Building Use Policy

SOUL strives to make its holdings as available as possible to its users in the community, while simultaneously fulfilling its primary obligation toward the O6U.

The Library welcomes the surrounding community and the public during the opening hours.

Users who refuse to leave the building when the library is closed are considered trespassers and will be reported to university security.

Reading Halls

Quiet study areas are available in the Library.  In these areas, audible cell phone should be switched off and conversation should be limited. Group study rooms are available.  Group work and conversation are encouraged in the group study rooms.

If a user or group isn’t following the rules of the quiet study floor(s)/area(s) you may point it out to them. If you are not comfortable doing so, please go to the service desk to report it. Be sure to give a specific location and descriptive information about the person/persons involved.


With the exception of service animals, no animals are permitted in the library. Users bringing non-service animals into the library will be asked to leave.


Bicycles may not be brought into the library buildings. Bicycles may be parked outside the library buildings.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not permitted in the library premises.

Destruction of Library Property

Destruction of furniture, books, magazines/periodicals, etc., is considered destruction of university property and all incidents of this nature will be reported to university security.

Cell Phone Use

Cell phone use is permitted outside the reading areas of the library. Patrons are expected to be respectful of other patrons while using their cell phones. If a patron isn’t being respectful of others, you may point it out to them. If you are not comfortable doing so, please go to a service desk to report the problem. Be sure to give a specific location and descriptive information about the person/persons involved.


Because OPAC is a resource for all, it is important that users of the collections do not intentionally prevent others from accessing borrowed items in the collection. The borrowed items should be returned on time (due dates may be managed on-line, in person, or by phone).

Please do not keep items that are not checked out in study carrels or hidden within the shelves.

Violations of the latter policies may result in penalties (fines/fees) up to and including suspension of library privileges.

The following examples are intended to clarify the interpretation of unacceptable use of University Library computers.

Examples of unacceptable use

  • Any use that violates copyrights, patent protections, or license agreements. Specific examples of violations include unauthorized copying of software, downloading and using pirated software, systematically downloading or printing entire journal issues or volumes or large portions of electronic resources.
  • Attempts to gain unauthorized access to information systems or violate the privacy of others. Prohibited activities include running programs that attempt to calculate or guess passwords, or that are designed to trick other users into disclosing their passwords, or intercepting or monitoring network communications that are not intended for you.
  • Viewing material that violates local laws or regulations, including those regarding accessing, viewing, printing, and distributing child pornography.
  • Tampering with library computers, including attempting to install unauthorized software, disconnecting library computers, or connecting private computers to the library’s network lines.