The UNH Library provides shared spaces designed to support the academic mission of the University of New Hampshire by providing expertise and resources in a safe, welcoming, and respectful environment that is conducive to research and study. While the UNH Library is open to members of the public, library spaces are primarily designed to support the research, scholarship, and study needs of UNH students and employees. To achieve this purpose, certain standards of behavior are expected of all library patrons in order to foster an environment of civility and respect.
COVID-19 Community Expectations
For the Fall 2020 semester, our standards reflect changes in behavioral expectations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Masks - As per campus requirements, masks (cloth face covering or disposable face mask) are required in library spaces to help protect against the spread of the virus.
- Food - Due to the COVID 19 pandemic and campus mask requirement, eating is not allowed in library spaces.
- Physical Distancing - For the safety of all, a 6-foot physical distance is required between individuals in all library spaces, including common areas, service desks, group study rooms, and service queues. To facilitate this important safety measure, some seating will not be available. Please comply with posted occupancy guidelines and do not move any furniture.
Freedom from Harassment
In order to protect the inclusivity and safety of our spaces, individuals who use the UNH Library will not engage in harassing behavior. Harassment is “behavior that occurs in person, in writing, or in electronic and social media that unjustly, substantially, unreasonably, and/or consistently interferes with an individual’s work, academic, or residential environment” (University of New Hampshire Student Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities, page 4).
Environment Conducive to Research & Study
The UNH Library has a variety of spaces available for individual, quiet, or collaborative work. Posted quiet study areas are not meant for conversation, online class participation, or cell phone use. Collaborative work is acceptable in all other areas. Library users in all spaces should be considerate of those around them by not engaging in disruptive behavior. Please respect quiet spaces (move to another location if your work is disturbing others), observe occupancy limits, use headphones for online collaboration and online class participation, clean up your work space (remove trash), be careful not to block aisles or doorways, and do not leave your belongings unattended.
Acceptable Use of IT Resources
The UNH Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) provides guidelines for the acceptable use of the University's IT resources. The purpose of the AUP is to ensure that the information technology infrastructure promotes the basic missions of the University in teaching, research, administration, and service. Patrons may be asked to review and confirm an understanding of the AUP before accessing UNH IT resources.
The UNH Library Copyright Policy provides guidelines for the acceptable use of University resources in accordance with the Copyright Law of the U.S. (Title 17 of the U.S. Code).
Animals are not permitted in UNH Libraries with the following exceptions: (1) service animals as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which are trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, and (2) emotional support animals, only if prior approval for library entry is granted by the Student Accessibility Services (for students) or the Affirmative Action and Equity Office (for employees) as a reasonable work or academic accommodation. Animals must be under the control of the owner or handler at all times and may be removed if the animal is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it.
The use of tobacco products, e-cigarettes, or smoking of any kind is not allowed in the library.
Library users are responsible for the materials they use and can help ensure they are available for future generations by not defacing or damaging items by underlining, highlighting, writing on, creasing, or removing pages.
Thank you for your efforts to maintain a shared and welcoming environment in the library. UNH Library personnel established this statement of community standards to ensure the safety, security, and comfort of everyone using library spaces and resources.
Revised August 2020