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Code of Conduct

Library staff have the authority to uphold this code and to expect cooperation from all patrons to make the Library a quiet, safe, and appropriate environment conducive for study. Together, we will:

  • Preserve an atmosphere for research and study
  • Protect Library materials and equipment
  • Respect laws and campus public safety rules

Preserve an atmosphere for research and study


  • Use group study rooms or designated group areas to talk with your group.
  • Set cell phones and other devices to silent mode. Make brief, quiet calls in the entrance area or stairwells.
  • Make sure no one else can hear your music or other sounds from a device, with or without headphones.
  • Use securely covered containers for beverages, except where signs prohibit drinks. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Eat only in designated eating areas, and clean up all waste.
  • Yield computers to UIC students, faculty, and staff engaged in academic work if you are using them for recreation.
  • Call Library Administration at least one week in advance for permission to film or photograph on Library premises and ensure minimal disruption for Library users.

Do not:

  • Engage in loud conversation or rowdy or hostile behavior, including but not limited to fighting, threatening, intimidating, or abusing Library staff or patrons.
  • Pose a sanitary or health risk to others, including offensive hygiene.
  • Buy, sell, or distribute goods/information or solicit signatures or donations for any reason.
  • Ride skateboards, skates, rollerblades, scooters, etc.
  • Display overt signs of substance abuse, including drunkenness.
  • Bring bedding or excessive amounts of personal property such as bicycles, shopping carts, or other large items into any Library facility.
  • Bring any animal other than a service animal into the Library.

Protect Library materials and equipment


  • Report to a Library staff member any defacement, misuse, or damage to Library furniture, equipment, or materials as soon as you observe it.
  • Check out and return library materials according to circulation policies.

Do not:

  • Deface, damage, or misuse Library buildings, furniture, equipment, or collections.
  • Ask to use a staff telephone or request supplies (paper, envelopes, paper clips, rubber bands, writing implements, etc.).

Respect laws and campus public safety rules


  • Use computing resources in a manner consistent with the educational and research goals of the University and in compliance with University policies and state and federal laws.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings and keep your personal belongings in your possession at all times.
  • Respond to emergency and security gate alarms and other situations as instructed by Library staff.
  • Report to Library staff and/or campus police any criminal behavior you observe, such as assault, verbal threats, bringing weapons (real or simulated) into any Library facility, public indecency, sexual harassment, theft, vandalism, and viewing child pornography.
  • Provide an adult 18 years or older to accompany children under the age of 13.
  • Download or distribute only copyrighted music, games or videos for which you own the copyright or have permission to do so.

Do not:

  • Smoke or use any tobacco product or e-cigarettes on University property.
  • Move, repair, reconfigure, modify, or attach external devices other than storage devices (e.g., flash drives) to any Library computer.
  • Bring firearms in to Library buildings.

Violations of the Code of Conduct may be referred for disciplinary action under applicable University disciplinary processes: Student Conduct Process; Faculty Handbook; and Policy and Rules for Civil Service Staff. Other Library users who violate the Code of Conduct may be subject to sanctions including:

  • being asked to leave the Library premises;
  • being banned from the University of Illinois at Chicago libraries.

Incidents that result in a ban may be appealed to UIC Library Administration. Appeals must be written and sent to:

Office of the University Librarian
University of Illinois at Chicago
801 S. Morgan, MC 234
Chicago, IL 60607

Where appropriate, instances of misconduct may be referred to local, state or federal law enforcement officials.

Revised July 2015

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