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Code of Conduct Policies

 

General Library Use Policy

 

The MSMU Libraries provide services, resources, and spaces that support the educational mission of the University. We maintain a positive and respectful environment and expect all library users to conduct themselves with civility, integrity, and respect for others.

Violations of University policies, theft or misuse of library materials, or disruption of the learning environment can result in loss of privileges and disciplinary action.

Please contact a library staff member if you need assistance. We are here to help you.

Think Civility in the Library

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Think Civility in the Library - MSMU

 

Food and Drink Policy

 

The MSMU Libraries policies allow library users to have limited access to food and drink.
Please respect the following guidelines:

  • Beverage containers must have tops or lids (coffee cups with lids, twist top bottles, travel mugs).
  • Do not bring in greasy, sticky, crumbly, or aromatic foods.
  • Use care when consuming food and drink while using computers and library materials.
  • Dispose of food and drink containers in trash bins or recycling bins. Preferably, use trash bins located outside of the buildings when possible.
  • Food residue attracts insects and rodents — Alert library staff about any spills or messes.
  • Individuals failing to comply with these guidelines may be asked to leave the library.
  • Some library locations, such as Archives & Special Collections, have unique or at-risk resources and may have additional food and drink restrictions.
  • The MSMU Libraries reserve the right to suspend these guidelines for special library events.

Please consult with library staff if you have any questions.

 

Cell Phone Policy

 

The MSMU Libraries policies allow library users to use their phones in the libraries.
Please respect the following guidelines:

  • Please keep your cell phones on silent at all times when in the library.
  • Please take all phone conversations outside or to an unoccupied group study room.
  • If you are using your phone to listen to music or videos, please make sure that your headphones or earbuds are completely plugged-in, and that the level of noise is not loud enough to disturb people nearby.

Please consult with library staff if you have any questions.

 

Group Study Room Policy

 

The MSMU Libraries policies allow library users to make reservations for group study rooms in the libraries.
Please respect the following guidelines:

Making a Reservation

  • All current students should make room reservations online. 
  • Room reservations are first-come, first-serve.
  • Study room reservations are available up to 1 week in advance.
  • Students may select a time slot and submit reservation using the online calendar Reserve a Study Room.
  • Students who make the room reservations must check their email and click the confirmation link to confirm their reservation within 1 day. To cancel a reservation, students may use the link provided in their room confirmation email.

Eligibility

  • Students seeking to reserve a room must be current MSMU students, be in a group of two or more, and possess a current MSMU ID.
  • Rooms cannot be reserved or held by a single user for any amount of time. Parties of one are asked to make use of other various seating areas throughout the library.

Room Reservation Policy

  • Reservations made by groups who are more than 15 minutes late will be forfeited to any other groups who are waiting for a room.
  • All rooms may be used for no longer than two hours per group, per day.
  • Groups may not extend a room reservation beyond 2 hours. However, they may stay in a room until another group with a valid reservation arrives.
  • Groups must be present in the room during the entire reservation. Any materials left abandoned for lengthy periods of time may result in a forfeiture of the room.
  • Groups must be prepared to vacate the rooms at the end of the reserved time.
  • Rooms may be reserved for use only during the libraries' regular open hours.
  • All rooms must be completely vacated 5 minutes before library closing.

Additional Room Guidelines

  • Students are responsible for the room and its contents.
  • The MSMU Libraries are not responsible for personal belongings; never leave belongings unattended in study rooms.
  • Study rooms are not soundproof; users should be courteous to other library patrons and maintain a respectful noise level.
  • All library policies (including those dealing with food, drink, and noise levels) apply to study rooms.
  • Rooms must be left in good order for the next group; please throw out all trash.

Maximum room capacity is determined by fire and safety regulations and may not be exceeded at any time.

Thank you for your cooperation and your help in making the library a respectful learning environment.

Please consult with library staff if you have any questions.

 

Computing and Technology Resources Policy

 

Acceptable use of MSMU Libraries' Computing and Technology Resources

When using MSMU's computer resources, individuals must comply with the rules and policies outlined in MSMU's Acceptable Use Policy. Library computers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Occasionally, library computers may be reserved for testing. Electronic resources licensed by the library must only be used for non-commercial, educational, or personal research purposes.

 


Library Materials, Fines, and Replacement Policies

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Policy

 

General ILL Policy


The MSMU Libraries’ Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service enables MSMU students, faculty, and staff to borrow materials not available in MSMU libraries. You do not need to specify where the materials should come from; MSMU library staff will automatically search for availability in other libraries.

Eligibility

The service is free to eligible borrowers:
  • MSMU students
  • MSMU faculty and staff members

ILL Request Form

ILL Materials Request

 

Delivery of ILL Materials

  • Short Works: When possible, articles, book chapters, and other short works will be scanned and emailed directly to your MSMU email address.
  • Long Works: Longer works, such as books, DVDs, and whole journals, will be physically mailed to MSMU. Upon their arrival, you will be notified via your MSMU email. The ILL materials will then be available for you to check out at the circulation desk at the campus you originally selected.

Items That Can Be Requested

  • Items not owned by MSMU libraries
  • Items that are unavailable (checked-out) at MSMU libraries (this may exclude some course reserves)
  • Items missing from MSMU libraries
  • Items at MSMU libraries that can no longer circulate because of their fragile condition

Items That Cannot Be Requested

  • Some textbooks and course reserves may not be available from other libraries
  • Non-circulating items (Items that do not circulate from other libraries may include: special collections materials, reference materials, encyclopedias, dictionaries, workbooks, etc.)

Items That May Be Difficult to Obtain

  • Entire journal volumes or issues
  • Titles only owned at one institution
  • ePub/articles ahead of print dates (pre-publication materials)

 

Fines Policy

 

General Fines Notes

  • To avoid overdue fines, items should be returned by 11:59 PM on the due date.
  • Overdue fines will only be accrued when the library is open.
  • Hourly reserve items that are checked out less than 2 hours before the library closes will be due 2 hours after the library opens the next day.
  • Items on hold will be held at the circulation desk for 14 days.
  • For interlibrary loan () books, the due dates, fines, and replacement fees are set by the lending institution.

Lost Materials Replacement Fees


General MSMU Item Replacement Fee:
$35
Processing Fee (per item): $10

  • If a lost item costs more than $35 to replace, the patron will be charged the amount it costs the library to replace the item.
  • The patron will be charged a $10 processing fee for any lost or replaced items.
  • Patrons may supply a replacement copy, but please consult with a library staff member before purchasing an item to replace a lost copy.
  • Only approved replacement copies will be accepted in lieu of the replacement fee. A $10 non-refundable processing fee of $10 will still apply.

LINK+ Replacement Fee: $115

Borrower privileges may be suspended for reasons including, but not limited to, failing to return materials, returning damaged materials, and not paying fines.

 

View Fines Table