Internet Use Policies

Our Purpose

Computer use has become an integral part of many Library activities. While some computing is still done on individual machines, information also resides on the Internet. Information and resources on the Internet enhance those already held in any library and often go beyond what is locally available. Some guidelines for making optimum use of these resources on the computers in Moffett Library are listed below.

Your Responsibilities

Since the Internet is a global electronic network, there is no national, state, or local control of its users or content. The Internet and its available resources contain a wide variety of material and opinions from diverse points of view. Moffett Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. Free access to the Internet is compatible with Moffett Library's endorsement of the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association. Specifically, The library does not censor your access to materials or protect you from information that may be offensive or incorrect, but please be considerate of others who might find what you are viewing offensive.

Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information You need to be a good information consumer questioning the validity of the information you retrieve. In particular, parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children's use of the Internet through the Library's connection.

Guidelines for Using the Internet

  • Do no share your computer passwords, accounts, and other types of authorizations with others.
  • Do not attempt to change any software or hardware configuration on these machines.
  • Do not use your own software programs on the Library machines and do not add or download any program, file, or virus to the hard drive of the Library machines.
  • Do not engage in any activity which is legally offensive, libelous, or slanderous, or use the machines for any illegal or criminal purposes.
  • For purposes of security, it may be necessary that use of the system will be monitored or
    recorded. All monitored or recorded activities and sessions are considered confidential to the user and MSU administration, except as evidence in a legal proceeding.
  • Use of the Library machines is on a first come, first serve basis at this time. Be considerate of your fellow users, if others are waiting, do not monopolize the machines.
  • Use of these machines is not restricted to MSU students at this time although students, staff, and faculty do have first priority on the machines. Non-MSU users may be asked to stop using the terminals if necessary so that MSU students can use them.
  • There are printers available for MSU students in the various campus labs. You may also use your own disks to download files. The machines can use USB drives. In some databases, you can also e-mail information to other machines.
  • Warning: Software downloaded from the Internet may contain a virus and you need to have virus-checking software on your computer.

Internet Functions We Support

Moffett Library uses the World Wide Web browser Internet Explorer as its primary connection to the Web. Library staff are available to help you with startup steps and basic usage but because of library scheduling, Internet-trained staff may not always be available.

We cannot control the availability of information links that often change rapidly. That means you may not always be able to go to the places on the Internet you want to visit when you want to visit. There may be too many Internet visitors and the host computer has closed itself off. The resource you want may be licensed to that particular institution, in which case you would need to be affiliated with the institution in order to get access, or maybe the computer has changed its address. Our own library's Internet connection may be temporarily inoperable due to technical difficulties.

Internet Functions We Do Not Support

The Library does not provide or allow electronic mail accounts, Internet relay chats, or newsgroups to be accessed from our computers.

You and the Copyright Laws

  • U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of "fair use."
  • Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials (including electronic mail, text, images, programs or data) without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.
  • Any responsibility for the consequences of copyright infringement lies with you the user.

Sanctions You Might Face

  • Misuse of the computers or Internet access may result in loss of your library privileges.
  • Illegal acts involving Library computing resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.


  • Moffett Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of the World Wide Web server or from its connections to other Internet services.
  • Moffett Library reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

Have fun exploring the Internet but please remember that many times you will find the specific information you need more quickly right here in Moffett Library's own books and periodicals.