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Richard Bland College Library has modeled its policy
on the Library Conduct Policy developed by
the Swem Library of The College of William and Mary.
Mission and Purpose
As an integral part of Richard Bland College's mission and academic program, the Richard Bland College Library actively participates in teaching, learning, and research through its collections, services, facilities, and staff.
To ensure that all of our Library patrons have full access to these resources, the Library provides an environment conducive to research and study.
Library users must conduct themselves in a manner that preserves the rights of others, maintains the effective operations of the library, and protects library materials and property.
All library users are entitled to:
- courteous assistance from library staff
- access to library resources
- a quiet research and study environment
- a clean physical environment
All library users have the obligation to:
interact courteously with other users and library staff;
maintain a quiet research and study environment, free of noise, distractions, and other offensive interpersonal behavior; cellular telephones must be used in the lobby or outside;
preserve accessibility to library materials by:
a. providing appropriate IDs or library cards, as requested;
b. checking out materials properly;
c. returning materials on time and to the proper location; and
d. responding promptly to all library notices;
keep library materials and property clean, unmarked, and intact;
maintain library computer systems by refraining from unauthorized access and alteration of any library computer system, network computer program, or data;
abide by copyright laws and/or the College's policies on copyright;
maintain a clean environment by not smoking, not eating or drinking at computer workstations, and disposing of trash and recyclables appropriately;
use only authorized areas of the library during library hours; exit the building when requested, such as during emergency situations or drills;
ensure the safety of all persons in the library by abstaining from activities inside or outside the library that would endanger others, including bringing unauthorized weapons, vehicles or equipment, animals, and other items onto library premises.
Children in the Library
The Richard Bland College Library is geared to the use of college-level students. Librarians and other staff cannot be responsible for monitoring children. Since the RBC Library staff wishes to provide an atmosphere conducive to students and research, the following policies will apply:
- Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times. If the child is using a computer, the parent/guardian must sit next to the child. Library staff is not responsible for children under 16 or what they view while online. In addition, if all computers are being used and an RBC student needs to use a computer, the child will be asked to give up their computer.
- Children under 16 years of age must be quiet. A parent of a child who is disruptive will be asked to leave. (Disruption includes being loud, roaming unsupervised and any other behaviors that result in an atmosphere not conducive to the library.)
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