The Gumberg Library seeks to make its resources accessible to all users, including those with disabilities.
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 Student Handbook will be reported to the Director of the Office of Student Conduct.
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
Gumberg Library provides information resources, educational opportunities, and individualized services embodying Duquesne University’s Spiritan identity and commitment to academic excellence.
The primary users of Gumberg Library facilities, services, and resources are the students, faculty, administration, and staff of Duquesne University.
Duquesne Students, Faculty, Staff, Administrators
Duquesne Educational Partners
Guests of Duquesne Students, Faculty, Staff and Administrators
Admissions and Other Tours
Visitors to Staff Offices, the Archives, Special Collections
Conferences and Public Events
General Public Access
There will be ongoing review of these policies and changes will be communicated accordingly.
Adapted from Marquette University Visitor Access Policy: http://marquette.edu/library/about/visitor.shtml
Date issued: September 2, 2010; Revised January 21, 2012
Approved February 1, 2012
Gumberg Library is a research library that supports the information needs of Duquesne University students, faculty, staff, and alumni. University-owned computers and educational resources are intended for affiliated adult learners. Many areas within the library are designated as quiet study only.
Because students, faculty and staff may occasionally need to bring their children with them, we expect full cooperation in order to maintain a welcome and safe environment for everyone. With permission from the University Librarian, children may come to the library for special events and programs (including tutoring) sponsored by Duquesne University schools and offices.
The Gumberg Library subscribes to thousands of electronic journals, books, and other databases for use by authorized users (current faculty, students, and staff, and in most cases on-site visitors). The terms and conditions for using these resources are set out in electronic resource license agreements with each publisher. It is the responsibility of individual users to ensure their use of electronic resources does not breach the terms and conditions specified in the license agreements. Licenses vary from publisher to publisher; however, the general principles are:
· viewing, downloading, copying, printing and saving a copy of search results
· viewing, downloading, copying, printing and saving individual articles
· using e-resources for scholarly, educational or scientific research, teaching, private study and clinical purposes
· sending a copy of an article to another authorized user (i.e. current faculty, students or staff)
· posting the URL to the publisher's version of the article on a class website
· use of robots or intelligent agents to do systematic, bulk or automatic downloading is not permitted
· systematic downloading or printing of entire journal issues or volumes, or large portions of other e-resources is not permitted
· using e-resources for commercial gain is not permitted (i.e. reselling, redistributing or republishing licensed content)
· transmitting, disseminating or otherwise making online content available to unauthorized users (i.e. sending to mailing lists or electronic bulletin boards) is not permitted
· posting the publisher's version or PDF of an article to an open class website is not permitted (instead, post the URL to the article which will allow only authorized users access)
Breaches of the University's contractual arrangements with publishers could result in the suspension of access to the resources for the entire Duquesne University community. For information on Copyright and Fair Use, see: http://guides.library.duq.edu/copyright.
Fire safety is the responsibility of all members of the University community.
Fire Safety Preparedness and Prevention Components:
There are several regulations that govern fire safety, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Fire Extinguisher Basics
Fire Extinguisher Types:
How to use a Fire Extinguisher: Use the PASS method to extinguisher any small fire.
Video: Fire Extinguisher Training Video
Written and provided by Duquesne's office of Environmental Health and Safety 10/20/2020
Gumberg Library and Duquesne University shall not be liable or responsible for any loss, damage, replacement or repair costs arising out of the use or misuse of library hardware, software or media. This includes library owned desktop computers, laptop computers, software (computer programs, digital files, etc.), or media (CDs, DVDs, etc.).
Date issued: 03/03/10. Reviewed 10/16/14
This policy is intended to supplement the existing Duquesne University TAP 22: Emergency Closing or Partial Shutdown of University
Any changes to the Gumberg Library's normal operating hours will be posted on the library’s website, http://www.duq.edu/library.
Closure of the University
In the event that the University announces a closure in accordance with TAP 22: Emergency Closing or Partial Shutdown of University, Gumberg Library will be closed.
If severe weather appears to threaten the safety of students and library staff outside of the hours when classes are normally scheduled to meet – for example in the late evening or on weekends – the University Librarian may request approval from the Executive Vice President and Provost to close the library early. Early closure can only be approved by the Executive Vice President and Provost.
When the University announces a delayed opening, Gumberg Library will open with the University, provided that at least one Access Services staff member can travel safely to Duquesne.
In the event the University announces a transition to remote learning, research on-call will move online and Gumberg Library hours will be adjusted to 8:30am-4:30pm, provided that one Access Services staff member can travel safely to Duquesne.
*This is in accordance with, but not limited to, the following Duquesne University TAPs:
Date issued: June 5, 2013, Updated August 2018
Gumberg Library welcomes volunteers through Duquesne University sponsored programs or the DU Volunteer pool.
Gumberg Library follows the University policies on “Volunteers and Minors” at this website: http://www.duq.edu/about/departments-and-offices/university-compliance/volunteers-and-minors and “Volunteer Guide and Procedures” http://duq.edu/Documents/anti-discrimination/DU%20Volunteer%20Policy-Procedures.pdf.
Volunteer requests may be made to the University Library Administration Office (x6138). An information meeting will be scheduled to discuss options.
Typical activities for volunteers with no or minimal library experience include: straightening shelves, desensitizing books, shredding, assisting with displays and events, opening mail, preparing packages for mail, etc.
Date Issued: October 24, 2017
Responsible for Policy: Leadership Team
Issuing Department or Division: Gumberg Library Administration
Filename: Gumberg Library Policy - Volunteers 2017
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