Building Use Policy

Noise Levels

By designating areas Quiet and Active, we attempt to balance preferences for individual work, research consultations, library transactions, and group study needs.

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Quiet Study Zones

2nd Floor, 4th Floor

  • Silent Study
  • No Talking
  • Phones on Silent
  • No Phone Calls


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Active Study Zones

1st Floor, 3rd Floor, Study Rooms

  • Interactive Study
  • Moderate Talking Allowed
  • Phones on Silent
  • Phone Calls in Lobby or on 1st Floor


If there is noise in your study area that you believe to be excessive, you are encouraged to ask the noise maker(s) to be quiet. If you feel uncomfortable doing so or if the users refuse to cooperate, please report the disturbance to a library service desk on the second floor.


Cell Phone Use

Keep cell phones on silent mode throughout the library.

Send and receive calls in the first floor and the second floor lobby.

Food & Drink

Food & covered beverages are allowed in most library study areas; however:

  • Be considerate of others when eating foods that are messy, noisy or aromatic/smelly.
  • Clean up after yourself. Alert library staff to spills that need attention.
  • No food or beverages are allowed in the Special Collections Department.
  • No food deliveries in the library.

Accessibility Animals

Service Animals

Service animals, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, are allowed in the library. Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog or miniature horse that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the animal must be directly related to the person’s disability.


Emotional Support Animals

Emotional support animals are intended to provide emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship to their owners. While these are allowed in some campus areas, they are not allowed in the library without express permission.



For further questions or assistance, please contact one of our Accessibility Librarians. You can find their information here:



Interpretation of all these guidelines is at the discretion of Library staff. Users that are non-compliant will be asked to relocate.


Page Last Updated: March 5, 2020