Patron Conduct Policy

Maag Library is intended for the use of students, faculty, and staff in accordance with the research and educational aims of the university. Persons not affiliated with the university who wish to make use of the library in accordance with those aims for research and educational needs that cannot be met by their local public library, are welcome.

Any person in the library whose behavior falls outside the above-mentioned guidelines may be asked by library personnel to leave, be evicted from the premises by Campus Police, or be subject to arrest by Campus Police.

Decisions concerning behavior consistent with the research and educational aims of the university will be at the discretion of the Executive Director of the University Library.

Individuals may be subject to discipline and/or legal action for the following reasons:

  • Damage, defacement, or destruction of library materials, equipment, or facilities.
  • Creation of any public disturbance.
  • Any deviant or abusive behavior, whether in general or directed at any specific person or persons.
  • Any activity that distracts other patrons from their research or educational activities.
  • Any prolonged use of the facilities without a demonstrated engagement in research or study.

In most cases, the Classified or Professional/Administrative personnel on duty will enforce this building policy. In situations where patrons ignore warnings or in which library personnel feel threatened, Campus Police will be called. Routine calls for Campus Police will be channeled through the Circulation Area. Emergency calls may be placed by anyone.

Adapted from The Ohio State University, University Libraries Building Use Policy.