DULA Library Policies

Policies

User Rights & Responsibilities

The Library supports the information needs of all who require its resources, and is committed to protecting the rights of all users by maintaining an academic environment that promotes the pursuit of knowledge.
 
Library users have the right to:
  • access a safe, respectful and welcoming environment that fosters scholarly research and collaboration
  • request others to end conversations, lower voices, and otherwise enforce an environment conducive to academic study
  • request and receive assistance from library staff to enforce an environment conducive to academic study
  • expect that library staff will manage disruptive or disrespectful behavior with professionalism, and take appropriate steps to restore an academic atmosphere
 

Library users have the responsibility to:

  • treat others with dignity and respect
    • refrain from offensive, discriminatory and threatening language and actions
  • abstain from behavior that impedes the right of others to use the Library for academic study
    • refrain from talking loudly
    • ensure that all personal devices are turned off or on silent mode
  • respect the Library’s facilities, collections and service
    • refrain from marking, annotating or otherwise damaging library materials
    • refrain from removing, vandalizing or otherwise abusing library furniture and equipment
    • refrain from eating or drinking outside of university designated areas
  • act conscientiously as library borrowers
    • ensure that all items are returned by the dates specified, or incur fees
    • settle all library debts swiftly to avoid suspension of borrowing privileges
    • for graduating students, failure to pay debts to the Library will result in degree certification being withheld
  • abide by all Library policies
Any library user who engages in disruptive or disrespectful behavior will be asked to comply with Library rules and policies by library staff. Users who remain unresponsive to these requests or repeatedly violate the rules will be subject to further enforcement measures; e.g. library staff may give a verbal warning, refuse access to library materials and services, or ask the user to leave.
 
Should actions that are criminal or threaten safety occur, or when moderate measures to restore an appropriately academic environment fail, library staff will enlist the aid of campus security and/or police.  
Violators may lose all library privileges, be fined for damage to library property, be subject to disciplinary action, and/or be subject to arrest and criminal prosecution.

Cell Phones

Cell phone conversations are not allowed within library facilities. Phones must be turned off or on silent mode when entering the premises.
 
As a courtesy to others, please hold cell phone conversations outside of library facilities.

Noise

The Library cultivates an environment conducive to quiet study and scholarly research. Disturbances or behaviors that interfere with the normal use of the library by others are not acceptable.
  • Use of any personal equipment or devices should not be loud enough to disturb others.
  • Please be considerate of other patrons and limit conversation and volume.
  • The Computer Lab is available for group study and conversation at a reasonable volume.

Food & Drink

Food and drinks are not permitted inside library facilities, with the exception of drinks with a secure lid.

Computer Lab

Behavior related to the use of the computers and computer lab must comply with the rules and procedures posted at the appropriate area.
 
In general, these rules and procedures are as follows:
  • No food or drink, with or without lid.
  • Conversation on cell phones is prohibited.
  • Removal, abuse of or tampering with equipment is prohibited.
    • Examples of such prohibited action include but are not limited to: unplugging equipment, pounding keyboard, removing mouse from computer station, and turning off computer.
  • Accessing and/or downloading illegal material on computers is prohibited.
  • Saving or downloading illegal or infected files, documents and software onto computers is prohibited.
    • Any and all unauthorized files, documents or software found on computers will be removed immediately.
  • Newspapers, journals and magazines must remain inside the Library or study area.
  • Footwear must be worn at all times. Feet are not allowed on computer workstations, tables and furniture.

Personal Property

Personal items and materials may not be left unattended for more than 15 minutes. Belongings left beyond the time limit will be removed by library staff.
 
The Library is not responsible for the loss or damage of any personal possessions.

Vandalism, Theft & Damages

Removing, defacing, abusing, damaging or otherwise tampering with library materials, furniture, equipment and facilities is strictly prohibited.
 
Violators will be fined and subjected to disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution.

Freedom to Access

The Library provides resources and services that support the teaching, learning and research missions of DULA. To facilitate the effective pursuit of such scholarship and intellectual development, the Library cultivates an environment of open inquiry and advocates access to information from all perspectives.
 
Users are therefore welcome to utilize the Library’s resources, with the understanding that lawful materials containing content that may be considered offensive or controversial will not be sanitized, withheld or otherwise limited. In accordance with the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read Statement, the Library champions the procurement, production and preservation of knowledge through inclusivity and access, condemning censorship and suppression.
 
Access restrictions are consequently minimized to allow free exchange and expression of ideas, information and experiences, applying only to those that threaten the privacy or safety of DULA students, faculty and staff.

Electronic Resources Policies

Usage of electronic resources offered by the Library is regulated by contractual license agreements with resource providers, limiting access to current DULA students, faculty and staff. It is the library user’s responsibility to ensure that these resources are used for personal, educational and non-commercial purposes only.
 
Abuse of electronic resources by repeatedly downloading, distributing or retaining excessive quantities of information is expressly prohibited. Examples of prohibited actions include, but are not limited to: downloading or printing entire issues of journals, and uploading content to blogs, online forums or mailing lists.
 
Misuse of electronic resources violates contractual license agreements with the Library’s resource providers, and may result in the suspension of resource access for all library users.

Fair Use & Copyright Law

The Library advocates the growth of knowledge and supports intellectual development through the continual expansion and refinement of its collections, services and information technologies. In pursuit of these endeavors, the Library is dedicated to strict adherence to intellectual property law, and to preserving the rights of copyrights owners and users of copyrighted works in compliance with the fair use provisions of the Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. Section 107).

It is therefore incumbent upon the Library to educate the students, faculty and staff of DULA on the fair use of copyrighted works, and to uphold and promote fair use through execution of the following:
  • Develop and enforce library standards, procedures and policies that do not limit fair use.
  • Engage in contractual licensing agreements that allow access and use of information without restricting fair use.
  • Provide information and resources on fair use and copyrighted works for DULA students, faculty and staff.
  • Inform and instruct DULA students, faculty and staff on their rights and responsibilities under the fair use provisions of the Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. Section 107), and their appropriate application in the use of copyrighted works.

Donations

Donated materials are considered for acceptance into the collections if they meet DULA’s instructional and research needs. Appropriate donated materials will enhance existing collections; e.g. recently published academic journals, reference OM books, multimedia items on OM practice, and books that fill collection gaps.
 
Potential donors may contact the DULA Librarian to arrange the review of materials.
 
Donation Guidelines
  • Donations presented to the Library are accepted for review only. There is no guarantee that the donation will be added to the Library’s collections.
  • Donated materials must be given without restrictions. Items are not returned, whether added to the collection or not.
  • Acceptance of donated materials for review is limited due to time and space constraints.
  • The Library is unable to accept donations of duplicate materials, outdated books or journals, obsolete multimedia formats and materials in poor physical condition.
  • A form acknowledging the donor and number of donations is provided to the donor.
  • The Library does not assign a monetary value to donations for tax purposes, or supply a list of items donated.