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Library User Conduct Policy

Welcome to the Health Sciences Library (HSLib) of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. The resources and services that the Library provides are designed to support the students, faculty, and staff of the John A. Burns School of Medicine and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in their scholarly endeavors related to the health sciences. The HSLib is also open to members of the general public. Everyone is welcome to visit the facility and peruse the Library collections. However, certain resources and services are restricted to those affiliated with the University Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

The purpose of the Library User Conduct Policy is to inform you of your responsibilities. The Library User Conduct Policy is applicable to all. The Library encourages, you, as a library user, to consider not only your needs, but also the needs of others. Violations should be reported to Library staff. Library staff will immediately report all incidents to the appropriate authorities. Disruptive behavior may result in expulsion from the Library.

HSLib seeks to provide all library users with a quiet atmosphere appropriate for research, study, and reading. To ensure that the environment is conducive to study and research, all users are to abide by this Library User Conduct Policy. The Library is committed to administering its policies in a fair and equitable manner.

General Rules of Conduct

  1. Library users are NOT allowed to enter restricted areas unless authorized by library staff. Restricted areas include the Administrative Offices and the area behind the Information Services Desk.
  2. Library users must help to maintain a quiet environment and refrain from engaging in any behavior that interferes with the normal use of the Library by others.
  3. Library users must silence their pagers, and/or cell/smart phones prior to entering the Library. If taking or making phone calls by voice, users must take these calls outside of the Library to prevent disturbing others.
  4. Library users must not interfere with an employee’s performance of his/her duties.
  5. Individuals – either library users or employees — must not engage in verbal or physical abuse, intimidation, sexual harassment or harassment of any kind.
  6. Library users must not engage in sexual behavior.
  7. Children under the age of 13 may NOT be left unattended for any period of time.
  8. Library materials must be returned or renewed on or before the expiration of the loan period. Library users must return borrowed items if requested by Library staff. Library materials, equipment or property must NOT be taken from library buildings without proper checkout or authorization. See Library Circulation Policy.
  9. Library materials must NOT be concealed or hidden in the Library for the exclusive use of individuals or groups.
  10. Library users must handle library materials carefully so that they are not defaced or damaged in any way. Library users must NOT mark, underline, remove or fold pages or portions of pages, remove binding, or use post-its and paper clips.
  11. Library users engaging in vandalizing, altering or damaging library buildings, furniture or equipment, including computer systems, networks, programs or data, are in violation of Hawai‘i State Law and will be prosecuted to the full extent of that Law.
  12. Library users must follow the Health Sciences Library Computer Use Policy. University of Hawai‘i faculty, students, staff and other UH affiliated users have priority to use library computers and other equipment in public areas. Community users may be asked to relinquish computers/terminals and other equipment to UH affiliated users with valid UH identification.
  13. Library equipment, such as computers, printers, and copiers, are available to support medical education and research and for accessing and using the resources of the Health Sciences Library only. Personal copying/printing by members of the public is strictly prohibited.
  14. Library users must obey applicable intellectual property law, including the U.S. Copyright Law.
  15. Library users are not permitted to consume food or beverages in the HSLib. The only exception is plain water, which must be carried in a sealable container. The HSLib reserves the right to inspect all drinking containers to ensure compliance.
  16. As of August 17, 2015 use of tobacco products is not permitted on UH grounds. Please refer to the UH Smoke-Free Campus webpage for details.
  17. Library users are solely responsible for their personal property. The Library and its staff are NOT responsible for any lost or stolen items.
  18. Personal items, including notebooks and books, should NEVER be left in carrels, on library tables, or in study rooms unattended. The Library does not have enough study space to allow for students or others to “squat” or “claim” study space beyond the time that the individual is utilizing the space in person. Library staff will box up unattended items and leave with the JABSOM Security.
  19. Library users are required to leave the Library at closing and during emergency situations, drills, or following a violation of this Library Use and Conduct Policy.
  20. Bicycles, mopeds, and scooters are to be parked in designated areas only. These items may NOT be brought into the Library. Extremely large and bulky personal items such as surfboards are also not allowed in the Library. Rollerblading, skateboarding, or skating are NOT permitted in the Library.
  21. With the exception of service animals as defined in Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and on-duty police dogs, animals are NOT permitted in the Library. The Library reserves the right to request documentation identifying service animals.
  22. Animals may NOT be left fastened to handrails or posts outside the Library while the owner/caretaker is inside the building.
  23. Firearms or other deadly weapons, explosives and/or explosive devices, or other dangerous devices are NOT permitted in the Library.

Violation of Rules of Conduct

Any person who violates these rules of conduct may be asked to leave the Library and may be refused future access to the Library, including its resources and services. Such persons may be subject to the sanctions of suspension, prosecution, forfeiture, warning and restitution, as well as criminal penalties and civil fines, and may be accountable to University and civil authorities (city, state, or federal). The Health Sciences Library User Conduct Policy supplements the UH Student Conduct Code and other University System policies.