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Patron Behavior Guideline

The James C. Kirkpatrick Library complies with all UCM policies and regulations, including those that govern tobacco and alcohol use.  In addition to university policies, the following expectations concerning library use and conduct apply: 


Children in the Library

The safety of children in the library is of primary concern.  The library cannot assume responsibility for the safety of unattended children. All activities of children under the age of 14 must be supervised by an accompanying, responsible adult.

Food and drink

Food and drink are allowed anywhere within the building. Drinks should be in closed containers.  Litter should be disposed of in trash containers, and spills should be reported to the 1st floor service desk.  

Noise level and cell phone use

  • The 3rd floor is the library’s designated Quiet Floor. Normal conversational noise is expected on the 1st and 2nd floors. 
  • Courteous cell phone use is required. Please show consideration of other library patrons by conducting conversation in a quiet voice and refraining from inappropriate language or personal information. Set cell phones to vibrate or to a soft volume ring when in the library.

Use of Electrical Outlets

  • Electrical cords and power strips attached to laptop computers, tablets, etc. may not be draped across aisles or arranged in any fashion that constitutes a hazard.  
  • Library patrons may not unplug library equipment such as copiers, workstations, or other peripherals in order to access an outlet for personal use.

Disruptive Behavior

Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.  Disruptive behavior includes any activity that interferes with the rights of other patrons to use the library; disrupts the normal functioning of the library; could result in physical, emotional, or mental injury to oneself or others; or could result in damage to library facilities, equipment, or materials.

Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to, any of the following in the library:

  • arguing, fighting, or any activity that creates excessive noise or commotion detrimental to the work of library users;
  • abusing, threatening, or intimidating library users or staff through language or action;
  • engaging in sexual harassment or overt sexual behavior;
  • bringing weapons (real or simulated) into the library;
  • displaying overt signs of substance abuse, including drunkenness;
  • using audio devices or other electronic devices that create excessive noise or in any other way disrupt the work of library users;
  • using bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates, etc.  in the building;
  • refusing to leave the building at closing time, or as directed by library personnel.

Disciplinary Guidelines

Any library user may be asked to provide photo identification.

Library personnel reserve the right to ask any patron to leave the building if disruptive or unacceptable behavior occurs. 

A library staff member who observes disruptive behavior will notify the individual or individuals who are in violation of the standards of conduct.  In some cases, a verbal warning will suffice.   Incidents of disruptive behavior will be recorded and reported to the Office of the Dean of Library Services.  Library personnel may also contact Public Safety.  Additional disciplinary action by the university may ensue. 



Approved 10-6-2014