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Library Policies

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Library Computers

Library workstations and Internet connections are provided to support the curriculum and research activities of USI students, staff, and faculty. All of the computers in Rice Library are for research and coursework. When Library Computer Labs A and B are not reserved for instruction or training, the workstations in these rooms are also available for student use. The library reserves the right to ask users to release any computer that is being used to play a game,access personal e-mail, or is being used inappropriately.

The Rice Library is a wireless accessible building. Anyone who has a personal device may access the university's wireless network by opening a web browser and following the instructions for the appropriate device. For more detailed information go to

The full University data communication and computer use policy may be found at

Reviewed: November 2018
Responsible Unit: Administration

Laptops and Tablets for Students

A variety of laptops and tablets are available at the checkout counter for currently enrolled students. Students must present their USI Eagles Access card to borrow all devices. Students are required to have a signed responsibility form on file before borrowing any of the devices.

  • Laptops are loaned for a period of 4 hours for use within the library. They may be renewed 1 time unless others are waiting to use one. Students may ask for a mouse to be used with the laptops.
  • Tablets are loaned for 2 weeks and may be taken out of the library. Students must wait 24 hours before checking out another device. Exceptions will be made if there are plenty available for others to use.

All technology devices must be returned to the Library Services Counter. We request that they are handed to an employee, not just set on the counter.  Fines will be assessed for any overdue devices. Damage to any devices will be assessed and charged accordingly. Damaged devices remain the property of USI. The borrower is responsible for all charges and replacement costs should the device be lost or stolen while charged out.

If something is not working correctly, please report it when you return the device.

The library assumes no responsibility for files stored on the hard drive or the recovery of files accidentally left on the hard drive after laptops have been returned. All tablets are reset to library default settings when they are returned.

Reviewed: November 2018
Responsible Unit: Checkout

Equipment/Devices For Faculty and Staff

A variety of devices are available for use by faculty and staff. Devices may be borrowed for 2 weeks at a time; not kept indefinitely. Users must present their Eagle Access ID card at the time of checkout. Walk-in or call tocheck availability. If you have a future need for an item, please complete the online reservation form or you may call (812) 464-1913.

Reviewed: November 2018
Responsible Unit: Checkout

Guest Access

Anyone who has a personal device may access the university's wireless network. Guests should use the connection titled USIGuest. Open a web browser and follow the instructions for the appropriate device. For more detailed information go to

Guests who want full access to all of David L. Rice Library's online catalog and databases must log in at one of the desktop computers. Guests who would like to use one of the library's desktop computers will need to stop at the Library Services counter and ask for a guest password. These passwords generate and change daily.

  • Guest will need a valid and current state ID (such as a driver's license).
  • Because the passwords are shared passwords, users need to delete any saved files, documents, or personal passwords that they use during their session.
  • The library assumes no responsibility for files saved to computers under a guest login.

Reviewed January 2019
Responsible Unit: Checkout