copyrighted may not be copied.
  • Contact Library Technical Support (610-683-4167) to add paper or toner to the networked printer.
  • In the event of problems with software or equipment, notify Library Technical Support immediately.
  • Do not move, connect, disconnect, turn off, or change lab equipment.
  • Always copy personal files to network or external drives.
  • The Library accepts no responsibility for any damage or loss of data arising directly or indirectly from the use of the computer lab equipment.
  • Computer lab equipment may not be used for personal profit.
  • Food and beverages are prohibited in the lab.
  • Violation of any regulations or abuse of equipment will be reported to the proper authorities and may result in suspension or revocation of lab privileges. The Library Administration reserves the right to bar any user from the lab for violating these regulations, the policies of the University, or for inappropriate behavior.
  • Users are responsible for any damage incurred to any computer equipment while in use. In the event of severe damage or loss, users will be charged the replacement value of the equipment. The Library accepts no responsibility for any damage or loss of data arising directly or indirectly from the use of the library computer equipment.


  • Policy Statement: The Information Commons Area of the library maintains laptops for student use within the library.


  • Rationale: Students need to have internet access throughout the library. Laptops are used to augment the supply of desktop computers already installed. In addition, laptops afford students the flexibility of being able to use a computer anywhere in the building.
  • Background:
    • The laptops are purchased with library funds and with money from the student technology fee. Laptops are not part of the program that replaces university computers every three years.
    • The standard KU computer lab image is installed on all laptops.
    • All laptops also include the program Deep Freeze which returns the computer to the original image every time the computer is booted. Any files stored by students on the hard drive are erased each time the computer boots up.

  • Procedures:
    • Laptops borrowed from the Information Commons Area cannot leave the building.
    • Students must present a KU ID or KU Library card to borrow a laptop
    • Laptops are for student use only unless a non-student user has special permission from the Director.
    • Students borrowing laptops receive three items: a laptop, a power cord, and an internet cable.
    • Students are responsible for any damage incurred to the laptop while it is charged to them.