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Earl S. Richardson Library: Library IT Services

About IT

The Earl S. Richardson Library Information Technology (IT) Help Desk is the first point of contact for students, faculty, and staff seeking assistance with computer issues and information concerning Library IT resources. Requests for support can be made in person at the IT Help Desk, or by calling the Help Desk number 443-885-3849. 

General Use Laboratory (Room 118)

This microcomputer laboratory has a capacity of 60 users. The laboratory is for general academic use, internet access, and access to common application software. Its purpose is to support the instruction and research needs of library patrons.

Instruction Laboratory (Room 117)

This microcomputer laboratory has capacity of 25 users. Its use is based on reservation and main lab overflow. Printing is also available.

Mitchell Room/Quiet Study Room (Rm 120)

This microcomputer laboratory has a capacity of 12 user and additional seating that can be used for study. This is the only area in the library where eating and drinking is permitted. Food and Beverage vending machines are on site. Printing services are also available.

Equipment and Software

60 computers Operating System Windows XP and a few with Windows 7 Web Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer v.7 and Mozilla Programs: Microsoft Office 2007 with Office applications includes Word (word processor), Excel (spreadsheet), Power Point (presentations), Publisher (desktop publishing), and Access (database) Adobe Reader 9

Computer Guest Accounts

  • All computer users must follow Morgan State University Library's computer use policies
  • Library visitors may receive a Guest Login at Help Desk (behind the elevators) during all hours the library is open
  • A photo identification and proof of current address must be presented to register

The library reserves the right to refuse any guest account application or revoke any library guest account, if the owner fails to abide by all computing and network policies of Morgan State University Library.

Do not share your guest account username and password with anyone. All lost or stolen guest accounts should be reported immediately to the Information Desk or (443) 885-3450.

Groups, scheduled to use the library, should contact the office of the Assistant Director of Library Information Technology about setting up Guest Computer Accounts for their participants.

Library Printing 101

Changing the Print Settings

Computer Lab Policies

  • All computer users must follow Morgan State University Computer Use Policy.
  • Users, who are not properly logged on, discovered switching usernames or sharing accounts will not be allowed to use the system
  • Internet chatting, game playing and pornography will not be tolerated in the lab. Any student caught violating these rules will lose his/her PC Lab privileges. Infractions will be treated on a case by case basis and at the discretion of the Asst. Director of Library Information Technology
  • No foods or drinks allowed inside the labs at any time!
  • DO NOT leave your personal belongings at the computer.
  • Profanity will not be tolerated.
  • Disruptive students will be asked to leave and University Police may be called in such situations.
  • Do not change any system configurations. No use or installation of unapproved software on the computer systems.
  • The lab is not to be used for any commercial activities.
  • The library is not responsible for the content of materials accessed on the Internet.
  • No destruction of property to the computer lab equipment.
  • Keep your voices down, because others are trying to do their work.
  • Please keep your work area neat and clean, free of trash and excess printouts
  • Dispose of unwanted papers in the recycle bin.
  • Users must log off the system before leaving the labs.
  • All services shut down fifteen minutes before library closing.
  • Announcements will be made before closing.

Computer Use Policies

The Morgan State University Library computers are provided to enable library users to access the collections and other information resources and services in support of curriculum and research needs.

Morgan State University Library computers are made available on a priority basis to faculty, staff, and students for university research and instruction. While there are no specific time limitations, the Library staff reserves the right to give computer priority use to those who are engaged in class work assignments and research.

Morgan State University Library deems  the use of  Library computers for recreational purposes such as game playing or chat sessions deters others from using workstations for educational or research purposes. The Library may intervene to ensure optimal access to computers for educational and research purposes.

Morgan State University Library requires Library computer users to respect the rights and sensibilities of all library users. Some Internet sites are inappropriate for viewing in a public setting. Users should refrain from the use of Internet sounds and visuals that may disrupt the ability of other library patrons to use the library and its resources.

Morgan State University software is copyrighted and may not be reproduced. Users may not load their own or any other software on library equipment. This includes, but is not limited to, disks that are checked out, disks in books that may be checked out, and disks in reference materials that must remain in the library. Users are not permitted to store any software or other data on the hard drives of the library's computers or alter the programs currently installed on the systems. Anyone tampering with any library hardware or software will be denied access to library computers in the future, and also may lose their library privileges

Morgan State University Library depends on individuals using the resources appropriately and in accordance with general university policies and local, state, and federal laws. Examples of applicable laws, rules and policies include the laws of libel, privacy, copyright, trademark, and child pornography:

The Library will report infractions of these policies to the Office of Student Affairs or the appropriate law-enforcement agency. Any infraction could result in the loss of library privileges and disciplinary action.

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