Library Policies

Policies

  • Children in the Libraries

    Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 when visiting the University Libraries. Adults accompanying children are responsible for monitoring their safety and behavior. Children of all ages are expected to behave appropriately for an academic library.

    Library personnel may request age verification of any young person, and unaccompanied children under age 14 will be asked to leave. University Police may be asked to contact parents and/or escort children out of the library building. Exceptions may be made for children with appropriate identification who are participating in university-sponsored activities in the Libraries.

  • Computer Use Policy

    Anyone using University Libraries computer workstations agrees to abide by the following policies. University Libraries personnel have the right to refuse access to the computer workstations to anyone at our discretion.

    University Libraries computer workstations are provided for research or class-related use. Priority for use is as follows:

    1. UNC students, faculty and staff with a valid UNC ID.
    2. Residents of Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District working on research in government information sources.
    3. Students and faculty from other colleges or universities working on research or class-related activities.
    4. Other users, who may be asked to yield computers at any time.

     

    It is the responsibility of the patron or the patrons’ legal guardian to determine suitability of information found on the World Wide Web for patron viewing. University Libraries does not attempt to limit or control patron access to the content of the World Wide Web information being used for research or class-related purposes. Patrons should move to another workstation if they are uncomfortable with the content displayed on adjacent workstations. If you need assistance in finding available workstations, please see library staff for assistance.

    Patrons using computer workstations are expected to comply with the following guidelines:

    • For materials that fall under the U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code), abide by the law which states that materials obtained may not be “used for any other purpose than private study, scholarship, or research.” Please note that most World Wide Web resources are protected by copyright laws.
    • Do not tamper with, damage, or steal equipment, data, or software.
    • Do not use workstations for illegal or criminal activity.
    • Do not seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, other data, or passwords belonging to other users.

     

    All patrons are expected to abide by the law and be civil to all other users and library personnel. To do otherwise may result in:

    • the termination of your computer session,
    • loss of library privileges,
    • criminal prosecution or other legal action.
  • Exhibit Space
     

    The University of Northern Colorado Libraries uses its exhibit areas to increase student, faculty, and staff awareness of library collections, services, and events; to highlight university events or events of local or national significance, especially as they relate to library resources; and to enlighten library users and contribute positively to the library’s environment.

    Applications for the use of exhibit space are accepted from UNC academic programs. In addition to academic program sponsorship, all exhibits must be endorsed by a UNC faculty member, administrator, or staff member.

    Exhibits accepted for display in the library’s exhibit areas must promote or relate to the materials, services, or functions of the library. In addition, they must be of high-quality design and execution. See the External Exhibits Policy for more information.

    An Exhibit Proposal Form must be completed to apply for exhibit space. Return the form and direct any questions to:

    Helen Reed, Dean of Libraries
    970-351-2601
    helen.reed@unco.edu

  • External Exhibits Policy

    The University of Northern Colorado Libraries uses its exhibit areas to increase student, faculty, and staff awareness of library collections, services, and events; to highlight university events or events of local or national significance, especially as they relate to library resources; and to enlighten library users and contribute positively to the library’s environment.

    Exhibit Areas
    Two exhibit areas on the first floor of the James A. Michener Library are available for displays.

    • Space on east and west sides of the center stairwell.
    • Exhibit cases adjacent to the Current Reading Area.


    Requests for Exhibit Space
    The James A. Michener Library accepts applications to use exhibit space from University of Northern Colorado academic programs.

    • An Exhibit Proposal Form must be completed to apply for exhibit space. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt
    • .In addition to academic program sponsorship, all exhibits must be endorsed by a UNC faculty member, administrator, or staff member to be accepted.
    • Annually recurring displays must apply for exhibit space every year.


    Criteria for Exhibits
     Exhibit proposals will be evaluated for content, originality, design, and use of appropriate materials. Exhibits accepted for display in the library’s exhibit areas should satisfy the following criteria:

    • Exhibits must promote or relate to the materials, services, or functions of the library.
    • Exhibits must be of interest to the broad university community and relate to the mission of the university. They may be tied to an event, but should not be promotional in nature.
    • Exhibits must be of high-quality design and execution. They may not include perishable materials. They should include professional looking signs and labels including a label indicating the academic program responsible for the display.
    • Exhibits must be displayed within the locked exhibit cases or on accompanying wall space or easels.

    Duration of Exhibits
    The exhibit areas are available for one month or less.  A specific date and time must be arranged for the installation and removal of the exhibit. Exhibits must be removed by the specified date since other exhibits may be scheduled for the space.  The library will not be responsible for materials left in exhibit cases after that date.

     
  • Mari Michener Gallery Non-Library Use Policy

    The purpose of the Mari Michener Gallery is to provide UNC students and the general community with exposure to local, regional, and national artists and to various forms of artistic expression. The gallery is managed jointly by the University Libraries Administration and the Friends of the University of Northern Colorado Libraries.

    Many requests are received from on-campus organizations and external agencies for use of the Mari Michener Gallery. Requests are primarily for exhibit space and/or reception purposes. Because of the demand for this space, the University Libraries has limited non-library use of the gallery to periods of time when classes are not in session. We simply cannot disturb student research by creating distractions and interrupting valuable interaction among students, faculty and library personnel.

    All decisions and exceptions are the responsibility of the Dean of University Libraries.

  • Michener Library Group Study Rooms

    Two group study rooms (226 and 249) for student use on the second floor are equipped with computers, large LCD panel monitors, VCR/DVD players, and whiteboards. Two rooms on the third floor (318 and 327) for student use are equipped with furniture, chalk boards, and wireless network access.  These rooms are available by reservation.

    • Study rooms are intended for groups of two to eight UNC students participating in collaborative work in Michener Library. Students may not reserve them for regularly scheduled seminars, classes, club meetings, or other extra-curricular activities.
    • Reservations may be made up to three weeks in advance at the Michener Library Circulation Desk or by phone at 351-2671.
    • Anyone checking out a room must show a current UNC ID. The rooms are checked out for three hours, with one three-hour renewal upon request if the room is not already scheduled within that time.
    • Keys and supplies are checked out at the Michener Library Circulation Desk. The student in possession of the key is responsible for the equipment, furniture, and supplies. Please report any problems immediately. If a key is not returned, the person who checked it out is responsible for paying for a lock change.
    • The rooms should be left clean, with garbage thrown away in trash cans. Furniture should not be moved in or out of the group study rooms.
    • Reserved group study rooms not occupied 15 minutes after the reserved time will be considered forfeited and made available to others.
    • For assistance, contact the first floor Circulation Desk (351-2671) or the second floor Collections Services Desk (351-2465).

    There are two unlocked corner rooms on the east end of the third floor available on a first- come, first-served basis. No reservations or keys are required to use these rooms.

    Faculty may use locked study rooms on a walk-in basis. They may use a room for up to 3 hours if it is not reserved for students.

 

Collection Policies

The University Libraries supports principles outlined by the Library Bill of Rights (American Library Association), the Freedom to Read Statement (American Library Association and Association of American Publishers), and the Freedom to View Statement (American Film and Video Association

 

Library Best Practices