Building-wide Policies

These policies concern the use of the Library building, and appropriate user behavior while within the building.

Cell Phone Policy

Ringing phones and loud conversations make library use difficult for many people. To provide an environment conducive to study and research in the Weinberg Memorial Library, please observe the following courtesies inside the library building.
  • Set the ring type on your cell phone or pager to a non-audible signal.
  • If you do receive a call or if you need to make a call, please move to either a stairwell, the Pro Deo Room, or go outside the Library.

Eating, Drinking & Smoking

A Vending area for drinks and snacks is located in the Pro Deo Room. The Java City Coffee Bar is located in the Pro Deo Room. Food may be consumed on any floor. There are garbage cans for disposing of trash and recycling bins for paper, plastic, glass, and tin. As part of our Green initiative in the Library, we ask that all patrons be respectful and use the recycling bins to correctly dispose of their recyclable waste. There is no smoking in the Library.

Faculty Study Rooms

Guidelines for faculty use of room 419

Current University of Scranton faculty may reserve room 419.  Three faculty members may share its use and each will be provided with a locking storage unit. The room is reserved for one month, with renewal in the last week of that month for an additional month if there is no one waiting. Any Library materials must be signed out to the faculty member.  Materials neither on loan nor in their proper location are “missing” from the collection.  Reference materials or journals found in the room will be retrieved and returned to the collection.

Access to the room is controlled by the Office of the Dean of the Library, 4th Floor. The faculty member signs out a key to the room at the time of the reservation and must return the key at the end of the month or when the use is ended. When the room is booked, the door will be locked and a sign posted “Room in Use by Faculty.”

The room may not be booked by faculty during the months of December and May when it is only for student use. At other times of the year, if Room 419 is not booked by any faculty members, it will be available for student use on a first come, first served basis.  When the room is available to students, the door will be unlocked.

Guidelines for student use of room 419
  • The door must be unlocked.
  • The blinds must be raised.
  • Materials (books, articles of clothing, etc) cannot be left in the room to “claim” it; unattended materials will be removed to make the room available to others.
  • The room is for group and not individual use.
Students who do not follow these guidelines will be asked to leave the room.

Group Study Rooms

Group Study Rooms are located on the first, second, third and fourth floors of the Weinberg Memorial Library. 
  • Group Study Rooms are intended for those working or studying collaboratively. Individuals are asked to move to other study space in the Library if a group wants to use the room.
  • All materials left in the rooms are reshelved at the end of the day.
  • Group study rooms cannot be reserved. Students should not leave personal items unattended in an attempt to hold the room.
For any questions or concerns, please contact the Reference Desk on the second floor of the Library.

Pro Deo Room

The Pro Deo Room, which is open 24 hours, includes lounge seating, a computer lab, a photocopy machine, vending machines, the Java City Coffee Bar, and a campus phone. After hours, holders of a University Royal Card can swipe the card to gain access to the room. Only currently enrolled students are permitted to remain in the Pro Deo Room after regular Library hours. You may be asked to show your Royal Card.

In addition to the workstations, there are ResNet ports for users with the proper network configuration. Personal laptop computers may access the wireless network via RoyalGuest.
In Fall 2010 a second 24/7 room will be opened in the Bound Journals area of the First Floor.

Refund Policy

Report any printing, copying or microfilm malfunctions to the Reference Desk. For poor copies that are due to computer problems, the Librarian will either get a good copy for you or will contact the Circulation desk to have a refund placed on your RoyalCard.

Problems with photocopiers can  be reported to either the Reference or the Circulation desks. Refunds will be issued for equipment related problems.

If prints or copies are due to personal errors, refunds will be at the discretion of the Library administration.


Library furniture is intended for reading or studying. While it is understandable that students may doze while studying, Library staff or Public Safety Officers may awaken someone whose sleeping is disruptive to the study of others. An example of such behavior is snoring loudly in the Quiet Study Room. Sleeping anywhere in the Library by members of the public is not permitted. If a member of the public falls asleep, he or she will be awakened and informed of the policy. If there is a second infraction, Public Safety will be called to escort that person from the building.

Unattended Children

The Weinberg Library's collections and services are specifically designed to meet the needs of our students, faculty and staff. For this reason, visitors age 14 or under must be accompanied by a responsible adult* while in the building. This includes school students doing research or being tutored as well as children attending any camp held at the University.

Children should never be left unsupervised. Parents, guardians, or teachers are responsible for the appropriate supervision and behavior of any children who accompany them while in the Library. Because the Library is a teaching environment, disruptive children and their supervising adults will be asked to leave.

Library computers are to be used in accordance with the Public Access Computer Policy. Unsupervised access to the Internet by anyone age 14 and under is prohibited as the Library does not utilize filters that would screen out materials that may not be appropriate for persons of that age.

After providing unattended minors age 14 and under with a copy of the policy, Library staff will orally explain both the policy and the actions that must cease. Failure to comply will result in notification to Public Safety for appropriate action.

In instances of disruption or policy violation, the staff member will, upon request of the responding Public Safety Officer, provide a written statement as to the minor's actions and refusal to comply with the policy as presented and orally reviewed with him/her.

*A responsible adult is defined as a person who is a sibling at least age 18, a parent or legal guardian or is recognized by the University as having supervisory responsibility for the minor (camp counselor, for example).

Weinberg Memorial Library Posting Policies and Guidelines

Any club, organization or University related department that wants to post notices, flyers or posters in the Weinberg Memorial Library must receive prior approval from the Dean or Associate Dean of the Library.   The Library reserves the rights to deny approval for any posting that are not consistent with the mission of the University of Scranton.  Approval of postings is not an endorsement by the Library of the event or its participants.

Following are guidelines for approval of a posting:

  • The flyer or poster should not exceed 11 inches by 17inches unless otherwise approved by the Associate Dean of the Library.
    Flyers and posters must be signed and dated by the Dean or Associate Dean of the Library to indicated approval.  Flyers that do not have approval will be removed.
  • Flyers or posters must advertise and promote an event sponsored by a recognized student club or organization or by a University department.  The name and contact information of the sponsoring club, organization or department must appear on each flyer.
  • Flyers or posters announcing organizational meetings should not be posted more than two weeks prior to the date of such meetings.
  • Flyers or posters announcing sponsored programs or events should  not be posted more than three weeks prior to the date of the event
  • All flyers and posters will be placed at designated posting areas: Reilly Learning Commons bulletin boards and/or the second floor computer lab area.
  • Only Library sponsored events and Public Safety notices may be posted on the glass doors at the Library entrances, or in/ near the elevators.
  • Flyers and posters will be removed by the Circulation Department after the date of the event. 
  • There is a limit of two flyers or posters per event.

Updated May 3, 2011
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