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Use and Care of Library Materials

The university intends its libraries to serve all its students and faculty and staff members. Materials are to be shared for the common good, and the library encourages users to use university property carefully so that future users may also enjoy it.

Lost, stolen, and missing books and other materials significantly damage the library's ability to provide the resources that students and faculty members need. Replacing items is expensive, and often it is impossible to buy even recent books and periodicals at any price. The seriousness of the problem will probably not be apparent until there is an unpleasant discovery that an wanted item is no longer available in the collections.

To protect books and periodicals from theft, the library has installed a security system at the main exit. Materials that are not properly checked out will set off an alarm. If the alarm sounds, the user will be asked to return to the circulation desk for a staff member to check for library materials.

Members of the library staff are also conscious of the need to handle library materials with care. No one wants to discourage use of the collections, but the library asks users to join with the staff in protecting the collections from damage. Eating and drinking are permitted only in the lunch room, and users are requested not to use library materials while eating. Smoking is not permitted in the library building.

Library users can also help by being careful not to handle books roughly-especially older items and those that have brittle pages. We also ask users not to get library materials wet in the rain or snow or leave them where they will be exposed to extreme temperatures.

Willful damage to library material by theft and mutilation denies information to others. Anyone involved in such activity is subject to disciplinary measures. Examples of violations of the code include stealing materials from the library, not returning library materials promptly when asked to do so, hoarding scarce copies of material needed by others in order to advance one's own position, deliberately damaging library material (for example, cutting pages out of books or magazines), and helping another person steal, hoard, or damage library material.

Revised December 18, 2000

Updated August 19, 2009