Conduct in the Library

Library StacksThe The UC Hastings Law Library supports the educational and research needs of the UC Hastings College of the Law community. The Library serves as a research partner with the school's faculty and students. The Library's print and electronic collections directly support the UC Hastings faculty, UC Hastings students, the current curriculum, and the College's affiliated programs. The Library staff works closely with the UC Hastings faculty and students to provide access to the Library's collections and to facilitate access to other research and teaching resources. The Library aims to provide for its authorized users an environment suitable for research, study, instruction, and reading..

In order to achieve these goals, the Library has established the following Code of Conduct. The following behaviors are in conflict with the mission of the UC Hastings Law Library and are cause for action by the Library staff or a representative of the Library staff:

Use and Protection of the Collections:

1. Removing or attempting to remove library materials, equipment or property without official library authorization.

2. Failing to either renew or return library materials when due, or pay library fines.

3. Concealing or reserving, without library authorization, materials in the Library for the exclusive use of an individual or group.

4. Mutilating library materials by marking, underlining, removing pages or portions of pages, removing binding, removing electronic theft devices, using post-its or paper clips or in any other way damaging or defacing library materials.

5. Bringing in and consuming food or beverages in public areas of the library.

6. Using tobacco, including smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes or using smokeless tobacco.

7. Not allowing search of possessions when the security gate alarm has been activated upon exit.

8. Using Library computers without authorization.

Use and Protection of the Building and Library Equipment:

9. Being in unauthorized areas of the library, remaining in the library after closing or during emergency drills or evacuations.

10. Opening emergency exits except in emergency situations.

11. Vandalizing or defacing the library building, furniture or equipment, or engaging in any behavior that could do so.

12. Accessing without authorization (or altering or damaging) any computer system, network, computer program, or data.

13. Blocking doorways, elevators, stairways, emergency exits or aisles. Large objects such as carts, duffle bags and large pieces of luggage may not be brought into Library facilities. Personal property must be within sight of the owner.

14. Unauthorized use of student study rooms. Study rooms are for the exclusive use of current UC Hastings students. (Additional study room rules are posted on this web page and in each study room.)

The Library Environment:

15. Engaging in any behavior which is potentially harmful or dangerous.

16. Using portable or cellular telephones.

17. Failure to present proper identification upon demand by any college official.

18. Carrying weapons of any kind unless authorized by law.

19. Bringing animals inside the Library that do not conform to the UC Hastings Policy on Animals on Campus.

20. Soliciting money, donations or signatures.

21. Unauthorized photography or filming in the library.

22. Unreasonable use of public rest rooms, including laundering and bathing.

23. Any disturbance or activity that interferes with Library user or staff comfort, safety, use or quiet and peaceful enjoyment of the Library, including but not limited to:

  • Harassing or threatening Library users or staff.
  • Staring at, following, or photographing Library users or staff.
  • Strong, pervasive odors, including odors caused by perfume or cologne.
  • Making any loud or unreasonable noise or other disturbance, including disruptive use of personal communications or entertainment devices.

24. Persons under the influence of alcohol or non-prescribed drugs are not allowed on Library property.

25. Sleeping by students beyond the usual short study nap is discouraged in the Library for safety and security reasons. Community users are reminded that the Library is open for research purposes and sleeping is not allowed.

Any patron who commits or attempts to commit any of the offenses listed above — or anything construed to be a disturbance — or any other behaviors illegal under the laws of the state or federal government — is subject to sanctions, including:

  • being asked to leave library premises;
  • being reported to the police;
  • legal prosecution.

Offenders are subject to loss of library privileges and may be criminally prosecuted. Those who are UC Hastings students are also subject to penalties that may be imposed under the Student Conduct Code.

Revised September 2011.