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Library Etiquette and Policies: Library Etiquette Policy

The Masland Library is committed to creating a clean, comfortable environment conducive to reflection, study, and intellectual pursuit.  With this in mind, reasonable limits are in effect regarding the use of the library building. Patrons not in compliance with these guidelines may be asked to leave.

Basic Library Etiquette

The Masland Library is open to all students, faculty, and staff. Due to our open campus policy we also allow visitors from the community and alumni to use our collection.  All persons using the library should be able to show valid forms of identification if asked (acceptable ones include: student ID or official state identification). 

The following is expected of all those using the library:

  • Observe all posted signage
  • Be fully clothed (including shoes)
  • Keep personal belongings with you at all times*
  • Leave chairs and tables in their designated spot
  • Be respectful of others in the library (loud conversations, phone/video calls, video use without headphones are prohibited)
  • Leave food outside the library (eating in any library space, including study/collaboration rooms and computer lab, is prohibited)
  • Above all: remember this is a shared space within an academic library

*Cairn University is not responsible for lost or stolen property. 

Any persons displaying inappropriate behavior will be given a warning; if they persist they will be asked to leave. Unacceptable uses of the facilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Exhibiting personal behavior that interferes with the effective delivery of library services or use of facilities by others, including loud and /or disruptive conversation
  • Creating disturbances that cause others to feel uncomfortable or threatened, including physical assault or use of abusive, threatening, or intimidating language
  • Listening to music without headphones, participating in online courses calls/live chats/face time, or using cell phones in a manner that disturbs others
  • Mutilating, defacing, or damaging materials, equipment; or furnishings
  • Moving tables, chairs, and equipment without permission
  • Removing or attempting to remove materials, equipment, or furnishings without permission
  • Failing to return or reconcile for the loss of borrowed materials or equipment
  • Concealing library materials within the library for exclusive use by an individual or a group
  • All types of roller skating, skateboarding, or bicycling in or around the Library
  • Bringing weapons into library building facilities, unless authorized
  • Opening emergency exits, except in the event of an emergency
  • Being in unauthorized areas of the building or remaining in the building when it is closed or during emergency evacuations
  • Bringing non-service animals into the library
  • Leaving children under 17 alone in the library

Why can I not move chairs and tables?

The library staff has thought through the space, including not blocking the collection or aisles. In addition, our building was not designed for large group work/loud noises as noise travels throughout the building and disturbs those looking for a quiet space. Because of this, tables and chairs cannot be moved.

When you move something you are doing at least one of the following: blocking access to a resource, making it impossible to access an emergency exit, or taking seating away from someone needing a specific table.

Repeated disregard for the library policies will result in being asked to leave the building and the loss library privileges, including but not limited to inability to use study rooms, checkout materials, and/or use of the library. In addition, a report will be filed with the Office of Safety and Security and submitted to the Dean of Students.