Computer Use Policy

The Ryerson Student Computing Guidelines and the Code of Library Conduct provide a basis for this policy which is intended to address appropriate computer use and outline inappropriate use. The Library supports open access to the Internet for research purposes and the individual’s right to privacy, and at the same time bears responsibility for providing individuals an environment free of discrimination and harassment in which to work and study. Additionally, the Library bears responsibility for effective management of University and Library resources.

All patrons and users of computers in the Ryerson Library must abide by applicable University and Library policies. These include: Ryerson Student Computing Guidelines; Discrimination and Harassment Policy; Student Code of Non-Academic Conduct and the Code of Library Conduct.

Appropriate Access and Use

  • The Ryerson Library computing resources are primarily for the research needs of Ryerson University students, faculty and staff. More specifically, public access computers are provided primarily for Library-related activities, i.e., to access Library catalogues, databases, websites, and to connect to Library-licensed digital resources and to Library-related links.
  • Print and downloading capabilities are provided. There is a fee for printing.
  • Users are expected to observe relevant copyright laws and regulations.

Examples of Inappropriate Use

  • Monopolizing computer resources, i.e., using more than one computer at a time; spending an inordinate amount of time on a computer when others are waiting; using a computer for recreational purposes (e.g. game playing) when others are waiting.
  • Installing software unless specifically approved by library staff.
  • Attempting to bypass system restrictions or tampering with system files or applications. Unauthorized access to system files. Attempting to disrupt the integrity of the system.
  • Violating Library and University regulations or policies. For example, the Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy, prohibits offensive screens and emails since they contribute to a poisoned environment.
  • Unauthorized copying of copyright-protected materials.