Cheng Library Appropriate Use Guidelines

The David and Lorraine Cheng Library of the William Paterson University of New Jersey seeks to provide a safe, clean learning environment conducive to study and activities in support of instruction, academic collaboration and scholarly research. In addition to observing University standards and policies, all users are expected to respect the rights and property of others and to treat Library resources, facilities and collections with care and respect. Although community users are welcome in the Cheng Library for the purpose of using Library resources and services, priority in the use of all facilities, services and materials is reserved for University faculty, staff and students.

Individuals or groups who engage in unacceptable behavior may be asked to leave the building. If necessary, Campus Police and/or the Dean of Students will be contacted.

Personal Behavior

Individuals should be respectful of students, faculty, University employees and community guests and not interfere with their use of the Library for appropriate activities such as reading, studying, and using Library resources and services.

Personal safety is a priority and patrons are expected to wear appropriate clothes and shoes. Patrons whose body hygiene is so offensive as to constitute a nuisance to others will be asked to leave the building. Individuals responsible for damaging, defacing or stealing Library materials, equipment or property will be reported to the campus police and/or the Dean of Students.

Research Environment

Library users expect the Library to be a quiet place for study and research.  Individuals and groups are asked to help preserve a quiet environment suitable for study and refrain from disruptive behavior including excessive noise such as loud conversations, music overheard through headphones, or playing audio devices that disrupt others

Cell phone conversations may take place in the outer lobby, the Friends Room, Group Study Rooms and in the first floor corridor near the elevator. Cell and mobile devices should be set to silent modes when in the Library. 

The second floor of the Library has been designated a quiet floor and the second floor reading room in the front of the Library is an “Extra Quiet Study” space. Because the Group Study Rooms are not soundproof, users are expected to be courteous of individuals in adjacent areas.

Groups working together in the first floor reading room and the Group Tech Center are expected to speak in normal conversational tones. Conversation is to be expected at the various service desks.

Food and beverages

Food is not permitted in any areas of the Library except for the Friends Room on the first floor and the Paterson Room on the second floor. Patrons bringing food and drink into the facility may be asked to move to the Friends Room. Beverages are permitted in most areas of the Library provided they are in spill-proof containers. Beverages are not permitted in computer labs, at microform readers or in Special Collections.

Information Technology Resources

Use of Library computers, labs and laptops are governed by the University’s Information Technology Appropriate Use Policy available at  Users of University information technology resources and services agree to act responsibly with respect to their fellow community members and these resources.  Priority use is for academic purposes and activities supporting University instruction and research.

Other concerns

Patrons are also expected to conform to University policies as stated in the Student Handbook

In addition, the following Library policies apply:

  • Patrons must leave the Library promptly at closing time or during a fire alarm or emergency situation.
  • Commercial solicitation is prohibited.
  • For their safety, children must be supervised.
  • Permission to take photographs or videos must be received in advance from the Library Director.

August 9, 2010