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Frequently Asked Questions: Appropriate Behavior Policy

Appropriate Behavior Policy

Appropriate Library Behavior Policy


Gumberg Library provides information resources, educational opportunities and individualized services embodying Duquesne University’s Spiritan identity and commitment to academic excellence.


Gumberg Library furthers the achievement of Duquesne’s mission through its service to students, faculty, staff and the greater community. This policy affirms that Duquesne’s students, faculty, and staff are the library’s primary service population, and details the expectations for both Duquesne and non-affiliated users to responsibly use the library’s facilities and services in a safe environment conducive to research and study.


Library users are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful of others and that is in keeping with the library’s purpose. Those who engage in behavior that infringes on the rights of others, poses danger to themselves or others, or violates university or library policies may be asked to leave the building. Staff will call Public Safety officers to handle the situation if the staff member believes it is advisable to do so. Unlawful behavior will be reported to Public Safety. Violations of Duquesne’s Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct will be reported to the Director of the Office of Student Conduct.

Expectations of Library Users

  • Interact courteously with other library users and staff.
  • Comply with library policies, particularly with regard to acceptable use of computers, quiet study areas, and food and drink.
  • Respect library resources— e. g. print only when necessary; refrain from writing in or otherwise damaging library materials; return materials on time.
  • Respect intellectual property including copyright.
  • Keep all valuables and personal property with you at all times. The library is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Use cell phones in designated locations, such as the stairwell or outside.
  • Supervise children at all times.
  • Engage in activities associated with the use of a library. Non-affiliated users not reading, studying, using library materials or attending events will be required to leave the building.
  • Maintain an acceptable standard of personal hygiene. Creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition, such as infested clothing or personal effects is unacceptable.
  • Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.

Unacceptable behavior

  • Destruction or theft of library materials or property
  • Use of alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Lewd, indecent, disruptive or boisterous behavior
  • Threatening, harassing or intimidating language or behavior
  • Smoking and use of tobacco products
  • Sleeping in the building
  • Bringing weapons into the building
  • Bathing or shaving in restrooms
  • Solicitation of any type
  • Bringing pets or animals, other than authorized service animals into the building

Adapted from policies prepared by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and Ganser Library.

Issued September 2, 2010 Revised and Approved February 1, 2012