North Hall Library


Code of Conduct

North Hall Library Code of Conduct

Individuals are expected to obey all applicable university policies and laws of the local, state, and federal government.

Certain activities, detailed below, are in conflict with the mission of North Hall Library.  They include, but are not limited to, the following prohibited behaviors.

Use and protection of the Collections

  1. Removing or attempting to remove library materials, equipment or property without proper checkout or other official library authorization.
  2. Failing to either renew or return library materials when due.
  3. Concealing library materials in the Library for the exclusive use of an individual or group.
  4. Mutilating library materials by marking, underlining, removing pages or portions of pages, removing binding, removing electronic anti-theft devices, using paper clips or in any other way damaging or defacing library materials.
  5. Eating in the Library (excpt in the Visual News Library) and drinking (except in approved containers).
  6. Smoking in buildings or near entrances and exits.
  7. Use of smokeless tobacco.
  8. Failing to adhere to copyright laws, including systematically downloading, printing, or disseminating content or resources in violation of copyright laws.

Use and protection of the building and library equipment

  1. Being in unauthorized areas of the Library, remaining in the Library after closing or when requested to leave an area or building during emergency situations, drills, or when not abiding by The North Hall Library's Conduct Policy.
  2. Opening emergency exits / windows except in emergency situations.
  3. Parking wheeled vehicles in unauthorized areas outside or inside the Library.
  4. Vandalizing or defacing the Library building, furniture, or equipment.
  5. Maliciously accessing, altering, deleting, damaging, or destroying any University Property and / or computer system, network computer program or data.
  6. Posting of announcements, flyers, personal invitations, etc. in or on library property.
  7. Using restroom facilities for purposes other than which they are intended

The Library Environment

  1. Causing a disturbance or engaging in any behavior which interferes with Library activities. Proscribed behavior includes (but is not limited to) rowdiness, noise making,  sexual conduct, verbal abuse, threats of violence, sexual harassment, or use of "fighting words" to harass any person. Rollerblading, skateboarding, or skating on Library property.
  2. Carrying weapons in the Library unless authorized by law.
  3. Bringing an animal into the Library, unless the animal is an authorized accommodation to a person with a disability. Anytime any animal is behaving in a manner incompatible with the essential purposes of the library, the library will immediately insist that the animal exit the library.
  4. Shirt and shoes are required at all times.
  5. Making noise in the designated quiet areas is prohibited.
  6. Refusing to show ID or submit possessions for inspection to library staff upon request.
  7. Defacing or damaging library materials including underlining, highlighting, writing, using paper clips, removing pages, pictures, or security devices.
  8. Using alcohol, tobacco, or controlled substances.
  9. Exhibiting any threatening or intimidating behaviors, e.g., abusive language, threats of violence or harassment.
  10. Engaging in any sexual activities including, but not limited to: consensual touching, unwanted or inappropriate advances or touching, harassment, or indecent exposure.
  11. Interfering with the use of the Library by other patrons, or interfering with Library employees' performance of their duties.
  12. Vending, peddling, soliciting, or petitioning in the University Library; posting or distributing materials without permission

Library fees

  1. Failing to pay library fees.


Any patron who commits or attempts to commit any of the offenses listed above -- or any other behaviors illegal under the laws of the University, PASSHE, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or federal government -- is subject to sanctions, including:

  • Being asked to leave Library premises
  • Being reported to the police; and
  • Legal prosecution.
  • Being banned from the Library

Reviewed 6/5/2019