The following COVID-19-related guidelines of the University Libraries (effective immediately) are aligned to campus response planning and promote the safety of employees, students, and other users of library collections, services, technologies, and spaces.
Effective August 9, 2021, all employees, students, and campus visitors are:
- Expected to wear masks when inside any University building. This applies to both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
- Not required to engage in physical distancing
Restrictions on food and beverage consumption and room/area occupancy limits are also suspended.
Unvaccinated Library Visitors and Users must:
- Comply with current mask protocols, as found in the University Face Mask Policy.
- Properly wear face masks so that they cover the mouth and nose.
- Not visit the Libraries if they:
- Have a temperature or symptoms associated with COVID-19
- Have a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, even if asymptomatic
- Have had close contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive for or displayed symptoms of COVID-19, even if asymptomatic
Your participation in following these guidelines will help reduce the prevalence of COVID-19 infections. Library users who refuse to comply with these requirements will be asked to leave the building and informed of available virtual and curbside services and resources.
Users of the University Libraries are expected to treat library staff, fellow users, and library materials and facilities with courtesy and respect.
This includes but is not limited to:
Refraining from defacing materials (books, videos, periodicals, etc.) and facilities with pencil, ink, markers, adhesive notes, tape, paper clips, etc.
Refraining from tearing or cutting pages from materials.
Until further notice, meal and beverage consumption in public areas of the University Libraries is limited as described in the above COVID-19 requirements.
Refraining from taking materials from the library without first checking them out or violating any other rules for library use.
Refraining from changing settings on library computers, tampering with printers, or installing unauthorized software.
Refraining from disruptive behavior, which may include but is not limited to:
- Intimidation or assault of library staff or users with language or actions.
- Failure to comply with library staff requests to adhere to library policies and guidelines.
- Behavior creating excessive noise or activity, including headphone volume levels set loud enough for others to hear.
- Behavior which interferes with library personnel’s ability to provide services.
- Possessing or being under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol.
- Possessing weapons.
- Using computers in violation of guidelines established by UCS.
Refraining from soliciting or proselytizing.
Refraining from conduct that violates other university rules or regulations.
Children under the age of 14 are welcome, but must be accompanied by and remain under the immediate supervision of a responsible adult (over 18).
Clothing tops, bottoms and footwear are expected of all visitors and must remain on throughout a visit.
Failure to comply with the University Libraries User Guidelines may result in immediate suspension of library privileges and, if appropriate, referral to law enforcement officials.