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Library Code of Conduct

The Library Code of Conduct applies to all users of the Oviatt Library, including CSUN students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

A. General Policies:

  1. In support of its mission and strategic plan, the Oviatt Library is committed to maintaining a comfortable, safe, and respectful environment that is conducive to individual and collaborative learning, research, study, and diverse educational and cultural programming.
  2. Use of Library resources (including its facilities, print and electronic collections, equipment, services, etc.) is primarily intended for currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff. To ensure proper resource management, visitors have limited access to some Library materials and services.
  3. A CSUN Photo I.D. Card for students and employees is required to check out Library materials and equipment.
  4. A CSUN User I.D. and Password is required for students and employees to access Library computers, electronic resources and services, and campus Wi-Fi.
  5. Non-CSUN affiliated visitors are required to obtain a CSUN Library card to check out books and obtain a guest login to use Library computers. Access to the campus Wi-Fi from personal devices requires a user ID and password from another Eduroam institution.
  6. The Oviatt Library reserves the right to revoke Library privileges for all violators of the Library Code of Conduct, including access to the Library, use of its computers and other equipment, and use of Library collections.
  7. Campus Police and/or the Coordinator of Student Conduct will be notified in cases where violations of this code or other behaviors are a threat to the health, safety, or well-being of other Library users or employees, or when such behavior disrupts Library operations.

B. Prohibited Behaviors:

In addition to violations of campus, local, state, and federal policies, laws, and regulations, the following behaviors may result in users being asked to leave the Library, loss of Library privileges, or the filing of complaints with the Coordinator of Student Conduct and/or campus police.

The following behaviors are prohibited:

  1. Failure to adhere to policies related to Library open hours, loan policies, Library fees, Library computer use, noise policies, use of emergency exits, evacuation orders by authorized Library personnel, or this Code of Conduct.
  2. Bringing a weapon of any kind into the Library.
  3. Smoking of any kind (including vapor cigarettes) and/or using other tobacco products (See University Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Policy).
  4. Use of illicit drugs, legal recreational drugs (including marijuana products), and alcohol.
  5. Sexual misconduct, including lewd behavior, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and any conduct of a sexual nature that is with or without consent of the person against whom such conduct is directed.
  6. Disruptive, disorderly, disrespectful, hostile, or harassing behavior directed towards other Library users or Library employees.
  7. Attire and/or personal hygiene (extreme body odor, excessive perfume/cologne, excess dirt, etc.) that creates an uncomfortable or unhealthy environment for other users, unless otherwise protected by law.
  8. While the exercise of freedom of speech and rights of assembly on campus and in the Library is encouraged, such activities that unreasonably interfere with or disrupt Library operations, violate its noise and room use policies, or block access to its entrances and emergency exits are prohibited. See CSUN Policy on Time, Place, and Manner of Free Expression and the Use of Campus Buildings and Grounds (6.1.2.A-D).
  9. Soliciting, selling goods and services, panhandling, and petitioning activities are prohibited inside the Library, outside the main entrance up to the staircase balustrades or columns, and on the ramps leading up to the Library patio. See CSUN Policy on Time, Place, and Manner of Free Expression and the Use of Campus Buildings and Grounds (6.3.3.B).
  10. Leaving personal belongings unattended is at their owner’s risk; the Library is not responsible any for loss or damage to personal property.
  11. Minor children, unless enrolled as students at CSUN, may not enter the Library without a parent or guardian.
    • The Library is not responsible for the personal safety and appropriate use of Library services, materials, computing equipment, and facilities by minor children.
    • Campus Police may be called to assist in locating parents/guardians of unattended minors.

C. Use and Protection of Library Building and Contents:

Users are expected to treat the Library’s building, facilities, and contents with care.

The following behaviors and activities are prohibited:

  1. Appropriation of Library furniture, study spaces, restrooms, etc., to the detriment of other Library users’ ability to enjoy a comfortable and safe environment that is conducive to research, study, and learning.
  2. Vandalizing or defacing any part of the Library building, furniture, facilities, or equipment.
  3. Failing to place trash and/or garbage in designated trash and/or recycling receptacles, willfully causing the overflow of toilets and sinks, or otherwise creating an unsafe or unhealthy environment.
  4. Holding events inside the Library or on the Library’s exterior patios without prior written permission of Library Administration.
  5. Bringing any live animal into the Library, except for those that meet the criteria described in ADA Requirements: Service Animals guidelines.
    • Animals that do not meet the ADA criteria for service animals, such as emotional support/comfort/therapy animals, even with a physician’s note or other documentation, are prohibited from entering the Library, unless approved by Library Administration and the CSUN office of Risk Management.
  6. Filming inside the Library, except under the following circumstances:
  7. The CSUN Policy on Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression and the Use of Campus Buildings and Grounds sections 6.3.3.E.i and 6.3.3.E.ii prohibit using campus property (including the interior and exterior patio of the Library) with the intent to set up “lodging or camping.”
    • Specifically, if it appears that a visitor’s primary intention is to use the Library as a lodging or place to sleep, they may be asked to leave.
  8. Using skateboards, scooters, bicycles, shopping carts, roller skates, self-balancing scooters (e.g., Hoverboard®), and other wheeled vehicles inside the Library and on the patio, except as follows:
    • Wheelchairs or other wheeled conveyances for persons with disabilities, baby strollers, rolling backpacks, shopping totes, suitcases, and trucks and carts used to transport authorized goods and materials are allowed.
  9. Willfully blocking or obstructing any Library entrance, exit, lobby area, staircase, aisle, or walkway.
  10. Willfully using or propping open any designated Library emergency exit without the threat of imminent danger or other emergency, or official order to evacuate.
  11. Posting signs, fliers, and posters on the exterior walls, doors, windows, and walkways, unless approved in advance by Library Administration.
  12. With the exception of employee offices and workspaces, posting signs, fliers, and posters on interior doors, windows, walls, floors, or ceilings of the Library.
  13. Distribution of brochures, leaflets, etc., in the Library unless approved in advance by Library Administration.
  14. Posting to the Associated Students bulletin boards located in the Library unless approved by the Matador Involvement Center.

D. Use and Protection of Library Collections and Equipment:

Users are expected to handle Library materials and equipment appropriately, and to adhere to the rules regarding the use and protection of Library collections and equipment as follows:

  1. Materials and equipment must be checked out with the appropriate campus I.D. card or Library card in order to be removed from the premises.
  2. Library materials, when checked out, are the responsibility of the borrower, whether lost, stolen, or damaged inside or outside the Library, and therefore may incur repair and replacement costs.
  3. CSUN campus I.D. cards that are lost or stolen should be reported to Guest Services, Oviatt Library, and/or to Admissions and Records in the Student Services Center, Bayramian Hall, or Human Resources in University Hall for staff and faculty. Lost or stolen Library cards should be reported to Guest Services, Oviatt Library.
  4. Materials borrowed from specialized service desks (Creative Media Studio, Reserves, etc.) must be returned directly to that same location.
  5. Materials must be returned or renewed when due, or borrowers may be billed for replacement costs or overdue fees.
  6. Concealing Library materials or equipment for the purpose of exclusive use is prohibited.
  7. Mutilating Library materials by defacing or removing pages or bindings, or in any other way damaging Library materials, may incur repair and replacement cost.
  8. Altering, disconnecting, deleting files, damaging or destroying any Library computer system, network, computer program, printers, scanners, or data is prohibited.
  9. Users are responsible for adhering to copyright laws related to photocopying, scanning, downloading, printing, etc., of any Library print or electronic resources. See also CSUN Copyrighted Materials.

E. Standards

The Oviatt Library Code of Conduct was adapted from similar policies in use at CSU Long Beach’s and other CSU campuses’ libraries, and is also based upon and/or encompasses all applicable CSUN, CSU, local, state, and federal policies; executive orders; and rules, ordinances, codes, and regulations, including:


Contact Information: For further information, contact Library Administration at 818-677-2271.