Library Policies

It is the policy of Louisburg College's Robbins Library to maintain a quiet and otherwise appropriate environment to assure an atmosphere conducive to study. It is incumbent upon library patrons to conduct themselves in accordance with the rules of the library. It is expected that those who use the library will do so responsibly and appropriately without harassing other users or library staff and without damaging the library's facilities or collections.

Patrons who violate any of these policies may lose their privilege to use the library, be subject to library-imposed discipline, and/or be subject to criminal prosecution or other legal action, as appropriate.

The following rules governing use of the library have been established to provide a safe environment for library patrons and staff; to maintain an atmosphere which permits the intended uses of the library; and to prevent activities which could endanger the library, its equipment, or collections. These rules may be modified from time to time. The policies include, but are not limited to the information below.

Designated Quiet Study Areas and Cell Phone Use in the Library

Robbins Library maintains an environment for users wanting a quiet environment to study or do research without distractions. Conversations, meetings, consultations and electronic sounds from audible devices are discouraged at all times. Students wanting a group discussion or group study session are encouraged to reserve the second floor study room or to use one of the other campus computer labs or community areas for that purpose (See study hall policy below).

In order to minimize noise associated with cell phones or other audible devices, all library users are required to act in accordance with the following policy when in the library:

  • Phones or other audible devices must be turned off or set to vibrate while the owner is in the library.
  • Cell phone conversations within the library areas are prohibited.
  • Quiet cell phone conversations are permitted on the library's front porch.
  • Text messaging and other silent cell phone functions are permitted throughout the library.

Study Hall Policy

Robbins Library welcomes all students to use its resources to complete academic assignments and for quiet study. Student groups or teams that use the library for study hall purposes are asked to send a proctor or coach to monitor group study hall sessions. This assistance ensures adherence to the library's noise and computer use policies.

Computer Use Policy

Use of the library's computers is on a first-come, first-served basis for students. During peak research times, it may be necessary to limit Internet sessions in order to accommodate all users. The Internet computers are networked to a printer located in front of the computer lab.

Users may not install any files, software, databases, etc. to the library computers. In order to maintain the integrity and maximum efficiency of the computers, the library uses software that deletes all files and downloaded programs on a daily basis. Users are encouraged to save their work and download material to a flash drive.

The Internet can access valuable information from around the world. However, Internet resources may contain controversial material. Selection policies governing the Library's purchase of materials are not applicable to material accessed electronically via the Internet. The library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. Each individual user must take responsibility for his or her Internet activities.

Unacceptable Use Includes:

  • Damaging or destroying equipment, software, or data belonging to the Library or to other users including adding, altering, or deleting files on Library computers
  • Installing files, software, CD-ROMS, etc. to the library computers
  • Unauthorized copying of copyrighted material; this includes downloading music or video files without permission
  • Violating software license agreements
  • Attempts to configure the Library computers in any way
  • Using the Internet for any illegal activity
  • Harassing others, including displaying text or graphics that may reasonably be construed as offensive
  • Disruption or interference with other computer users
  • Using the computer to run a business

The Library reserves the right to terminate the Internet access privileges of any person abusing these privileges.

Students, Faculty and Staff of Louisburg College will be given priority for use of the Internet computers. Academic research has priority over e-mail, chat, and games.

Disruptive Behavior

Robbins Library does not permit behavior which is incompatible with the use of the library by its patrons or staff. Behaviors not permitted include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating excessive noise
  • Using cell phones
  • Audible radios, MP3 players, or other sound generating devices
  • Using threatening, intimidating, or abusive language
  • Abusing or intimidating library staff or patrons
  • Sexual harassment
  • Overt signs of substance abuse, including drunkenness
  • Bringing bedding into any library facility
  • Overt sexual behavior
  • Bringing weapons, simulated or real, into the library
  • Entering or exiting areas of the library marked "Staff Only"
  • Fighting or other rowdy behavior

Criminal Behavior

Robbins Library will notify law enforcement authorities concerning any criminal behavior in the library. Among the areas in which the library will be particularly vigilant and pursue legal remedies are:

  • Theft of library equipment or collections
  • Vandalism
  • Deliberate misuse or damage to library equipment or collections
  • Exhibitionism
  • Assault, including verbal threats

Personal Safety

During emergency situations, the librarians are authorized to direct all individuals in the library to a place of optimum safety. Other situations, in which the well being of either patrons or staff is threatened due to harassment or other undesirable behavior, must be reported to the nearest service desk for appropriate action.

