Computers & Printing
  • Computer Use Policies
  • Printing in the Library
  • Photocopying
  • Public Computer Use

The OCOM Library provides computers to support patrons' academic computing needs. These computers offer access to the online library catalog, databases, the Internet, and essential computer programs. Research or schoolwork takes precedence over personal or recreational use such as email. Outside software may not be installed by patrons to these computers nor can users change any configurations on the library computers. Computer users must save any materials to their personal storage devices. Outside software including any program from the Internet is prohibited from being installed or downloaded on the library computers.

The library also provides free wireless access. The network is password protected; library staff will provide patrons with the access code to use this service.

The OCOM computers and/or OCOM wireless network may not be used to solicit for commercial ventures, religious or political causes, outside organizations, nor to be used to create, display, or print any message or information which is offensive to others and is based on race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, religious, or political beliefs. The user of the library computer also needs to be aware of copyright infringement if use of such materials in excess of fair use.

Library computers are connected to a networked laser jet printer. Printing costs $0.10 per page and is due before leaving the library.

Library users have access to a copy machine. Copies cost $0.10 per page, which is due before leaving the library. Students, staff and faculty with a valid OCOM email address may use this machine as a scanner and send digital files to their OCOM email address.

Printing and copying charges may be added onto a student's library account if they do not have cash on hand, but all alumni and members of the general public must pay at the time of printing.

You can photocopy individual pages of almost anything in the library for research / personal use, but the following are prohibited by the Copyright Act:

(A) Unauthorized copying may not be used to create or to replace or substitute for anthologies, compilations or collective works. A violation of the Copyright Act occurs regardless of whether copies of various works or excerpts there from are accumulated or are reproduced and used separately.

(B) Copying of or from works intended to be “consumable” in the course of study or of teaching is NOT authorized. These include workbooks, exercises, standardized tests and test booklets and answer sheets and like consumable material.

(C) Copying shall not:

  • Substitute for the purchase of books, publisher's reprints or journals
  • Be directed by higher authority; or
  • Be repeated with respect to the same item by the same teacher from term to term. (Marcus vs. Crowley, 695 F. 2d 1171 (9th Cir. 1983))

Members of the OCOM community who are not current students, staff or faculty may use the Library computers for up to two-hours per day; at the time of use, guests must show ID at the circulation desk to request a temporary user account. Due to the limited number of computer stations, guest access is awarded at the discretion of Library staff. OCOM students have priority for computer use, and guests may be asked to give up their seats if students are waiting to use a computer.