This policy describes the ways in which members of the general public and other non-OU affiliates may use Oakland University (OU) Library computer systems, network, peripheral accessories, and computer accounts.
The computer equipment, systems, and network in the Library are primarily intended to support the research, learning, and teaching activities of current OU students, faculty, emeriti, and staff. In addition, the Library is committed to serving the research needs of the general public and other affiliated OU community members that cannot be served by area public libraries. The Library reserves the right, however, to give priority in service to current OU students, faculty, emeriti, and staff due to the high level of demand for limited equipment and resources.
All users who access computers and network resources in the Library must follow restrictions set forth in the University’s Acceptable Use Policy (entitled Use of University Information Technology Resources). The policy is posted on the Web at http://www.oakland.edu/policies/890.
For purposes of this policy, the “general public” is defined as those users of the Library who are: not current OU students, faculty, emeriti, and staff; and not current students, faculty, and staff of area partner institutions.
Access is limited to a “first come, first served” basis. Members of the general public must provide current photo identifications to receive temporary computer accounts. These temporary accounts will expire automatically and must be renewed upon each visit.