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Internet Access Policy

The primary purpose of Internet availability in the University of Tennessee Libraries is to provide access to information that will enhance and support the educational, instructional, and research activities of UTK students, faculty, and staff.

UT Libraries is creating a technologically advanced and challenging environment. This environment must protect the rights of library users, the University and its employees without compromising the values that we embrace. Those values are embodied in the First Amendment of the US Constitution and the ALA Library Bill of Rights.

Guiding Principles

  • UT Libraries provides electronic information access to students, faculty, scholars, and staff to support their teaching,learning, scholarship, and research UT Libraries Electronic Resource Use Policy
  • The University Libraries respects the privacy of users but can not guarantee it
  • The University Libraries neither restricts lawful access to materials nor protects library users from information they may find offensive


  • The use of open access workstations for primary library research and information seeking purposes has priority over all other uses
  • Members of the university community engaged in accessing library and other information resources have priority over other users
  • Members of the general public using open access workstations in the Libraries are subject to this policy and must observe the Libraries’ regulations
  • Library staff offer assistance, guidance, and instruction on using the Internet as a research and information resource
  • Library staff do not monitor and have no control over the information accessed on the workstations in the Libraries’ buildings
  • Children using UT Libraries’ resources must be accompanied by a responsible adult
  • All uses of computing and networking resources must be legal and conform to the UT Use of Information Technology Resources Policy IT0110
  • All disruptive or harassing users may be subject to arrest or removal by law enforcement officials and to revocation of computer and /or library access privileges. University students or employees engaging in disruptive or harassing behavior may be subject to additional University disciplinary action.