Library Policies

Library Code of Conduct

The Library Code of Conduct supplements but does not replace the Student Conduct Code as printed in the student handbook. The Library administration, faculty and staff are fully authorized to interpret these guidelines and apply them to patron behavior as the situation warrants.

Any activity that interferes with the rights of other patrons to use the Library, or that is potentially harmful to oneself or library users, staff, the facility, or our resources, is considered disruptive or unacceptable. All library users have the right to read, write and reflect in a safe, quiet and clean environment. In order to protect these rights the Library staff enforces the following policies:

Quiet Study Area

The second floor of the Library (which is the 3rd floor of F building) is a designated Quiet Study Area. Please refrain from:

  • Cell phone usage of any kind
  • Socializing
  • Using headphones at a level of volume audible to others

Persons disrupting the Library’s quiet atmosphere will be asked to cease such activity, use a group study room, or leave the Library.

Cell Phones in the Library:

All cell phone usage in the Library should be kept to a minimum. It is expected that you will consider the disruption that the use of a cell phone may cause to others who may be trying to study. If you must be on a call, choose a non-sounding setting device or set your ring at the lowest level of sound. Keep your conversations short and your voice low enough to ensure that the sound does not carry to others around you.

For your safety and the safety of others:

  • Library patrons are requested to have valid identification with them at all times.
  • Children 14 and younger must be directly supervised by an adult. Unaccompanied children will be reported to Public Safety after reasonable attempts have been made to contact the parent or guardian. The Harper College library accepts no liability or responsibility for the safety of children in the Library.
  • Keep personal items secure at all times. Belongings found unattended will be given to Public Safety.
  • Patrons must wear shoes, shirts, and attire appropriate to a public setting.
  • Library entrances, exits, and aisles must remain open.
  • Do not run, jump, shove or throw any object under any circumstance in the Library.
  • Please be respectful of library materials and furniture.
  • Library employees reserve the right to wake sleeping persons.

Please respect Library materials, facilities and furnishings:

  • Library property may only be removed from the building with authorization through established lending procedures. The Library reserves the right to inspect all parcels for library materials.
  • Do not write on or otherwise damage library property including: books, walls, furniture, computer equipment and facilities. Theft or vandalism of library property will be prosecuted.
  • Nonpublic areas of the Library may only be entered with permission.
  • Solicitation and loitering on library property is prohibited.

Library patrons should follow the posted guidelines for computer and group study room use.

Food Policy

The Harper College Library Food Policy is designed to maintain a clean and inviting environment for all users and to encourage personal responsibility and respect for library materials, furnishings, space, equipment, and technology.  To promote a welcoming environment, the policy is designed to protect the substantial investment that has been made on library resources and space.


Food and beverages can damage library resources, equipment, technology, and furnishings.

Food and beverage residue attracts insects and rodents.

Food and beverage sounds and odors may be distracting to other library visitors.

Students and other visitors may need to consume a beverage while studying, conducting research, or working on an assignment in the Library. 

Policy Goals

The Food Policy is created with the following goals in mind:

  • To create a welcoming, study-friendly, productive environment;
  • To support an environment of mutual respect;
  • To respect Library employees and Harper College staff;
  • To maintain the beauty, condition, and safety of our resources and renovated building;
  • To insure monies can be used to purchase new resources, equipment, and technology instead of being used to replace items damaged by food and beverage;
  • To adhere to campus recycling standards;
  • To protect the library collections and facilities from pests and molds;
  • To help maintain a clean and safe work environment for all.


In order to conserve library resources, maintain the condition of the library space, and be considerate of library users and employees, we ask that you be aware of the following guidelines:

Beverages must be in covered, sturdy containers.

Food and snacks are not allowed in the Library and should be eaten in food-friendly areas on campus. 

Covered beverages are permitted in the instruction classrooms and study rooms.

The following areas in the Library must be free of food and beverage at all times.  These areas include: the makerspace, archives, microfilm room, book stacks.

Unattended food/beverages are subject to being disposed of by library staff.

Food deliveries are not permitted.

Users are liable for any damage caused by their food or beverage.

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted anywhere in the library

The Library reserves the right to ask any visitor to remove their food/beverage from the library if it is deemed in violation of the Food Policy

Please clean up spills right away to avoid damage and let a library employee know if a spill requires specialized attention.

Please be sure to put food trash and recyclables in proper waste containers.

Leave no trace.  It is an individual’s responsibility to clean up after themselves.  The areas should be left in the same or better condition in which it was found.  Please refrain from wiping crumbs onto the floor as this can attract ants.

Please plan ahead and eat your meals before you visit the library.

 Respect Yourself – Respect Others – Respect the Library

Circulation Periods

Books: 4 weeks (2 renewals)

Audiobooks: 4 weeks (2 renewals)

Magazines: 2 weeks (1 renewal)

CDs: 1 week (2 renewals)

DVDs and Blu-ray: 4 week (1 renewal)

Reserve Items: 2 hours, Library use only

Newspapers: Library use only

Reference Books: Library use only

Calculators: 3 hours (can be taken out of the Library)

Headphones: 2 hours, Library use only

Laptops: 3 hours, Library use only


The library does not assess overdue fines for most materials. Due to the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not assessing overdue fees for Semester Loan Technology.

If left unreturned, replacement costs are still assessed for lost items.

Learning and Career Center Reading Room

All Reading Room users have the right to read, write and reflect in a safe, quiet and clean environment. In order to protect these rights the Learning and Career Center Reading Room staff enforces the policies of the main campus Library.

Additionally, children under age 14 using the Reading Room must be quiet and directly supervised by a person 14 years of age or older. Unaccompanied children will be reported to Learning and Career Center Public Safety after reasonable attempts have been made to contact the parent or guardian.

The Harper College Learning and Career Center Reading Room accepts no liability or responsibility for the safety of children in the Reading Room.


Library Bill of Rights and Code of Ethics

The Harper College Library, as a member of the American Library Association, supports both the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and Library Code of Ethics.

The Harper College Library is dedicated to the principle of free access and flow of all information and material to our patrons. We regard the reason and rationale of material use a private matter. Library records are for the sole purpose of protecting public property and are not to be used directly or indirectly to identify the types of materials or services used by individual Library patrons.

The efforts of any outside agency to obtain any circulation records, patron lists, or information about a patron will be considered an invasion of privacy. Such an attempt will also be viewed as a violation of the principles of academic freedom.

Any individual or agency attempting to obtain information concerning Library patrons should be referred immediately to the circulation person in charge who will discuss the matter with the Library Dean. Under no circumstance will information be provided without a warrant. Moreover, any costs incurred by the Library in any such search through patron Library records, even under court order, shall be chargeable to the agency demanding such a search. The above pertains until contrary legislation is enacted.

Library patrons who provide their name, Library card number and address, can receive the following information:

  • The number of items and titles on loan.
  • The title of a requested item when it becomes available.
  • Outstanding charges on the record.
  • No other information regarding a patron's Library record will be given over the telephone.

Failure to cooperate with the direction of library staff regarding disruptions of any kind, or knowingly giving false information, will result in notifying Public Safety. Patrons who fail to comply with the Library Code of Conduct may be asked to provide some form of proper identification, which will be copied for documentation. Anyone who violates the Code is subject to removal from the building, restriction of library privileges, and may be reported in accord with the Student Conduct Code.


Last Updated: 4/13/22