Public Use Computer Policy

Public Use Computer Policy

The UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management provides access to local, national and international resources that support the teaching, research, patient care and public service missions of UCSF. 

Priority Policy

The faculty, students and staff of UCSF receive priority access to Library services, including access to Library workstations and Internet resources. 

Members of the general public and anyone who is not affiliated with UCSF have access on a space-available basis to workstations in the Mission Bay and Parnassus libraries.

Appropriate Access and Use

Public access computers are provided primarily to assist the general public with their medical research; i.e., to access Library catalogs, databases and to connect to UCSF Library-licensed digital resources and to other Library-related links. 

Computer Access Registration and Privacy Policy

To use the public computers members of the public and anyone who is not affiliated with UCSF must register for an account at the Service Desk by showing a business, school or government picture ID.  This account does not provide any other library privileges beyond a 2-hour PIN for access to a Library computer.

Once registered, the user may request  a 2-hour PIN for the day, to be used in a single session at either the Parnassus Library or the Mission Bay Library.

No PINs will be recorded or otherwise  linked with a specific user account. We protect each users right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received or resources consulted.  

For more information, please see Privacy Policy.

User Responsibilities

The use of Library resources is a privilege and requires that individual users act responsibly. Users must respect the rights of other users, the integrity of the systems and related physical resources, and observe all applicable state and federal laws, university policy, and contractual obligations. 

General Disclaimer

Users of Library resources assume all responsibility and risk for the use of those resources. UCSF disclaims all warranties, representations and endorsements, express or implied, with regard to information accessed from or via Library resources, including but not limited to all express and implied warranties, including the warranty of title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, and freedom from computer virus. UCSF does not assume any liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of the information disclosed at or accessed through Library resources. In no event shall UCSF be liable for any direct, special, indirect, or consequential damages, or any other damages of whatsoever kind resulting from whatever cause, including but not limited to loss of use, loss of profits, loss of data, or theft of or damage to laptop computers, whether in an action under theories of contract, negligence, or strict liability, or otherwise, arising out of or in any way in connection with the use or performance of the information on, or accessed through, Library resources. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties in certain situations, so the foregoing disclaimer may or may not apply to you, either in whole or in part. 

Reference in Library resources to any products, services, processes, hypertext links, or other information, by trade name, trade mark, manufacturer, supplier, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply the University of California, San Francisco's endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation.