State Library of South Australia

Computer usage policy

Our State Library computers are provided for use to our customers for a variety of purposes. Some computers may be used for email and web browsing while others are used for research only. Some computers need to be booked whilst others don't - depending on the nature of your computer usage.

Computer usage clauses

A booking time-limit applies for most State Library Computers:

  • Express computers are limited to 30 minutes.
  • Other computers may be booked for up to 2 hours.
  • There is no limit to search State Library catalogue computers.
  • For equitable access to computers for all users, there is a total time limit of 2 hours per day per person.

State Library computers are not to be used for:

  • games
  • downloading music or software
  • accessing inappropriate (obscene, offensive or defamatory) websites.

Access to the internet by children under the age of 18 is the responsibility of the child's parent or guardian.

State Library computers do not allow access to the Hard Drive.

For security reasons, computers are automatically wiped of all data when a user logs off. Any files saved locally on the computers will not be recoverable.

Computer applications are provided on the assumption that customers know how to use them. Information Desk staff are unable to provide more than basic assistance to customers using software applications. 

Customers are requested to respect the designated uses of each computer and to comply with any specific conditions of use for designated machines and not tamper with computer security or change established settings.

Offensive or obscene material

Regulation 6 of the Libraries Regulations 1998 states that:

A person must not use a computer that is the property of the Board and is situated on library premises -

(a) to transmit any material that is defamatory, obscene or offensive; or

(b) to knowingly access obscene material.

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