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Public Use Policy

Library Mission Statement

The mission of the Library at Humboldt State University is to provide the information, collections, and services that are necessary to support the instructional programs, research, and outreach services of Humboldt State University.

The Library strives to provide for its users:

Certain behaviors, detailed below, are in conflict with these goals.

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. (Calif. Code of Regulation, Title 5; Calif. Penal Code 484 and 490.5)
  2. Failing to either renew or return library materials when due. (Calif. Education Code 19911 and Calif. Penal Code 484)
  3. Concealing library materials within the library for exclusive use by an individual or group. (California Code of Regulations 41301; California Penal Code 626.6)
  4. Mutilating library materials by marking, underlining, removing pages or portions of pages, removing binding, removing electronic theft prevention devices, or in any way defacing or damaging library materials. (Calif. Education Code, 19910; Calif. Penal Code 594)
  5. Failing to abide by the HSU Library Food and Drink Policy.
  6. Failing to adhere to copyright laws. (U.S. Code Title 17)

Use and Protection of the Building and Library Equipment

  1. Vandalizing or defacing any part of the library building, furniture or equipment. (Calif. Penal Code 594)
  2. Maliciously accessing, altering, disconnecting, deleting, damaging or destroying any library equipment, computer system, network, program or data. (Calif. Penal Code 502)
  3. Failing to abide by the Policy for Responsible Computing in the HSU Library.

The Library Environment

  1. Causing a disturbance or engaging in behavior that interferes with Library activities, including challenges to library staff or patrons attempting to maintain an atmosphere conducive to study, or when enforcing the HSU Library Public Use Policy. Proscribed behavior includes, and is not limited to: verbal abuse; threats of violence; abusive, lewd, indecent, or obscene behavior; sexual harassment; unreasonably loud utterances or actions; or body odor or fragrances so offensive as to disturb or cause physical distress to others. (California Code of Regulations 41301, and Calif. Penal Code 415, 415.5 and 626.6)
  2. Making excessive noise, including loud conversations, use of audio devices, pagers, portable CD players, radios, TV, DVD, cell phones, in such a manner that others are disturbed. (Calif. Penal Code 415 and 415.5) Note that areas on second and third floor are specifically reserved for quiet study. All individuals in these areas are expected to respect this designation. In these areas group study sessions are discouraged, as is the use of equipment that can produce audible sound.
  3. Being in unauthorized areas of the library, remaining in the library after closing or when requested to leave during emergency situations, drills, or when not abiding by the HSU Library Public Use Policy. (Calif. Penal Code 602 (m), (q) and 626.6, and 647(j)).
  4. Opening emergency exits or setting off security and/or emergency alarms except in emergency situations. (Calif. Penal Code 148.4)
  5. Bringing into, or parking inside the library, any wheeled vehicle other than those designated to assist physically disabled patrons. Specifically, skateboards, roller blades, and folding scooters must be carried and placed out of any library aisle or passageway. Bicycles must be parked in a designated outdoor bike rack. Bicycles brought into the library may be impounded by University Police. (Calif. Penal Code 647c, Humboldt State University Code of Rules and Regulations 3407)
  6. Rollerblading, skating, or bicycling in or on library property. (Humboldt State University Code of Rules and Regulations 3403-3407)
  7. Bringing weapons into the library unless authorized by law. (Calif. Penal Code 626.9)
  8. Bringing an animal into the library unless trained to assist persons with disabilities, or otherwise authorized by the University (Calif. Civil Code 54.1 and Humboldt State University Code of Rules and Regulations 4004). Note that dogs may not be tethered to objects inside or outside the library, whether attended or unattended (Humboldt State University Code of Rules and Regulations 4005).
  9. Filming, videotaping, taking photographs, or recording unless prior approval has been obtained from campus officials or the Dean of the Library.
  10. Failure to abide by the Humboldt State University Campus Smoking Policy.

Library Fees

Failing to pay library fees or fines. (Calif. Penal Code 484 and 532)


Any patron who commits or attempts to commit any of the offenses above, or other behaviors illegal under the laws of federal, state or local government are subject to sanctions, including:

Repeat offenders are subject to loss of Library privileges. Repeat offenders who are HSU students are subject to disciplinary actions as defined by the HSU Student Code of Conduct and the HSU Code of Rules and Regulations. All Library employees are responsible for enforcing the policy when a violation is observed or reported.

Approved by All Library Council, 1-25-05
Reviewed by CSU Counsel, 9-05