General Guidelines for Library Users
The University Libraries mission is to support student pursuits for academic success and faculty endeavors for the creation of knowledge. This includes providing a comfortable, clean and safe environment that fosters opportunities for intellectual growth. Ball State University and its various divisions, including the University Libraries, have the right to establish “reasonable standards of conduct for all persons on the campus in order to safeguard the educational process and to provide for the safety and welfare of its students, visitors, and University property.” [From the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.] In keeping with high professional standards, the University Libraries subscribe to the Code of Ethics adopted by the American Library Association regarding interactions between library personnel and users.
Users of the University Libraries are expected to treat library staff, fellow users, and library materials and facilities with courtesy and respect. This includes but is not limited to:
- Refraining from defacing materials (books, videos, periodicals, etc.) and facilities with pencil, ink, markers, adhesive notes, tape, paper clips, etc.
- Refraining from tearing or cutting pages from materials.
- Refraining from eating more than light snacks when in general study areas or study rooms (for example, items from the vending machines). Meal consumption (for example, sandwiches, pizza, items requiring utensils) should be limited to areas designated for food consumption - the Lower Level snack area and the Bookmark Café. Beverages are permitted in the University Libraries.
- Refraining from taking materials from the library without first checking them out or violating any other rules for library use.
- Refraining from changing settings on library computers, tampering with printers, or installing unauthorized software.
- Refraining from disruptive behavior, which may include but is not limited to:
- Intimidation or assault of library staff or users with language or actions.
- Behavior creating excessive noise or activity, including headphone volume levels set loud enough for others to hear.
- Behavior which interferes with library personnel’s ability to provide services.
- Possessing or being under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol.
- Possessing weapons.
- Using computers in violation of guidelines established by UCS.
- Refraining from soliciting.
- Refraining from conduct that violates other university rules or regulations.
Library resources, including computers and related equipment, are intended primarily to support the research and learning needs of the Ball State University community and others requiring access to the University Libraries’ resources, including federal depository library material. Library staff reserve the right to impose time limits on computer use and give preference to research-related work conducted by Ball State students, faculty, staff, and community members.
The focus of collections and programs is the university community. As such, the University Libraries are not organized to provide services for children who are without adult supervision. Children under the age of 14 are welcomed, but must be accompanied by and remain under the immediate supervision of a responsible adult (over 18). Library staff will take appropriate action upon discovering unattended children, up to and including contacting parents and/or campus police. Access to federal depository material for users of all ages is described on the Government Publications page.
Clothing tops, bottoms and footwear are expected of all visitors and must remain on throughout a visit.
Failure to comply with the University Libraries User Guidelines may result in immediate suspension of library privileges and, if appropriate, referral to law enforcement officials.