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How to play nice in the Library.

Robert L. Bogomolny Library exists to serve the University of Baltimore faculty, staff, and students in conducting research and information-gathering for their curricular or individual needs. While other members of the community may have access to the facilities and materials of the library, ALL users of the library must conform to a standard of behavior that maximizes resources and creates a positive and pleasant atmosphere.

The following are examples of inappropriate or unacceptable behaviors that could result in sanctions against the person engaging in such activities:

  • Loud, excessive, and unnecessary noise (including use of cell phones for incoming and outgoing calls)
  • Intoxication
  • Use of threatening, abusive, or obscene language
  • Lack of proper supervision of minors accompanying the user or unaccompanied minors
  • Use of water fountains or bathroom facilities for bathing or washing pails or buckets
  • Mutilating, defacing, or otherwise damaging library materials or property
  • Smoking in the building or near entrances and exits
  • Being in unauthorized areas of the library, remaining in the library after closing, or when requested to leave
  • Opening emergency exits except in emergency situations
  • Carrying deadly weapons in the library unless authorized by law
  • Causing a disturbance or engaging in behavior which interferes with library activities or patrons
  • Solicitation of any kind
  • Food or drink around electronic equipment (Covered beverages and small snacks may be brought into the library, but trash must be disposed of in proper receptacles)
  • Photographing the library or its users without permission of the Library Director

The following are examples of inappropriate or unacceptable use of library resources that could result in sanctions against the person engaging in such behaviors:

  • Removing or attempting to remove library materials, equipment, or other property without proper checkout or other official library authorization. Theft of library materials is a misdemeanor under Maryland law. Patrons who trigger the library's theft detection system may be required to open any bags or clothing for inspection
  • Failure to renew or return library materials when due
  • Sharing your library barcode to allow others access to library databases, services or materials
  • Failing to adhere to copyright laws
  • Concealing or sequestering library materials or property, or personal property, within the library for the exclusive use of an individual or group without permission of library staff.

Sanctions for inappropriate or unacceptable behaviors may include any or all of the following:

  • Being asked to leave library premises
  • Suspension or loss of library privileges
  • Referral to student or campus disciplinary process
  • Criminal prosecution

(If you have any questions please email our staff: