Civility and Courtesy Expectations
The staff of the Library views all of its patrons as professionals. In turn, our expectation is that patrons will conduct themselves as professionals.
We expect that all patrons will be aware of Library policies, comply with the policies, and treat all Library staff and fellow patrons civilly.
- Food is only allowed in the designated eating area located behind the Reference Desk on the seventh floor of the Library. Patrons with food in other parts of the Library will be directed to the eating area or to areas outside of the Library.
- Drinks are allowed in spill-proof containers.
- Phone conversations are not allowed inside the Library. Patrons who do not comply will be directed outside of the Library.
- Noise should be kept to a minimum inside the Library. The Library is a space for quiet study. Patrons should modulate their volume accordingly. Patrons who are distracting or disturbing to others will be reminded to comply or directed outside of the Library.
- Personal belongings should not be left unattended. There is a Lost and Found located at the Circulation Desk and at the main Security Desk in the Lobby.
- Fire Alarms and evacuation directions MUST be complied with immediately. Safety procedures and drills are held so everyone can be prepared in case of an emergency. For more information on fire safety and active shooter instructions, please see our Campus Security page.
Filming & Photography
- There is no filming or photography in the library unless permission has been granted. Contact the Library Administrative office for approval.
Use and Protection of the Collection and Equipment
- Library users are responsible for complying with the copyright laws (17 U.S.C.) of the United States. Unless specifically permitted, the copying of computer software is prohibited.
- Valid YU I.D. cards or registration receipts must be presented upon request to library staff. A YU I.D. card or registration receipt is needed each time a book is checked out.
- Reshelving of all library materials, except microforms, in their proper place is expected. Materials should not be left on tables or carrels.
- The unauthorized removal, mutilation, or defacement of library equipment and materials is prohibited.
- Fines are charged for materials not returned by the due date.
- Library materials cannot be taken into examination rooms.
- Extended conversations are permitted only in the group study rooms.
- Eating is permitted inside the library only in designated locations. All foods, whether or not they leave crumbs, attract insects and rodents. Beverages in covered containers are permitted in all library spaces, but remember that spills can cause stains, damage books and equipment – including your own, and attract pests.
Acceptable Use of Technology
- Library patrons should not move, open, tamper, or install applications on Library equipment. This includes computers, printers, and scanners.
- Students should read and understand the Yeshiva University Student Technology Resources Use Handbook which governs the use of various technology resources, including computers, Internet access, email, and telephones.
- Furniture in the Library should stay in the area for which it is intended. Moving furniture can be dangerous and cause damage and injury. There are various seating options in the Library and seat cushions available for check out at the Circulation Desk.
- Please consult with Library Staff if you are having trouble finding a comfortable space to study.
- Pets are not allowed in the library except for certain exceptions. The full University policy can be found here.
- Located on the 8th Floor of the Library, the Contemplation Room is a dedicated space for reflection, meditation, and/or prayer. Student Services maintains the guidelines for the use of the space.
- Questions about the Contemplation Room can be directed to Student Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to the Library's Interim Director, Ingrid Mattson (email@example.com)