University Library Code of Conduct

Library & Student Services wants to ensure that the users of the University Library receive a fair and equitable experience by providing a pleasant and conducive study environment. This Code of Conduct outlines the expected behaviour of the users of our University Library services.


Behave in a courteous and considerate manner towards other users and Library & Student Services staff. Follow any instructions given to you by Library & Student Services staff.


Carry your Student ID Card at all times and show University or Security staff when requested. Notify the University if you leave or change your name or address via myUCA or Campus Registry.


Keep talking to a minimum and at a normal level, particularly in the study areas. Anyone causing a disturbance may be asked to leave. Listening to music via headphones on a computer or on a personal stereo/MP3 player is strictly prohibited in the Silent/Quiet Study Areas though it may occur in other areas of the Library at a low volume and must not be audible to others. No audio is to be played from computers.

Mobile phone

Mobile phones must be switched to silent when entering the University Library, except in the Silent/Quiet Study areas and at the helpdesks where phones must be switched off. Only use a mobile phone in designated areas. Inconsiderate mobile phone use will result in the user being asked to leave the University Library.

Eating and drinking

Food and drinks should be consumed within the University Library designated areas. Hot food may not be consumed anywhere within the University Libraries. You are allowed to bring in bottled water with a closed top.

Library transactions

You must produce your Student ID card when borrowing library materials. You are not permitted to lend your card to other people or to borrow books on their behalf. You are responsible for borrowed materials and will be charged for losses and damage, however caused. To ensure the prompt return of library materials, fines are charged for overdue items. Treat all library materials with due respect and care. You must not damage, write, highlight or underline any part of a book or library materials. Return all borrowed items when requested to enable fair usage by all users. Renew loans or return them within the specified time or when requested. Be prepared to pay any fines or charges incurred. Failure to pay outstanding charges may result in withdrawal of services.

Computing facilities

You are bound by the University's IT policies when using any of the computing or networked facilities. Please read and refer to the University's IT policies in full. Users are personally responsible and accountable for all activities carried out under their allocated username. You may only use paper, acetates or other materials supplied by the University Library in the Print & Copy Stations. Failure to do so may damage the machines and will result in liability for any damage caused. You may not tamper with or move University equipment or software.

Theft and vandalism

On leaving the Library, ensure that all borrowed materials you are carrying have been properly issued to you. On activation of the Library's security barrier alarm, please return to the Gateway Desk where you will be asked to identify the item that activated the alarm. If you are found in possession of any materials that have not been properly issued to you will be reported to your Course Leader and possible disciplinary action may be taken. Refrain from misusing or damaging any furniture or equipment within the University Library.

Legal requirements

You are expected to comply with the copyright regulations. Library & Student Services can only provide guidance on UK copyright law. If you are a student based overseas you must comply with the copyright legislation of the country you reside in. Please read information provide on the website or via the notices that are provided or ask a member of staff for assistance. Students with any outstanding debts may have their access to all University facilities and benefits (including teaching, assessment, libraries, social facilities and IT) suspended. Graduating students must return all outstanding items and clear all outstanding debts by advertised deadlines.

Breaches of the Code of Conduct

Failure to comply with these rules may lead to disciplinary action. They should be read in conjunction with the Student Regulations and the University Rules for Student Conduct. If you breach the University Library code of conduct your behaviour or actions will be reported to a senior member of staff. You may be asked to leave the University Library premises. Your rights to borrow from the Library or to use the IT facilities may be withdrawn. As part of your enrolment you will have been asked to read and agree to the Library's code of conduct. It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with the code and to observe it.

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