University Libraries

Library Conduct Policy

The primary mission of the Library is to fulfill the information and research needs of students, faculty, and staff as they relate to the educational role of the University.  The Library also provides limited access to collections, facilities, and services for the general public.

In order to provide a safe, secure, and welcoming atmosphere, conducive to the appropriate use of services, and materials, WAC 106-168-009 states “users are expected to maintain appropriate public behavior while using the library facilities.”

The following activities are prohibited within the Library and Library staff members reserve the right to determine prohibited conduct:

  • Eating or drinking at or near computers, equipment, or other library materials that may be damaged.
  • Using tobacco products.
  • Disorderly, disruptive, or threatening behavior.
  • Offensive sexual behavior.
  • Blocking passageways.
  • Damaging, destroying, or stealing library property, or the property of others.
  • Using equipment, including personal communication devices, in a way that disturbs others.
  • Interfering with the privacy of others.
  • Interfering with another person's rights to use the library.
  • Interfering with the library staff's performance of their duties.
  • Soliciting or canvassing of any kind.
  • Posting materials anywhere in the library other than on the bulletin boards.  All items posted on the bulletin boards must be stamped and dated by the Scheduling Office.
  • Using computer workstations to gain unauthorized access.
  • Attempting to change, damage, or disrupt library computer equipment or software.
  • Intentionally violating copyright laws or software licensing agreements.
  • Any other activity or conduct in violation of federal, state, university, or local law, ordinance, or regulation.

Violators of library policies may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including assessment of service charges, revocation of library privileges and/or reporting to campus police.

People who trigger library theft detection systems may be required to open any bags or pocketbooks for inspection.

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