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Library Policies: Computer Use Policy

Library policies on checking out and returning items, using the computers and printers, and more.

Foothill College Library

Semans Library

Until further notice, the library building/area at the Main Campus and at Sunnyvale Center will be closed. All reference services are available online only. Talk to a librarian live by phone or video conference, or ask them a question by email, text or chat.

Online Reference Hours

Summer 2020
Mon – Thur   10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fri – Sun   Closed

Fall 2020
Mon – Thur   10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fri  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat & Sun  Closed

The Library is closed during all college holidays and breaks.

Reference Desk
(650) 949-7608

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Circulation & Reserve
(650) 949-7611

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Computer Use Policy

The Foothill College Library provides access to the Internet and other electronic resources via computer workstations in order to support the curriculum at Foothill College and to enhance other academic endeavors. Computers in the library are intended for academic research.

Individuals are responsible for using the library's electronic resources in an ethical, non-discriminatory, equitable, and lawful manner. Engaging in any activity that is at variance with these policies and responsibilities can result in the loss of access privileges and/or legal prosecution.

The library's electronic workstations and the materials to which they provide access constitute resources to be shared equitably among registered student users. If and when the number of computer workstations is insufficient to meet demand, the Library staff may, at their discretion, limit individual sessions to academic activity or a certain time period and/or may limit access to those in the primary user group. (Primary users are currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff of Foothill College.)

Compliance with FHDA District Policy
Any student using the machines located in the Foothill Library or Media Center needs to be in compliance with District Policy #3250. The District's Computer and Network Use Policy may be found at this Web site:

Off-Campus Access

For off-campus access to the online databases and eBooks, you'll need your student ID.

You can also renew your books online from home.