Cheng Library Policy on Guest Account Access to the University Network and Printing

Revised October 2017

In an effort to safeguard the security of its computer network, William Paterson University requires each user to sign-on with his/her personal, University-assigned username and password. Because the Cheng Library has a tradition of offering access to Library resources, both print and electronic, to non-University users, Guest Accounts are provided as a courtesy to community users, visiting scholars and University alumni. Guest Accounts are intended only for use of the Library’s electronic resources or to gain access to the Internet using a Library computer. Each account will be assigned an expiration date of 7 days after which it may be renewed. Exceptions to this general rule may be made for visiting scholars and alumni at the discretion of the Library Dean. Users of Guest Accounts shall observe the requirements set forth in the University’s Appropriate Use Policy accessible at Guest Account users will acknowledge their acceptance of this policy and the Guest Account Access Policy by signing a form provided at the time the guest account is created. The signed form will be retained for a period of one year.

University faculty, staff and students have priority in the use of computing facilities.

Individuals with Guest Account privileges may use these facilities on an as-available basis and must yield to priority users when requested to do so. Guest Account privileges do not extend beyond Cheng Library. 

Library staff retain the right to refuse the Guest Account privilege to alumni and community users who do not provide appropriate identification (see below). The University is not responsible for documents created or activities pursued by users with Guest Account privileges.

Acceptable forms of identification

Alumni requesting Guest Accounts may provide a valid Alumni Membership Card and proof of address as acceptable identification. All other requestors must provide photo identification and documentation of current address. Acceptable forms of photo identification include valid drivers’ licenses, government-issued photo identification cards, passports or other, third-party issued photo IDs. Third-party issued identifications, such as those from an employer, a college, university or school, or a membership organization must contain a laminated photo and embossed name of the issuing agency.  Acceptable forms of current address documentation include valid drivers’ licenses or current mail from a municipality (such as a tax bill), telephone, utility or credit card company.


In an effort to create a greener, more environmentally friendly campus and to reduce printing costs to the University, all guest account users will be required to pay for each page they print in the Cheng Library. Guest account users must purchase a Pioneer Express campus guest card at the vending machine in the Friends Room.  There is an initial charge for the card and users may add value as needed.  Printing charges will be debited against the card’s value.

September, 2009
Revised May 2014
Revised March 2016