Animals

With the exception of assistance animals, animals are not permitted in Robbins Library.

Library Security

Security System

Robbins Library utilizes a 3M-security system, which is comprised of wheelchair accessible security gates located at each entrance/exit to the library.

This 3M-security system will NOT erase, demagnetize or magnetize any sensitive materials such as computer hard drives or diskettes. Library materials will be desensitized when checked out to enable passage through the security gates without the alarm sounding.

Security Policy

If the alarm is activated, library staff members are required to identify and call the borrower back to the service desk. (Items triggering the alarm may in fact, be material from other locations such as video stores, book stores or other libraries. If this is the case, the borrower will be asked to pass these items around the security gates when leaving the library.) If the items in the borrower's possession have a due date that falls within the range of the current borrowing period, staff will ensure the items are desensitized and will return them to the borrower. If there is no evidence that the items have been checked out within the borrowing period, the borrower's account must be checked in the library catalogue database to ensure the material is signed out correctly. If the material needs to be signed out to the borrower, it is essential that the borrower produce a valid Louisburg College ID.

In the event of a dispute or any other type of controversy regarding the transaction with the borrower, the director should be called upon to intervene. Any situation that threatens to become out of control should also be brought to the attention of the college's campus police office as quickly as possible.

Theft Prevention

Library patrons should keep all valuables including purses, backpacks, textbooks, or articles of clothing with them at all times. No personal items should be left unattended in the library, even for a brief period of time. Louisburg College is not responsible for the theft of personal property in the library.

Food and Beverages

Beverages are permitted in closed, spill-resistant travel mugs, pull-top plastic bottles or screw top plastic bottles. Any other container is not permitted. Snacks are allowed. All trash should be deposited in appropriate receptacles.

Cooperation

Patrons are asked not to bring food into any library. Library staff will ask those who bring food into the library to remove food item(s) from view or to leave the library in order to consume or discard any food.

Patrons who bring beverages in unacceptable containers into the library will be asked to remove them from view or leave the library in order to consume the beverage and discard the container. If a patron does not comply, their beverage container may be confiscated and returned when the patron leaves the library. Should an individual not cooperate with a request to remove food or unacceptable beverage containers, campus police may be called.

Drinking fountains are available near the circulation desk of the library and outside of the mezzanine-level restrooms.

The library would appreciate cooperation in adhering to its Food and Beverage Policy. Please help us to conserve collections, protect equipment, and enhance your environment.

Library Privacy

Robbins Library Confidentiality Statement

All borrower information in the circulation database is considered confidential. Robbins borrowers may obtain their library account information in person, upon presentation of a valid college ID card (or other acceptable photo ID) or over the telephone if the barcode on the college ID card is provided. The onus is on the borrower to notify the library (and the Registrar's Office) of any changes in registration information such as a change of address or name. Acceptable photo ID includes a current driver's license or passport.

Policy for Public Use of Robbins Library

Louisburg College's Cecil W. Robbins Library exists primarily for the support of the college's curriculum and to provide services for the faculty and the student body. Its collections are developed as curricular needs are made known through faculty, administrative, and student requests.

Community members are welcome to use the following Robbins Library services and resources:

  • general reference assistance
  • collection access for research purposes to be used within the library
  • interlibrary loan services through Franklin County Library
  • study areas

Computers are intended for Louisburg College student use.

Special prior arrangements can be made with individual teachers for use of the college library by Franklin County students. Such use should be restricted to the day hours since the library is most heavily used by college students during the evening hours.

Procedures for Public Use of Robbins Library

If a patron does not appear to be a student, librarians should approach the patron and ask for his or Louisburg College identification. If he or she is not a Louisburg College student, the librarian will inform the patron of the public use policy. Louisburg College reserves the right to ask for identification and may remove a patron that violates Louisburg College policy.

If community members are using computers, library staff should approach them, and introduce themselves. They should inform the patrons that computers are intended for student use and are paid for by tuition. If there are a sufficient number of available computers, the patrons may be allowed to finish their work, up to one-half hour . They should be notified that if they need to use a computer on a regular basis, they should use the public library and that non-student printing costs ten cents per page.

If a patron becomes argumentative or threatening, do not hesitate to call campus police at extension 3400.