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Technology Services: Desktop Computers

University/College Library Technology Services

Windows Computers

  • Internet access is available on most computers throughout the library.
  • Computers in the Reference area on the first floor are primarily for research use. While e-mail may be available on the reference computers, priority is given to those doing research if others are waiting.
  • Patrons must observe U/C LIBRARY, BC, and FAU computer policies, as well as local, state, and federal laws regarding pornography. The library’s Computer Use Policy is at http://www.broward.edu/studentresources/lrc/Documents/Laptop_Loan_Guidelines.pdf.
  • BC and FAU students can also check out a wireless laptop from the ASC to use within the building.

FAU Desktop PC Access

FAU students, please use this link to learn more about the services available to you at the U/C Library.

Apple iMacs

Six iMacs are available in Room 162.

They have the Microsoft Office suite:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • Powerpoint

and several high end graphics programs from Adobe, including

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop

Computer Policy

Rules Governing Use

The following are examples of the types of activities which
are prohibited: Any unauthorized or deliberate action, which
damages or disrupts normal use and service, alters normal
performance, or causes a malfunction. (e.g., the willful
introduction of "viruses" or other disruptive or destructive
programs; damaging the hardware or software of a 
workstation; reconfiguring hardware or software, or
connecting one’s personal computer or laptop to the network.)

Displaying images, sound, or text, which disrupt or create an
atmosphere of distress or harassment to other patrons or
staff. Committing illegal or unethical acts, including
unauthorized entry into other computers or unauthorized use
of another individual’s identification and password.

Using computers for commercial purposes or financial gain
including but not limited to offering for sale any products or
services, soliciting for advertisers or sponsors, or 
transmitting any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising or
promotional material (e.g., “junkmail,” “spam,” “chain
letters” etc.). Using reference computers for recreational
activities such as Chat or Gaming activities, MOOs, MUDs, etc.

Violating local, state, federal law or regulation, or college or
university policy, including the access or transmission of any
material is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to
threatening, abusive, defamatory, harassing, hateful, 
libelous, vulgar, or obscene material. Sexually explicit 
materials or child pornography are not constitutionally 
protected speech.

The U.S. Supreme Court and the Florida Supreme Court have
defined obscene material as that which:

a) The average person, applying contemporary community
    standards, would find, taken as a whole, appeals to the
    prurient interest;

b) Depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual
    conduct as defined in Chapters 815 and 847
    Florida Statutes; http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/

c) Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political,
    or scientific value.

Violating copyright laws, fair use provisions through
inappropriate reproduction or dissemination of licensed or
copyrighted text, images, etc., violating software license 
agreements, or material protected by trade secret.
Everything on the Internet is to be considered copyrighted
or licensed.