Library Use Policy

June 2014


Welcome to the Santa Clara University Library. This guide is intended for SCU students, staff, and faculty, as well as visitors/community users who are not affiliated with the University, but who wish to use the Library's collections and/or facilities. All Library patrons must comply with these library use policies. Enforcement is supported by Campus Safety officers.

Mission Statement

The Library advances the University's mission to educate engaged and accomplished citizens through our dynamic services and unique, extensive collections. Our community-focused staff are integral partners in creating and cultivating physical and virtual learning environments for open inquiry and academic excellence.

General Use and Conduct Policies*

  1. Library patrons are expected to respect the rights of other patrons to use library resources and facilities.
  2. Library patrons are expected to respect and care for all library materials, equipment, and property and may not remove such items from the Library without proper checkout or authorization.
  3. Library patrons must not engage in disruptive activity or other behavior that interferes with the normal use and operation of the Library. Such behavior includes but is not limited to: verbal abuse, intimidation, or harassment.
  4. Library patrons must not maliciously access, alter, damage, or destroy any library computer or database.
  5. Library patrons must respect a staff member's request to relinquish a computer or other equipment for use by another patron.
  6. Non-SCU affiliates under the age of 16 must be supervised by an adult.
  7. The Library is not responsible for any loss or damage to personal property. Library patrons are responsible for their personal property at all times and should never leave personal property unattended.
  8. Brief, low volume cell phone conversations are permitted on the first floor. Please take longer conversations outside the building.
  9. Bicycles are not permitted in the Library.
  10. Only licensed service animals are allowed in the Library.
  11. When the Learning Commons is open between 11 p.m. - 7 a.m., access to the Library is limited to SCU faculty, students, and staff with a valid ACCESS card. Visitors without valid SCU identification will be asked to leave the building.

Use of Library Public Computers

Library computers are provided for research & academic work and priority is given to Santa Clara University students, faculty, and staff for educational purposes. Due to high demand, visitors and guests are granted computer access limited to two hours per day and a computer guest registration, with ID, is required. This simple registration can be completed at the Library Help Desk. Limitations may also be placed on database access to non-affiliates based on vendor contracts and license agreements. Special arrangements for visiting scholars are available; please see the Library Help Desk for more information.

Acceptable Use of Computers

Santa Clara University's Information Security Office has established an Information Resources Acceptable Use Agreement, which outlines specific prohibited actions and the responsibilities of computer users while on the SCU campus.

Food and Drink Policy

The Food and Drink Policy is designed to protect the Library's materials, equipment, and facilities. While the outdoor arcade was designed as the building space to enjoy eating while studying or meeting with friends, only beverages in closed or covered containers and snack food items are permitted in most areas of the building.

  • Acceptable beverage containers are those with lids, including pop-top cans. Lids should be kept on bottles and containers when not in use.
  • Unacceptable beverage containers are those without lids, such as open coffee mugs and disposable coffee cups without lids.
  • Acceptable food items might include chips, cookies, candy, granola bars, and health bars.
  • Unacceptable food items include hot entrees, burgers, pizza, sandwiches, salads, burritos, or other messy items.

Food and beverages are not permitted in the following areas:

  • Archives & Special Collections
  • Near photocopiers, printers, and microfilm readers

Food and beverages are discouraged in the Book Stacks and other areas housing library materials.




*With nods to the University of Virgina Library's "Use of the Library" Policy.