Conduct affecting the proper use and enjoyment of the Library by others is a disciplinary offence. Users must act with courtesy and consideration for other users and staff at all times. Excessive noise is not acceptable in the library and inappropriate, aggressive or anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
Infringement of these regulations may result in an individual being asked to leave the premises, loss of borrowing and access rights or a fine. In the event of an infringement of a serious nature the relevant formal University disciplinary procedures will be invoked. The University Librarian is empowered to withdraw or restore privileges, to impose appropriate restrictions, or invoke formal disciplinary procedures.
If a disciplinary offence is committed by a person who is not subject to the University’s Ordinance on Discipline, the Librarian can suspend the offender’s right to use the Library and may take disciplinary and or legal action if appropriate. In particular it will be a disciplinary offence:
- To wilfully attempt to remove a book from the library without carrying out the proper borrowing procedure.
- To wilfully damage a book in any way, including marking or annotating it or interfering with evidence of the University’s ownership.
- To fail to comply with the specific zoning restrictions on parts of the library building, in terms of maintaining a quiet or silent environment.
- To sleep anywhere in the library.
- To bring in or consume hot food in the library (Cold food and hot and cold drinks with secure lids may be brought into the library).
- To bring or consume alcohol in the Library.
- To bring animals into the Library except for Guide dogs and assistance dogs.
- To fail to leave the Library premises promptly when closing, in an emergency or statutory fire drill, or when requested to do so.
- To smoke (including e-cigarettes) or use matches or lighters in any part of the Library premises.
- To infringe, by the use of Library facilities or materials, copyright legislation or the terms of any copyright licensing agreement entered into by the University.