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Policies and Guidelines for User Conduct

All library users share in the responsibility for making the libraries safe and pleasant places for research, reading, study, and productive work.  Please observe the rules and guidelines outlined below.  Report activities that interfere with your use of the libraries or that represent violation of these rules to the nearest service desk.

  1. Library users should be considerate of others by keeping noise levels low enough not to disrupt study and research of others.
  2. Covered drinks and snacks are permitted in most campus libraries.  Hot entrees, salad, pizza, soup and hot, messy or odorous items must be consumed outside.  No food or drink may be consumed in specialized collections (Architecture & Fine Arts Library, Map & Imagery Library, Music Library, Special Collections) or posted areas. 
  3. Library users must clean up after themselves.  Discard trash in trashcans.  Clean up spills whenever possible. Report them to the nearest service desk.
  4. Library users are responsible for their personal belongings and should not leave them unattended.
  5. Cell phones and pagers should be turned to vibrate when entering the Libraries.  If you must make or receive calls, please be considerate of others.  Please keep calls short and move to a stairwell or lobby. 
  6. Library users are expected to comply with library policies that relate to fair use and copyright law compliance and to license agreements governing use of certain library resources as outlined on the library Copyright Page.
  7. Library users must abide by the libraries’ computer policies as outlined in the Computer Use Policy.
  8. In compliance with university guidelines, printed materials may not be posted or distributed in the libraries without permission of the head of the relevant library unit.
  9. Smoking and use of tobacco products are not permitted within 50 feet of any campus building.   Florida Statutes Sect. 386.201, UF Rule 6C1-2.018
  10. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the libraries except in designated areas with the permission of and under conditions imposed by the President or Provost or their designees.  UF Rule 6C1-2.019
  11. Skateboards, roller skates, in-line skates, or similar devices may not be used in the libraries. UF Rule 6C1-2.0162
  12. Animals are not permitted in the libraries except for seeing-eye dogs and other service related animals.  UF Rule 6C1-2.021.
  13. Disruptive, inappropriate, or threatening behavior will be reported to the police and campus authorities.  UF Rule 6C1-1.008
  14. Defacing or damaging library facilities or equipment will be prosecuted through campus authorities and the police.  UF Rule 6C1-1.008(1)(b)
  15. Theft or mutilation of library materials will be prosecuted through campus authorities and the police. UF Rule 6C1-1.008(1)(b)
  16. The possession of firearms or other weapons is prohibited.  UF Rule 6C1-2.001
  17. Child pornography, a felony in the state of Florida, is illegal and the University Police will be called immediately