Library Code of Conduct

Consideration of Others
General Behaviour
Use of Collections and Facilities
Equitable Access
Noise
Food and Drink
Exiting the Library
Enforcement

All policies referred to in the University of Lethbridge Library Code of Conduct can be found in the University's Policy Manual and in Library Plans and Policies.

Background information on Library Code of Conduct.

The University Library – as a central learning area and a shared, common resource – is committed to providing users with fair and equitable access to library materials, resources, and services in an environment that is:

The achievement of these goals for the benefit of all requires relationships based on collective responsibility, mutual respect for diverse user needs, and full compliance with the rules and regulations listed below.

Users and visitors are expected to engage in behaviour consistent with these goals. Entering the Library signifies an agreement to do so.

Consideration of Others

Cooperation, courtesy, and respect are an integral part of the social contract of the university community. Library users are expected to show consideration for the right of others to use the University Library for its intended purposes.

This Code of Conduct serves to articulate these expectations by elaborating on what constitutes infringement on the rights of others. The examples included are not intended to be exhaustive. Rather they are to help users and staff members to more fully understand the principles embodied in the Code. The Code was developed in accordance with the Principles of Student Citizenship and the Student Discipline Policy, as published in the University of Lethbridge Calendar.

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General Behaviour

Users are expected to observe all University policies and appeal procedures, as well as posted rules of library use. These include, but are not limited to:

Principles of Student Citizenship; Student Discipline Policy; External Users of University Facilities; Managing Unacceptable Behaviour; Personal Security Policy; Computer Use Policy; Access/Circulation Policy; Computer Use Policy; Campus Smoking Policy; Animals on Campus; Alcohol Policy; Library Work Room Policy; Copyright; Safety Policy; Guidelines on Scented Products; etc.

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Use of Collections and Facilities

Library users are expected to respect University Library collections and facilities in accordance with the “Non-Academic Offences” portion of the Student Discipline Policy.

This includes but is not limited to:

     For Collections:

     For Facilities:

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Equitable Access

Users expect equitable access to the resources of the Library. The University Library is intended primarily for academic work and as such, the use of its resources for academic purposes has priority over personal pursuits. Obstructing access to study facilities, workstations, or library materials is not permissible. Specifically:

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Noise

All University Library users are entitled to a quiet environment in which to work. Users should respect the study area designations and noise level expectations of particular areas by modifying their conversations and activities accordingly.

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Food and Drink

The University Library has a food and drink policy that tries to balance user needs with the need to maintain a comfortable, clean environment and to preserve the collection.

In University Library study areas, food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed under the following conditions:

Open cups or glasses are not allowed anywhere. Hot or messy foods are likewise not allowed anywhere.

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Exiting the Library

Users are expected to leave the Library promptly when it closes; during emergency situations and/or drills; and when asked to do so. Remaining after hours is considered to be trespassing and repeat offenders will face disciplinary action.

Except in emergency situations, users are expected to pass through the security gates when exiting the University Library. Users are expected to empty their backpacks, bags, etc. if the security alarm is activated on their exit.

Emergency exits should only be used in times of emergency.

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Enforcement

All Library staff members have the responsibility of ensuring that the Code of Conduct policy is adhered to and are empowered to remind users of the policy and request compliance.

Library staff members will endeavour to treat all users with fairness, equity, courtesy, and respect. It is expected that users will reciprocate in kind.

Serious offences and repeated violations of the policy may result in Security being summoned. When this occurs, users may be faced with some or all of the following consequences:

Users are encouraged to report any observed violations of this policy to Library staff or administration.

Ratified by the GFC Library Committee April 26, 2007

Ratified by GFC May 7, 2007



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