User Conduct and Security

The Libraries strive on behalf of all users to provide a quiet, welcoming, and respectful atmosphere that is conducive to private study and research and that is comfortable, clean, and safe for both library users and personnel. The Libraries are committed to protecting the rights of individual users and sustaining the integrity of the collections. The Libraries abide by the Code of Student Conduct, Acceptable Use Policy for Computing and Information Technology Resources, other university policies, and applicable state and federal laws.

Users who do not adhere to the following behavior guidelines may be asked to leave and may be subjected to loss of library privileges, appropriate administrative action within the university, and prosecution under state law. Flagrant or repeat violators may be banned from all university locations. Instances of non-compliance will be documented and kept on file.


Users with disabilities may bring assistance animals into the Libraries. No other animals are allowed except in accordance with Rutgers University Policy 30.1.5: Pets at the University.

Appropriate Use of the Libraries

Any activity that interferes with user or staff safety or use of the Libraries is not permitted and users engaged in these activities will be required to leave the building.

Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices

Except for medical personnel, the Rutgers University Libraries require library users to set cell phones and other electronic devices on non-audible signals. Medical personnel who cannot set their device to non-audible should use the lowest ringer or alert volume.

Children's Use of the Libraries and Electronic Resources

Children or adolescents under the age of 18 who have no university affiliation must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian at all times. Parents or guardians who bring children to the library are responsible for their protection and safety and must never leave children unattended. Children are expected to abide by all library user conduct and security policies. When a young child is in the library unattended by a parent or guardian, university police will be called to ensure the safety of the child and to assist in locating a parent or guardian. Parents or guardians are responsible for children's use of the Libraries, including access to the internet. Library personnel may request identification to verify the age and university affiliation of any unaccompanied young person.

Destruction or Mutilation of Library Materials

The Libraries are responsible for custodial care of the inventory of library resources for the benefit of the overall community. No person should willfully, maliciously, or wantonly mutilate, deface, tear, write upon, mar, or injure any library materials, electronic resources, furnishings, equipment, or facilities.

Food and Drink

Rutgers University Libraries' food and drink policies are specific to each location and are intended not only to preserve our library collections and equipment and to maintain the overall longevity and comfort of library furnishings but also to provide an environment respectful of all students' study needs. Policies vary among library locations depending on local resources and practices.

Please see the links below for food and drink policies at each location:

Motorized and Non-Motorized Conveyances

Users with disabilities may bring assistive technology such as wheelchairs into the Libraries. No other conveyances are allowed.

Noise and Other Disruptive Behavior

Library users expect the Libraries to be a place for study and research. All library users are required to be courteous and refrain from harassing or annoying others by behaving in a manner which can be expected to disturb other users. Users whose bodily hygiene is offensive so as to constitute a nuisance to other persons shall be required to leave the building.

Photographs or Films

Smoking, and the use of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes, is prohibited in all library locations in accordance with Rutgers University Policy 20.1.22: No Smoking Policy.


Commercial and charitable solicitations are prohibited in the Libraries except as previously authorized according to Rutgers University Policy 60.1.9: Commercial and Charitable Solicitations.

Staff Areas

To assure the safety and productivity of librarians and library staff, unauthorized individuals are not permitted in labeled staff areas unless invited to enter by staff as necessary for the conduct of library business.

June 29, 2021