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Policy: Use of the University Libraries 

Date: 02/10/06 Policy ID: PRM-005 Status: Final

Policy Type: University
Contact Office: University Librarian
Oversight Executive: Executive Vice President and Provost
Applies To:  University libraries’ patrons: students, faculty, staff and visitors.
Table of Contents: Policy Statement
Reason for Policy:  To assist in maintaining a comfortable and safe environment that promotes free intellectual exploration, research and learning.
Policy Summary: 
Definition of Terms in Statement: 
Policy Statement: 

The University of Virginia Library system seeks to provide all patrons with a welcoming, comfortable and safe environment that promotes free intellectual exploration, research and learning. In their use of the libraries, patrons must comply with policies specifically applicable to and posted at individual libraries such as Darden, Law, and Health Sciences. Central grounds libraries are regulated by specific policies found at http://www.lib.virginia.edu/policies/. Members of the general public, “community patrons,” are welcome to use library facilities.

Library patrons are expected to respect the rights of others to use library resources and facilities in a quiet, clean and peaceful atmosphere and to respect and care for all library materials, equipment and property. Library patrons must not engage in disruptive activity or other behavior that interferes with the normal use and operation of the libraries (see http://www.lib.virginia.edu/policies/use.html for specific library use policies applicable to central grounds library facilities).

The UVA libraries prioritize certain services, resources and space to the University community and affiliated researchers. In particular, library computers are limited in number, and often in high demand. Therefore, priority use of library computers is reserved for students, faculty and staff engaged in education-related activities.

Failure to comply with library policies may be grounds for removal from the UVA library system on a temporary or permanent basis, removal from the University Grounds for trespass, or the filing of criminal charges. Use of the UVA libraries is a privilege, not a right.

Related Information: 

Use of University Resources (Financial & Administrative Policy Manual)
Use of University Resources (Undergraduate Record)

Policy Background: 
Major Category: Physical Resource Management
Category Cross Reference: 
Next Scheduled Review: 02/10/12
Approved By, Date: Policy Review Committee, 02/10/06
Revision History: 
Supersedes (previous policy):   Previous version in effect from November 2004 through 2/10/2006.