Library Use Policy

Use of Library Computers

The Munday Library supports the University’s teaching, educational, and research functions. The library provides computer equipment for academic uses such as accessing the library collections and other information resources, facilitating academic communication. The following rules apply to use of computer equipment with the library and supplement St. Edward’s University’s Technology and Information Policy.

  1. Electronic resources available through the Munday Library are licensed for noncommercial use by SEU faculty, staff, students and on-site users. The terms and conditions of the library’s agreements with the vendors and publishers of these electronic resources regulate the use of these resources. These conditions include, but are not limited to, restrictions on copying, republishing, altering, redistributing and reselling the information contained therein. 
  2. Priority use of the Library Instruction Classroom is to support teaching about Library-related research and resources to students and staff. When the room is not reserved for a class, it functions as a computer lab for St. Edward’s University’s students.
  3. The library does not monitor or control the information accessed through the Internet, and cannot be held responsible for its content. As with other library materials, any restriction of a minor’s access to and use of the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.
  4. Library visitors who want guest access to computers must sign in at the library information desk.  Guests must present a valid government ID (driver's license or passport).

Confidentiality of Library Records

The Munday Library protects the rights of library users to view and read materials without fear of intrusion, intimidation, or reprisal as stated in the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics, Item 3:

We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired, or transmitted.

To safeguard our patrons in their use of library materials, Munday Library specifically recognizes that its circulation records and other records identifying the name of library users are confidential in nature.

Such records are accessible only to appropriate library staff members and, according to the Texas Open Records Act and Federal privacy law, may only be disclosed as follows:

  1. to members of the library staff in the ordinary course of business;
  2. upon written consent of the user of the library materials;
  3. upon appropriate court order or subpoena or search warrant as determined by the Library Director and/or the Academic Vice President.

This policy applies to all library records, including, but not limited to, the circulation of library materials, computer database searches, interlibrary loan transactions, information requests, requests for photocopies of library materials, title reserve request, or any in-house use of materials.

Additional Resources Regarding Library Confidentiality

Texas Library Association Intellectual Freedom Handbook

Assistive Technology and Other Accessibility Services

The Munday Library houses technologies to facilitate academic research and alternate format access to academic materials for users with a variety of vision, hearing, and/or mobility related disabilities. There are wheelchair accessible computers located on the first floor of the library.

Assistive Technologies in the Library 

Screen Reading Software

Kurzweil 3000 - be sure to log in as "student1" in the pull down menu after the login prompt.

Scanning Equipment

Kurzweil 3000

Magnification Equipment

Aladdin - a black and white video magnifier designed for use by people who have visual impairments (including "legal blindness") which make it difficult or impossible to read ordinary printed materials.

Staff

Staff at the Library Information Desk are able to provide assistance in the use of equipment and can help in selecting and using academic resources. Library users who do not know how to independently operate the assistive technology in the Munday Library (particularly first-time users) should call in advance to schedule an appointment with a member of the library staff (512) 416-5869 for an orientation to the equipment. Specific contact people for assistive technology are Margaret Warner and Kacy Liles.

Hours of Operation

The Munday Library’s assistive technology resources are available whenever the Munday Library is open, and no appointment is required.

Other Services for Users with Disabilities

Materials Retrieval

Libary staff will pull materials from the stacks for users who are unable to reach or locate materials by themselves. Whenever possible we retrieve materials immediately, but at times we may need twenty-four hours to provide this service. To ensure prompt service contact the library at (512) 416-5869 to schedule an appointment.

Physical Assistance

Library staff will remove physical barriers whenever possible. If barriers exist, please notify library staff and staff will provide necessary assistance whenever possible.

Personalized Services

The Munday Library will provide equal access, but individuals are responsible for independently using library resources. Library staff cannot provide personal reading, photocopying, typing, or note-taking services. Please plan to bring your own assistant if you require support for these services.

Faculty Services

Faculty needing assistance in making course materials accessible should consult the Faculty Resource Center (512) 464-8804 or instcom@stedwards.edu. The Faculty Resource Center also maintains information about web accessibility.

If you need a service not mentioned, please ask at the Library Information Desk or phone the library at (512) 416-5869.

Privacy

To protect an individual’s privacy, library personnel may not retrieve items from backpacks, personal clothing, or other personal effects. Please have items such as pen drives or Hilltopper card readily available.

For other services on campus:

Unattended Children

The collections and facilities of the Munday Library are intended primarily for the students, faculty, and staff of St. Edward’s University. We strive to provide an environment that is pleasant and conducive to study and research. For their safety, all children under the age of 16 must be under the direct and appropriate supervision of a parent at all times, or an adult who has assumed responsibility for the child’s care while in the Munday Library. If a child is found unattended or unaccompanied, the staff will attempt to locate the parent, caregiver, or guardian in the library. If the parent, caregiver, or guardian cannot be located, the library staff will call the St. Edward’s University Police to pick up the child. Under no circumstances will library staff transport any child from the library to another location.