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4. Conduct in the Library

4.1. Staff and students have the right to carry out their work and study in the University libraries without intimidation or aggression from others. This includes verbal abuse, racial harassment and intimidating behaviour. Any such incident will be dealt with under the University's Disciplinary Procedures. This will include the withdrawal of library facilities.

4.2. The Library is to be used for the purpose of academic study and research and for the consultation of its collections and associated materials. Any other use must have the explicit permission of the Librarian. At their discretion, library staff may ask users to leave  if they are considered to be using the Library or IT facilities for social and recreational purposes.

4.2.1. Computing equipment in the Library must not be used for the creation, display, importation, circulation or storage of offensive material. It is the responsibility of members of the College to familiarise themselves with the relevant legislation and conditions which apply.

4.2.2. At periods of high demand Library staff can, at their discretion, ask users to refrain from the use of social networking sites and watching of videos.

4.2.3 Computers that have been left and or locked for longer than 45 minutes may be assigned to another user at the discretion of Library staff

4.2.4 Library staff do not accept liability for lost work or the late submission of work because of a failure to provide any service due to circumstances beyond its control.

4.3. Users are not permitted to consume alcohol on library premises.             

4.4. Users are not permitted to smoke in any area of the Library (Smoking electronic cigarettes to be included within this regulation).

4.5. Hot food may not be brought into or consumed anywhere within library premises; this includes the Learning Café and The Hive.

4.6.  Sandwiches and cold food are permitted in designated areas of the Library.  Please be considerate to others studying.

4.7. Cold and hot drinks in containers and with lids are permitted throughout the Library. Please be considerate to others studying.

4.8. Users are expected to assist in maintaining a clean and tidy study environment by disposing of any rubbish in the bins provided.

4.9.  Animals other than guide dogs are not allowed in the Library.

4.10.  Users must not engage in conduct to the disturbance of others. Silence must be maintained in designated silent areas. Conversation and noise must be kept to a minimum elsewhere. Users must not act disrespectfully or abusively to other users or to members of the Library staff.

4.10.1. Users are not permitted to make telephone calls in the Library except in designated areas. Mobile phones must be switched off or switched to silent in the Library.

4.11. Users shall not misuse or damage Library services, materials, property, equipment or premises in any way.

4.11.1. Sleeping bags or bedding are not permitted; sleeping is actively discouraged.

4.11.2.  Notices must not be displayed or distributed by users in any part of the Library except by or with the permission of the Librarian, nor may readers offer anything for sale in the Library.

4.12.  Users must comply with the current UK and EU legislation on copyright, data protection and computer misuse. Users of the Library photocopying services shall read and comply with the notices concerning extents of copying allowable under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and will be held personally responsible by the College for any breach of this Act.

4.13.  Users are to vacate the Library at closing time and at other times when requested to do so by Library or other College staff. Users must familiarise themselves with the location of emergency exits and leave the Library promptly by the nearest exit in the event of a fire drill or emergency.

4.14.  All persons leaving the Library shall ensure, before reaching the point of exit, that all Library property in their possession has been duly authorised for removal from the premises.

4.15.  Places at reading tables shall not be reserved. The Library staff are empowered to clear all library materials and personal property from unoccupied reading places without notice.

4.16. Library staff may inspect articles left unattended in the library or ask to inspect items in the possession of any person in the Library.

4.17.  Users for whom items are obtained through the Interlibrary Loans service shall abide by any conditions imposed on the use of these items.

4.18.  The Library staff cannot be held responsible for non-delivery of Library notices about overdue or recalled books or other matters.

4.19.  Personal property is brought into the Library at the owner's risk.

4.20.  Library staff cannot undertake to locate or transmit personal messages to persons believed to be in the Library.

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