Conditions for Use of Public Researcher Workstations at the Library
The Library of Congress provides access to the Internet in designated
locations in the Library as a resource for Library researchers,
including Congress and the public. This statement is intended to
notify all Library researchers of some of their responsibilities
in using public workstations at the Library of Congress. The Library
does not assume or accept liability for any violations of these
conditions by researchers. Each researcher is solely responsible
for the legal implications of his or her activities.
Much of the material available over the Internet is affected by
federal and state laws, such as copyright, privacy, and contract
terms. By using public workstations in the Library of Congress,
researchers acknowledge that their activities are subject to all
applicable Library of Congress policies and regulations as well
as local, state, and federal laws such as copyright, security, obscenity,
defamation, privacy, and other applicable laws. All Library of Congress
resources and facilities shall be used only for their primarily
intended purpose of scholarly research or education. Researchers
are expected to use these facilities in a responsible manner consistent
with network etiquette, customs, and courtesies.
The Library reserves the right to place restrictions on the use
of its computers and network systems in response to complaints presenting
evidence of violations of the law or Library policies or regulations.
The Library reserves the right to revoke access to its resources
or facilities if applicable Library policies, contract terms, or
laws are violated. The Library neither employs filtering software
nor actively monitors communications posted from Library-owned workstations.
The Library of Congress is for use by researchers over high school
age. In certain circumstances, in accordance with LCR 815-1, senior
high school students may be admitted with special permission.
The copyright law of the United States governs the use of copyrighted
materials on the Internet. Library researchers may not copy, distribute,
transmit, download, or publicly perform or display copyrighted materials
without the consent of the copyright owner, except as permitted
under fair use (17 U.S.C. 107). Library researchers are personally
liable for any copyright infringement they commit while using the
Internet via Library facilities.
Copying, Uploading or Downloading Files, Electronic Mail
The Library permits research-related email only. The use of chat
rooms and any other non-research related activity is not permitted.
Researchers are permitted to download files and programs to their
own disks when consistent with copyright and other applicable law.
The Library does not vouch for the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness
of information obtained through the Internet. Accuracy of information
is the responsibility of the originator or producer, and assessing
accuracy and timeliness of information is the responsibility of