The Gumberg Library seeks to make its resources accessible to all users.
All Gumberg 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 Duquesne University or Gumberg Library policies will 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.
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.
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
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, https://calendar.library.duq.edu/hours
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.https://calendar.library.duq.edu/hours
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.
Lost something? It happens to the best of us.
Fill in this form for each misplaced item (1 item per form).
If we recover your item at Gumberg Library we'll contact you ASAP
Gumberg Library is not responsible for any misplaced, lost, or stolen items.
We strongly recommend that you do not leave any personal belongings unattended at any time, including items left in a study room.
Personal items will be transferred to DU Police within 24 hours regardless of owner contact. These items include wallets, electronics, and jewelry. As a courtesy, if owner identification can be located from the item, Gumberg Library staff will send a pickup notice to that person's Duquesne email.
Commonplace items, such as water bottles, umbrellas, or clothing, will be placed on the Lost & Found table. As a courtesy, if owner identification can be located from the item, Gumberg Library staff will send a pickup notice to that person's Duquesne email. Regardless of owner contact, unclaimed commonplace items will either be discarded or donated after 2 weeks.
*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: https://www.duq.edu/about/departments-and-offices/risk-management/minors-programs/.
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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