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Computer Use Policy

  • WCU students, faculty and staff have first priority.
  • Library computers are to be used to support academic research and studies.
    • Game playing and other nonacademic activities are not permitted at any time.
    • E-mail, word processing, and other applications are also available in the IT Help Desk in Anderson Hall.
  • Patrons may not:
    • Install or activate software utilities.
    • Install or activate programs not already publicly available.
    • Alter or delete installed programs or utilities.
    • Alter the appearance of the desktop.
  • One patron may not use more than one workstation at a time or use more than one workstation in a serial fashion that discourages others from making use of workstations. This use includes unattended downloads.
  • Food and drinks are not permitted at any Library computer.
  • All users are asked to limit their search sessions to 45 minutes or less. Patrons who exceed this limit may be asked to relinquish the workstation if other library users are waiting.
  • Young children must be accompanied by an adult (18 or over). Adults supervising children need to be aware that Internet sites are not blocked since the intended use of the Internet is for research and academic purposes. Unsupervised access could result in access to information or images that parents may find inappropriate for their children.
  • Please work quietly and courteously.


Anyone who disregards these policies will be asked to leave the library. Disregard of policies may result in the suspension of library access and privileges.


  • Six RamPrint printers are provided for students on FHG Library's Main (second) floor, one RamPrint printer in the IMC, and one near Starbucks.
  • Printing is free however, there is a print limit of 125 pages per week per person on campus.
  • Print only what is needed for academic work.
  • Use Print Preview to determine the total number of pages to be printed and to choose specific pages to print. In both Word and PowerPoint there are options to print multiple pages on one sheet. Ask for assistance at the Library Help Desk.
  • Duplex (two-sided) printing is the default on RamPrint printers.


  • Data from the Internet and Library Databases can be saved to USB flash drives.
  • USB flash drives can be purchased at the FHG Library circulation desk or University bookstore.

Emailing of Data

Most of the library research databases provide an ability to email results. You may also cut and paste to your email. Ask for assistance at the Research Help Desk.

Accessible Workstations

  • Accessible workstations for WCU students, faculty, and staff are located in both the QVC and Reference computer locations.
  • Please ask at the Research Help Desk for an accessible workstation if you are a member of the public.

E-resources Guest Access Policy

Guest access to the University Libraries’ electronic resources including databases, eBooks, journals, and streaming materials is limited to the community computer stations. Please note that even in the library, some databases are restricted by license to current West Chester University faculty, staff, and students. A guest access account is required to log into the library’s electronic resources and is provided at the community computers. Printing is only available to current West Chester University faculty, staff, and students. Guests may email or download resources to a flash drive in compliance with the University Libraries’ electronic resources license terms. Excessive use and downloading may prompt a publisher to deny access to their licensed content to the entire West Chester University Community.