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Internet Access in the Library

Library Computers

The Hirsh Health Sciences Library offers many internet-accessible computers on the 4th and 5th floors, and in the computer labs.

All users are expected to adhere to the Library Computer Policies and Tufts Information Stewardship Policy.


Laptops and Mobile Devices

What are the requirements to get Online?
All computers, laptops, and smartphones must go through a registration process before accessing the Tufts Network and get Online. Any computer or device that has a network or wireless connection should be able to connect to the Tufts Network and get Online.

All users must agree to the Tufts Information Stewardship Policy and agree to adhere to the Digital Copyright Laws. People who use Peer-to-peer file sharing programs and violate copyright laws will face disciplinary action from their school. File Sharing & Copyright Violations

All computers that connect to the Tufts Network must have current windows updates and antivirus software. Computers found to threaten the integrity of the Tufts Network will be disconnected.

Four Requirements for getting online:
1. Antivirus software
2. No File-sharing software
3. No viruses or spyware
4. Windows, security, and plug-ins are up-to-date

If you aren't sure if your device meets these requirements, stop by the Library IT Service Desk on Sackler 5 for assistance.

How do I register my device?
Check the Tufts Technology services page for detailed directions on registering your device for the Tufts Wireless.

Need help registering your device? Visit the Library IT Service Desk, Hirsh Health Sciences Library, Sackler 5 (hours)


Laptop Security Concerns

  • Do not leave your laptop unattended! Tufts University is not responsible for stolen laptops.
  • Avoid extending network and electrical cables across aisles where they might be safety hazards.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I am visiting your library, can I get online with my laptop?

Visitors to the Hirsh Health Sciences Library can use the Guest Wireless. Instructions for setting up guest wireless can be found here. You are also welcome to use one of our computers in the library or labs.

Who is eligible for registration to get Online?

Tufts students, faculty, staff and clinical faculty ( i.e., residents ) with a Tufts username/password can register for Tufts wireless. People without a Tufts username and visitors are able to use our public area computers or use wireless via the Tufts Guest network. We recommend individuals in the Tufts Community register to use the Tufts wireless.

What about virus protection and security?

You are responsible for protecting your own machines against viruses and other attacks to reduce risk to your machines and harm to the other network computers. Please see Steps to Keeping Your Computer Secure and check our page about virus protection.

Is my information safe while using wireless?
 
The library and guest wireless network is not secure and the library cannot guarantee the safety of your traffic across its wireless network. Information sent to or from your laptop can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and appropriate software, within up to three hundred feet. We recommend that you use a firewall to help protect your computer.

Why does my wireless network connection speed vary?

There are several possibilities including:

  • Your distance from the access point and/or obstructions that might be in the way.
  • The number of people using the connection. Since a wireless network is a shared network, if several people are using the network then users may see slower connections.

If you experience a connection problem, try moving to a different part of the library or use a nomadic connections. Wired connections are up to 10 times faster than wireless.

Will I need to re-register every time I use my laptop?

  • No, once your register your laptop, it can be used on any network within Tufts University.

Since I’m using my own equipment, do the general rules about computer use still apply to me?

Yes, you must abide by Tufts Information Stewardship Policy.

Can I get help with registering my device?
Feel free to stop by the Library IT Service Desk on Sackler 5 to get help with registering your device. If you're unsure if your device meets the requirements to get online, our staff is happy to assist in this process.

If this process requires leaving your device with our IT staff, it will be held in a secure office and will not be given back without an ID. If you provide us with your phone number we will call you when it is complete.