Santa Clara County Law Library

Internet and Computer Aided Legal Research Rules and Guidelines



Internet services available for legal research ONLY:


The Law Library makes the Internet available to its patrons for legal research ONLY. The Law Library's Internet service is NOT available for any other uses or purposes, including, but not limited to, games, videos, instant messaging, email, and chat rooms. Persistent violators will be banned from using library electronic resources.

Limited free usage and charges for additional usage:


  1. Patrons are granted one session up to one hour of continuous free internet computer usage per day.
  2. Free session must be taken in one sitting (no splitting time).
  3. If no one else is waiting to use the computers, additional usage may be purchased for $2.00 each additional half hour, or any part thereof.
  4. The person who signs in to use the terminal must use it. Patrons may not sign up for free time and then transfer their time to another patron.

Chromebooks


  1. Patrons may check out a Chromebook free for the first hour and $2.00 per each subsequent half hour (30 minutes), or any part thereof (max. $10.00 per day).
  2. Or, patrons may checkout a Chromebook for $10.00 per day.
  3. It is up to patron who checkout the Chromebook to monitor their own computer usage time. Payment will be assessed by staff upon return.
  4. Users with library cards must check out Chromebooks on their library account. Patrons without library cards may check out a Chromebook by leaving a government issued photo ID with the front desk staff.
  5. Chromebooks are to stay inside the library at all times (use in the garden area is permitted).
  6. If a Chromebook or any of its components is lost, stolen, or damaged, the patron will be held responsible for the repair or replacement cost of the item, plus a $25.00 processing fee.

One user for each terminal:


Use of the terminals is for individual and is not intended for more than one person at a time. The public terminal is located in an area that requires quiet research. Noisy or disruptive patrons will be asked to quit the terminal, without refund.

Downloading and Printing:


Printing is available at 20 cents per page, and patrons are responsible for all pages that they print. Online computer terminals and Chromebooks support downloading to a USB flash drive.

Library staff assistance is LIMITED:


The small size of the library staff does not permit individual assistance on searching the Internet for patrons. The Law Library staff does not perform research for patrons, nor does the staff train patrons on how to use the Internet. The Law Library does maintain lists of URLs for major legal websites and may be able to provide some suggestions as to which URLs may assist the patron in his/her legal research. The Law Library assumes no liability for any assistance rendered.