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Policies and Safety

Play by the rules and be respectful. Our goal is for everyone to succeed. 

Ensuring a pleasant and productive environment for all requires that each user follow this Code of Conduct.

The University Libraries offer public spaces that accommodate a wide range of users. Because libraries offer central, neutral environments that support teaching and learning, they frequently serve as backdrops for photo and video shoots or as destinations to interview a cross-section of students.

View the Libraries' policy on photography and video recording.

Although the University of Maryland Libraries make every effort to protect the privacy of user circulation records (including books and Internet searches), the Libraries may be obligated to release such information to federal law enforcement agents in response to a search warrant or subpoena issued in accordance with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, 50 U.S.C. 1861, as amended by the USA PATRIOT Act (Public Law 107-56). That law prohibits library staff from informing you that it received such a request.

Read the full University of Maryland Libraries Privacy Policy.

The University of Maryland Libraries reserves the right to place surveillance cameras within the Library premises where necessary and appropriate to monitor certain public areas, to deter crime, and to improve safety, security, and compliance. This policy applies to facilities maintained and operated by the University of Maryland Libraries including McKeldin Library, Architecture Library, Art Library, Engineering & Physical Sciences Library, Hornbake Library, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Severn Library, and White Memorial Chemistry Library. 

View the Libraries' Policy on Use of Security Cameras.

The facilities and collections of the University of Maryland Libraries are shared resources, serving thousands of students, faculty, staff, and community members every day. The Library User Rights and Responsibilities intends to serve and protect all users, with the understanding that current constituents of the university have first priority for services and materials.

As members of an academic community, library users, as well as library employees, are responsible for sustaining a scholarly environment, which the University Libraries define as an environment supportive of learning, research, scholarship, creative production, and collaboration. In the case of disagreement over whether any use of library space is scholarly, University Libraries employees will rely on policy and context in making a reasonable determination.

View the Library User Rights and Responsibilities.

Collection Development is the process by which resources are made available to users. View policies related to both general and subject-specific collection development for the University of Maryland Libraries collections.

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