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Access, Usage and Conduct Policy for University Libraries

The University of Denver Libraries are a destination for students, faculty, and researchers from every part of campus and beyond. A broad spectrum of activity within the DU Libraries reflects the diversity within the academic community. The Libraries aim to limit disruptions to the everyday work of students, faculty, and staff who rely on the environments the Libraries provide, while also accommodating the diverse needs of the campus community.

Users of the DU Libraries may expect: an environment that is welcoming, safe, and free of disorderly activity, confidential access to materials, and spaces that provide both quiet study and collaborative areas for work. All users of the DU Libraries are expected to behave in a manner which promotes the full use, operation, and enjoyment of the Libraries' resources and facilities.

The Libraries' Access, Usage, and Conduct Policy has been created to protect the rights and safety of the patrons and Libraries faculty and staff and to preserve and protect the DU Libraries materials, equipment, and facilities. Patrons in violation of these policies may be asked to leave and could be denied future access to the Libraries' spaces, services, and/or resources. Disorderly or unlawful behavior will be reported to DU Campus Safety and the Denver Police Department.

We welcome visitors who are not affiliated with the University of Denver, however, our focus remains on our primary University of Denver community, as well as the use of the Libraries for research and study purposes.

Patron Conduct Guidelines 

  1. Disorderly behavior will not be tolerated. Disorderly behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:
    • Language or action that is intimidating or disrespectful to library staff or other users.
    • Refusing to leave a library unit at closing time.
    • Entering areas of the library marked "Staff only."
    • Behavior that is unreasonably distracting or impedes staff or users' ability to use the library for its intended purpose.
  2. Spaces are designated as collaborative or varying levels of quiet; users are expected to respect those designations.
  3. Study rooms are available on all levels of the Anderson Academic Commons and are intended to support academic work by University of Denver students, staff and faculty working on group projects, studying together, or conducting meetings. Priority use of the rooms will be given to students using them for group study. Patrons are expected to comply with all study room usage guidelines.
  4. Solicitation, including the selling or promotion of goods or services, is not allowed. University-affiliated organizations may reserve a table at the entrance of the AAC for promotion of University-sponsored services, resources or events and/or for gathering feedback from the DU community.
  5. Adults who bring minors into the library are responsible for monitoring their conduct at all times.
  6. The destruction of library material and property will not be tolerated.
  7. Bikes, skateboards, scooters, roller skates, etc. are not allowed to be used in the Anderson Academic Commons. Bikes should be left outside at the bike racks near the entrance to the AAC (AAC Staff are exempt from this policy).
  8. Service animals are welcome in the Anderson Academic Commons. No other animals, including emotional support animals, are allowed in the Libraries. Per the Disability Services Handbook, Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) "may be allowed in University housing and residence hall commons areas, but may not accompany students to other University buildings or sites". For additional information on disability access, please see Accessibility and the Libraries.
  9. Anderson Academic Commons and the Music Library, like all campus buildings and vehicles, are a smoke-free environment in compliance with both DU policy and the City of Denver ordinances. Tobacco, smokeless tobacco products (chew/dip), and electronic cigarettes are strictly prohibited in the Libraries. The University of Denver and University Libraries is committed to a drug-free workplace and prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of controlled substances by employees, students, subcontractors, consultants and visitors.
  10. Alcohol may not be consumed in the Libraries except during events approved by the Libraries. University-sponsored events with alcohol in the Libraries must follow the DU Alcohol Policy and the consumption of alcohol must be kept within the space where the event is taking place. Alcohol consumption by anyone under the age of 21 is prohibited at all times.
  11. Users may only post approved signs, posters, and fliers, in designated areas. Filming and photography inside the AAC and Music Library is only permitted with permission from the Dean's Office.
  12. In consideration of others, please put cell phones on silent while in the Libraries. If users need to receive or make a call, please do so away from designated silent and quiet study areas or outside of the Libraries.
  13. Please be mindful of policies related to food and beverages. While food and beverages are allowed in most areas of the Anderson Academic Commons, areas that contain special collections, rare materials, or technology have restrictions on these items. 

All Libraries users and guests are expected to abide by all other University Approved Policies.

Questions, Comments, or Concerns

Exceptions to these policies may be granted in order to accommodate special events held in the Libraries. Please contact the Libraries Dean's Office at (303) 871-2007 for more information.

Please report concerns with these policies and disorderly or suspicious behavior to the Lending Desk, located on the main floor of the AAC, or call (303) 871-3707. In life-threatening emergencies, or when you need immediate police, fire, or medical assistance, please make the following TWO calls: 911 and 303-871-3000 (Campus Safety Emergency number).

Users can report a crime or Honor Code violation to Campus Safety at any time by calling 303-871-2334.