Computers on the library network offer high-speed access to the Internet in support of academic research. The Library's public computer equipment is provided to enable library users to access library collections and other information resources and services in support of curriculum and research needs. Laptop computers may be checked out by SCCC students, faculty, and staff for wireless access to the Internet via secure login. Library databases do not require login when used from library computers and from the student labs.
Use of computing resources is a privilege that depends on individuals using the resources appropriately and in accordance with College policies and local, state, and federal laws. These laws and policies cover such areas as illegal access to computer systems, networks, and files; copyright; and harassment issues.
Users who refuse to comply with the following guidelines may be asked to leave the library:
Due to limited resources, library computers are reserved for the exclusive use of Seattle Central Community College students, faculty, and staff. Library staff may approach individuals or make general announcements to ensure that computers are available for students doing research related to coursework at Seattle Central.
At the discretion of a librarian, visitors may use the computers for brief periods for college-related purposes, such as:
Visitors who have been observed using the computers for purposes other than college-related research will be asked to stop using the library’s computers for the day.
The Library promotes individual intellectual freedom. As part of an academic institution serving students, faculty, and staff, the library balances the right of the individual to pursue information with its mission to provide an atmosphere for teaching and learning.
Use of library computers for purposes other than course-related research (e.g., personal e-mail or research) is allowed on a space available basis as long as the use does not interfere with student research. Due to the public nature of the Library, anyone using a computer in the library should demonstrate respect for individuals’ rights to privacy and freedom from intimidation or harassment.
The Library may take steps to maintain an environment conducive to study and research.
Librarians will use four factors to determine when a user should be prevented from viewing content on computers in the library. If the content is suspected of including images of child pornography or obscenity, campus security is notified immediately. Otherwise the following factors apply:
Factors in favor of allowing the use:
Factors in favor of suspending use:
Adapted with permission from "UW Libraries - Computer Use Policy."
Revised Code of Washington (RCW)
Washington Administrative Code (WAC) - Rules and regulations for all state agencies
The consumption of food and beverages is prohibited in all public areas of the library. This includes, but is not limited to:
Exception: Users may carry and drink from a no-spill container, such as a cup or bottle with a lid. Users may be asked to leave their food and open beverage containers at the Circulation Desk.
Exceptions to the uses described above must be approved by a Librarian, a Library Supervisor or the Library Dean.
All study rooms have a large monitor that can connect to a laptop. Students must check out cables from the Circulation desk. Rooms also have whiteboards on the wall, and students can check out markers from the circulation desk.
Room S has an adjustable height table.
The Library strives to provide a variety of study and research environments for its users in order to satisfy both contemplative and collaborative needs. Loud voices, ringing cell phones or other disturbances that prevent others from pursuing their study or research goals are prohibited.
Appropriate noise levels for various library locations are listed below:
The public address system is reserved for official library communication and emergencies only. When a page is requested, a librarian will decide if a situation warrants the use of the public address system or a physical search of the library for a patron. If a librarian is not available, a supervisor or full-time technician will make the decision.
The library may refer non-emergency requests to page individuals to Campus Security.