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Code of Conduct


University at Albany
University Libraries’ Code of Conduct
(Revised September 2007, August 2016)

The regulations governing the use of the University Libraries have been formulated to ensure fair access to resources and services, to provide facilities conducive to serious study and to protect the collections. Library users who do not comply with library regulations may be asked to leave the libraries, have their borrowing privileges revoked, and/or be referred to Community Standards. The authority to establish library regulations comes from Libraries of public institutions of higher education; access and use (NY EDUC § 249-a).


  1. Smoking or the use of smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, or vaping is prohibited in the University Libraries.

  2. Pets and other animals, with the exception of service dogs, are not permitted in the University Libraries. (Please note that the Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR 104 (2015), defines service animals as dogs only.)

  3. Anything which interferes with the study and research of others (i.e. rowdiness, loud noise or talking, offensive behavior) will not be tolerated. Patrons are expected to comply with posted noise level zones throughout the University Libraries.

  4. Attempted removal of library materials or property without check-out or without proper authorization is prohibited. When leaving the building all library users must be prepared to permit an inspection of all cases, knapsacks, handbags and any other parcels. ( 9 NYCRR 300.29)

  5. Mutilation of library materials by marking, underlining, removing pages or portions of pages, removing bindings, or in any other way damaging or defacing library materials or property, is prohibited.

  6. Concealing library materials in the library for the exclusive use of an individual or group is prohibited.

  7. Harassment of the University Libraries’ staff or users will not be tolerated.

  8. Being in an unauthorized area of any of the Libraries’ buildings, remaining in the Libraries’ buildings after closing, or after being asked to leave during emergency evacuation alarms, is prohibited. Users are expected to have completed all library transactions before closing time.

  9. The use of roller blades, skate boards, bicycles, hoverboards and other wheeled recreational devices are not allowed in any of the University Libraries’ buildings.

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