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Privacy Screens for the Computer Lab

Hello! We now have privacy screens for monitors in the computer lab.


New Policy

If you receive a complaint from a patron that someone is viewing offensive material (e.g. pornography, hate propaganda, etc.) on a lab computer, please offer a privacy screen to the patron who is viewing the offensive material. If the patron who is viewing the offensive material refuses the privacy screen and continues to view the offensive material, consult with the librarian on duty and s/he will call Public Safety to escort the offending patron from the building. We don't expect this to happen, but if it does, it is appropriate to contact Public Safety. If you are working alone at the Reference Desk when this happens, consult with the library assistant on duty at the Circulation Desk, and s/he will call Public Safety.

These privacy screens are not checked out -- you would simply take one out of the cupboard, offer it to the patron, and hopefully when they are done, they will return it to you.

About the Privacy Screens

The privacy screens are made by 3M and we have three sizes to fit the different sizes of monitors in the lab (17", 20", and 22"). There are also 3M brand microfiber clothes to wipe them down.


The privacy screen hangs off a computer monitor with these tabs, which also slide back and forth. Careful -- don't let it slide off and get lost while you're carrying it! To use it, all you have to do is position it on top of the monitor and hang it on there. Feel free to experiment with your monitor at the Reference Desk.


All of this is located in this cupboard at the Reference Desk, next to the cupboard that houses your folders.


As you may remember from this post, we strive to support academic freedom, and for that reason we do not judge what decisions a patron makes in respect to their online research. We're hoping the use of privacy screens makes the computer labs an inclusionary space for all.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Leave a comment below. Thanks!


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 13th, 2015 07:30 pm (UTC)
I think this is a great idea and will make everybody feel comfortable in the lab always!! Does it only shield from people next to them or all around?

Thanks Kelci :)

Mar. 13th, 2015 07:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Awesome
feel free to experiment with it! it's really good at blocking out the view on the sides and above, but it has to remain clear from straight on for the user
Mar. 14th, 2015 05:28 pm (UTC)
Good idea!
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