Rice Library


Library Computers and Electronic Resources


  • Library workstations, databases, 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; some are located on the main floor near librarians who can assist users with questions and on the other 3 floors of the library. For these reasons, the library reserves the right to ask users to release any computer that is being used to play a game or access personal e-mail, or is being used inappropriately.

  • Those users who want to access any of the Microsoft Office programs may also use the computers in the library's Electronic Classrooms, designated as Lab A and Lab B, when not in use for Library Instruction. Other computer labs are available on campus. To find out the hours and availability of campus computer labs, go to the Computer Center's Computer Labs web site.

When using the library computers please abide by the following:

  • Internet access privileges are provided for educational and research purposes only. Patrons who abuse privileges will be blocked from further access.
  • Music should not be played at any sound level that is audible to any other person. Headphones need to have the volume adjusted so others cannot hear the sound. Headphones are available for checkout at the Checkout counter on the main floor.
  • Due to the public nature of libraries, individuals should demonstrate respect for others' rights to privacy and freedom from intimidation or harassment. You are asked to be sensitive to the fact that some on-screen images, sounds, or messages create an atmosphere of intimidation or harassment for others. Library staff may take steps to maintain an environment conducive to study and research.
  • No food allowed, drinks allowed only in approved containers. Ask at reference or checkout to verify your drink container.
  • For their own safety no unsupervised children may be permitted in the library.
  • Be considerate of others waiting to use the computers; do not monopolize a workstation when others are waiting.
  • Leave the setup as you find it; do not reconfigure, change display colors/backgrounds, install/uninstall software or in any way change the setup of the computers.
  • Treat the equipment and furniture carefully. For more details on University policy on computer use, click on (Computer Center Lab Rules)