Computer Use Policy

Eugene McDermott Library provides computers for research using the Online Public Access Catalog, electronic databases, electronic journals, and the World Wide Web.  These computers are for scholarly research and educational purposes only.  Library computers may not be used for illegal, unauthorized, or commercial purposes as outlined in the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 33, Computer Crimes.

Access to the Library’s Online Public Access Catalog is available at public workstations throughout the Library.  Computers in the Information Commons of the Library are available to current UTD students, faculty, and staff.  Use of McDermott Library’s PCs requires a Net ID. Computers are available on a first-come basis and cannot be reserved in advance. 

Software Applications Available

The Library places site-licensed software on the Information Commons PCs for use in doing research, completing assignments, and viewing the Library’s electronic resources. Desktop software is not available on the Community Users Workstations.

Library users cannot install software on the PCs and must save their files to a disk or USB drive.  Any files saved to the hard drive will automatically be deleted when the PC is rebooted.  Library staff will not install software on PCs or laptops.

For a list of currently available software, check the Library’s website or ask at the Reference Desk.

Community User Workstations

Members of the public who are not current students, staff, or faculty of the University of Texas at Dallas may access the library’s electronic databases, e-journals, and e-books at one of our designated community user workstations. Users must present a valid government-issued photo ID at the Services Desk in order to be granted access to a workstation. Users who are under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.


  • You must have money on your Comet Card to print.
  • You can add money at the Cash Value machine near the 2nd floor Copy Center, at the Sonora Microcomputer Lab on the first floor of McDermott Library or at the Comet Center on the second floor of the Student Union.
  • Click the print button or follow onscreen printing instructions. (For PDF files use the Adobe acrobat printer icon.)
  • Type in your name and click "OK." Enter a password ONLY if you would like to protect your print job from being viewed by others.
  • Pay for your printouts at any of the printer terminals in the 2nd floor Copy Center using the money on your Comet Card.
  • Cost of printing with the card is $0.06 per side.
  • Double-sided printing is NOT available.
  • The cost for color printing is $1.00 per side.  Color prints can be paid for and retrieved from the Color Printer in the Copy Center.

Using Electronic Resources: Acceptable Use Guidelines

On Campus Access to Computers and Licensed Electronic Products
The Library endeavors to license access to electronic resources for the entire University, including remote access through the proxy server, where at all possible. The Library will make every effort to avoid licensing resources for which access is limited by specific IP subranges or addresses, or that require the use of usernames and passwords. IP based authentication offers all current members of the UTD community practical, on demand, uninterrupted, unmediated, and seamless access to the Library’s electronic collections. Electronic resources are provided as tools for research, teaching, and study. Commercial use, systematic or excessive downloading, redistribution of electronic information to non-subscribers are all expressly prohibited. Both the Library and electronic resource providers closely monitor the University's account activity. Violations can result in suspension or cancellation of access.

Copyright and Licensing Restrictions
The Library undertakes contracts on behalf of the University community with the understanding that all UTD users will respect United States copyright law.

No copyrighted work may be copied, published, disseminated, displayed, performed or played without permission of the copyright holder except in accordance with Fair Use as defined in Title 17 of the US Code and the Library’s licensing agreement with the vendor.  

Use of any software designed to automatically browse the web, record web browsing activity, or systematically download content for offline use is expressly forbidden and jeopardizes the entire University community's continued access to all electronic resources.

Off-Campus Access
Off campus access to the Library’s electronic resources is restricted to currently-registered UT-Dallas students, and current employees including faculty. Legally-binding contracts limit the access the Library is able to provide. If you are a currently-registered UT-Dallas student, faculty or staff, and you are having problems accessing one of the databases, ejournals, or ebooks that the Library has subscribed, please contact the Library at 972-883-2953.

UTD Libraries’ Internet Policy
The Internet, as an information resource, enables the UTD Libraries to provide information beyond the confines of its own collections. It allows access to ideas, information, and commentary from around the world. While the Internet offers a wealth of material that is personally, culturally, and professionally enriching to individuals of all ages, it also enables access to some material that may be offensive, disturbing, inaccurate, or illegal under U.S. law. The UTD Libraries cannot police this global network and takes no responsibility for its content. Each individual user must take responsibility for his or her activities on the Internet.
In accordance with the University’s Information Resources Department, internet access is available throughout the entire campus to currently-registered students, faculty, and staff only.  Use of the community user’s computer in the Library is restricted to the Library’s electronic resources. 

The use of the Internet must be consistent with the mission of the UTD Libraries, the policies of the University, and the laws of the State of Texas. These policies and laws include but are not limited to: