Guest Computer Access

Federal Government Agencies increasingly are placing their publications on the web. Many of these publications are not distributed to depository libraries in tangible (print) format. The OSU library catalog contains a growing number of records for "Internet-only" government publications. Also the OhioLINK catalog contains records for many of the "Internet-only" publications from the GPO.  In order to access these documents via OSU networked computers in OSU Libraries it is necessary to authenticate by OSU username and password.  Non-OSU affiliated users can do so via a Guest Authentication Account available from the Circulation Desks at each OSU library location.  This authorization allows non-OSU users to login to the OSU libraries network.  Because the availability of guest accounts may be restricted during times of peak library usage (such as at end of semester and Exam Week), it is wise to check ahead concerning pass availability.  Guest users wishing to use Government Information/Documents must self identify at the time they request a guest authorization and show a valid picture ID such as a U.S. driver's license, State of Ohio ID, School ID, or passport.  The guest account authorization must be used in the location where it is issued and is non-transferable.  It is good for a set amount of time and will automatically expire at the end of that time period.  Internet access is provided as a courtesy to guest users for purposes of scholarly research.  Users are required to follow the policy on Responsible Use of University Computing and Network Resources.

Application software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, etc. as well as, adaptive software for those that are visually challenged is available on most public workstations.

The following rules apply to using computers within the University Libraries

Computing resources in the University Libraries are provided primarily for the use of the students, staff, and faculty of the Ohio State University and for the public use of the United States Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Collection.  To help manage the availability of Internet computers for this purpose, chat groups, dating services, and online games are not permitted.

OSU students, staff, and faculty have priority for all computers.  The Library reserves the right to refrain from issuing guest access and/or limit the amount of time a guest may occupy a computer during periods of high demand, to be determined at the discretion of Library staff.  To access U.S. Federal information, consult circulation staff in Thompson Library.  (614) 292-OSUL (6785)  Guests are expected to comply when asked by Library staff to relinquish a computer.

The University Libraries reserves the right to deny use of computers and/or to have non-compliant patrons leave the library if they are found to be in violation of any part of this policy.  Misconduct includes, but is not limited viewing of pornographic materials as well as loud, threatening or disruptive behavior (see Customer Code of Conduct).  Such misconduct will be reported to Library Security and University Police as appropriate.  Repeat offenders and/or abuse of guest accounts will result in denial of future access privileges.

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