In order to fulfill our mission to create “environments that promote the discovery of new knowledge and the transfer of existing knowledge,” the Newton Gresham Library seeks to enable and respect every patron’s right to the comfortable, constructive, and creative use of our physical space. To that end, all patrons using the library space are expected to demonstrate responsible use of campus resources and respectful behavior towards other patrons and library personnel.
In addition to any substances prohibited by federal or state laws, the following are prohibited inside the library in accordance with broader SHSU campus policies:
Additionally, the possession of firearms is governed by the concealed carry campus policy.
Food and Drink
Food and drink are generally permitted in the library with the exception of specific spaces (including the IT@Sam computer lab in Room 200 and the Special Collections & Archives).
Patrons are asked to act responsibly, clean up any food/drink messes, and dispose of trash.
Photography and Video/Audio Recording
Photographing or filming other library patrons or library personnel without their consent is prohibited. See the Recording Inside the Library Policy for more information about photo/video/audio capture.)
The library is committed to providing an environment conducive to teaching, learning, study, and research, and to providing a safe and secure environment for its users and its staff. Disruptive behavior is detrimental to that environment and may pose a threat to the safety of library users and personnel.
For the purpose of this policy, “disruptive behavior” is understood to include, but is not limited to, the following behaviors:
When one patron’s use of space disrupts other patrons (for example, exuberant noise disrupting a quiet study area), library personnel will strive to the extent possible to connect patrons with alternate spaces and resources, in order to minimize disruption and maximize each individual’s work. However, library personnel will take action as necessary to remedy persistent disruptive behavior, including, if necessary, notifying the University Police.
Use of Electrical Outlets
Electrical outlets provided in library public service spaces, including study carrels, may be used to power approved devices, including laptop computers, devices loaned to patrons by the library, and other mobile devices. They may not be used for powering small appliances, e.g., coffee pots, or any other electrical device that may pose a hazard to library equipment, facilities, and collections, e.g., space heaters. Electrical cords and power strips attached to approved devices may not be draped across aisles or arranged in any fashion that constitutes a personal hazard or that obstructs the use of identified emergency exits and/or fire doors. Library patrons may not unplug library equipment, e.g., copiers, workstations, or other peripherals, in order to access an outlet for personal use.
Use of Staff Telephones and Workstations
Library patrons may not make use of telephones, workstations, or other resources reserved for the use of library personnel.
Cell Phones and Other Mobile Devices
Recognizing that cell phones and other mobile devices are an important part of the learning environment—and an official means of emergency communication between the university and its faculty, staff, and students—the library condones their use.
Library patrons are reminded to be courteous of others in their use of cell phones and mobile devices, and to avoid disruptive volume or behavior.
Reporting Criminal Behavior
Library personnel will notify the University Police of any criminal activity conducted in any library facility or any activity that makes unauthorized or inappropriate use of library equipment, facilities, collections, or network resources. Among the areas in which the library will be particularly vigilant and pursue legal action, as appropriate, are:
Patrons suspected of theft will be given an opportunity to voluntarily return the item or else may be asked to submit to a search by University Police.
Additionally, theft or defacing University property is a violation of the student code of conduct, and students committing such acts will be reported to the Dean of Students for investigation and potential disciplinary action See Code of Student Conduct and Discipline, 5.2(14), and TSUS Rules & Regulations, Chapter VI, 5.2(8).
The safety of children in libraries is of paramount concern. Library personnel cannot assume responsibility for children. The library assumes no responsibility for the safety of children left unattended in any library facility. Children under the age of 16 may not be left unattended by parents or guardians for any period of time. Library personnel will take appropriate action upon discovering unattended children, including, but not limited to: