The University Libraries serve the University community by providing an atmosphere conducive to research and study. An extension of these ideals is reflected in this Code of Conduct. Individuals or groups who engage in an unacceptable and/or disruptive behavior may be asked to leave the building. If necessary, campus police will be contacted. The library staff is concerned about the safety of our patrons. Please contact a staff member if you need any assistance. For emergencies call: University of Alabama Police Department at 348-5454 or 911. Examples of unacceptable behavior and/or disruptive behavior include, but are not limited to:
  • Creating a disturbance or behaving in a manner which interferes with normal use of the library (including rowdiness, noise, and offensive interpersonal behavior).
  • Leaving children under the age of 15 unattended in the library building. See “Unattended Minors” for more information.
  • Refusing to leave the building in a timely fashion at closing or remaining in a library building when requested to leave during emergency situations or drills.
  • Being in an unauthorized area of a library building or being in a library building during hours it is not open to the public.
  • Disruptive use of cell phones or other electronic devices in a library building.
  • Verbal abuse; verbal assault or threat to do bodily harm; engaging in any form of mental or physical harassment.
  • Fighting or otherwise acting in a disorderly manner.
  • Acting as if under the influence of alcohol or drugs or engaging in any type of substance abuse.
  • Having household appliances (i.e., coffee pots, electric heaters, toaster ovens, toasters) are not allowed in undesignated areas of the library (stacks, study spaces, computer workspaces, etc.)
  • Damaging, defacing, stealing or misusing library materials, equipment, and property.
  • Violating University and Library rules regarding computer use.
  • Stalking library staff and patrons.
  • Violating rules concerning food, beverages, and tobacco products.
  • Posting notices or leaving unsolicited materials anywhere other than designated bulletin boards.
  • Displaying material on computer workstations that others might find offensive
  • Failure to follow library circulation policies and procedures.
  • Concealing library materials in the library for the exclusive use of an individual or group.
  • Taking pictures without stated permission.
  • Possessing a weapon or hazardous substance.
  • Tampering with emergency mechanisms (fire alarms, alarms in elevators, opening emergency exits except in emergency situations).
  • Engaging in sexual activity.
  • Use of skateboards, inline skates or similar devices inside a library building.
  • Bringing animals in the library unless they are certified assistance dogs.
  • Bringing bicycles into library buildings.
  • Violating the Code of Student Conduct.

Unattended Minors

The University Libraries provides an adult, unsupervised environment and is not responsible for the safety of minors left unattended in the libraries. Minors who are 14 or younger must be accompanied and supervised in the library by a parent or designated guardian. Parents, guardians, or other responsible adults are responsible for the conduct of minors under their care while on University Libraries premises. They must provide reasonable supervision and assure that the minors under their care abide by the University Libraries public user policy. Children must stay within sight of the accompanying adult. Those bringing groups of minors to the library must provide proof of training for the University of Alabama Child Protection Policy. Children under the age of fifteen who enter the library without adult supervision will be required to leave the library. The UAPD will be contacted for assistance when an unattended child is very young (e.g., under 15). Exceptions to the parent/guardian accompaniment will be made for children participating in University-sponsored activities scheduled to occur in the University Libraries. Revised September 2019