Building-wide Policies

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

After Hours Access

After hours use of the library is limited to faculty, staff and currently registered University of Scranton students.

Cell Phones

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

Food may be consumed on any floor of the Library. Sandwiches, salads, snacks, smoothies, and hot and cold beverages are available from Java City café in the Pro Deo Room most hours that the library is open. Vending machines for drinks and snacks are located in the Reilly Learning Commons and Pro Deo Room, and are available 24/7. Hot and cold filtered water is also available 24/7 in the Reilly Learning Commons.

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.

Faculty Study Room

Guidelines for faculty use of room 419

To accommodate faculty use of the Library for extended research projects, WML 419 may be reserved by current University of Scranton faculty. Up to three faculty members may reserve the room per semester. Faculty must vacate the room during the months December and May, when it is opened for student use. Any Library materials used in the room must be checked out to the faculty member, so as not to be “missing” from the collection. 

Access to the room is controlled by the Office of the Dean of the Library, 4th Floor. Faculty members sign out a key to the room at the time of the reservation and must return the key at the end of the semester or when use of the room is ended. During the semester the room is kept locked and is labeled “Faculty Study Room - Reserved”.

Guidelines for student use of room 419 (December & May)

  • 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.

Flyers/Posters

  • Flyers, posters and notices must be submitted to the Library Circulation Desk for approval.
  • Flyers, posters or notices must advertise or promote an event sponsored by a recognized student club, organization or University department. The name and contact information of the sponsoring club, organization or department must appear on each flyer.
  • The Library reserves the right to deny approval for any postings that are not consistent with the mission of the University. Approval of postings is not an endorsement by the Library of the event or its participants.
  • All approved flyers, posters and notices should be placed in designated posting areas in the Pro Deo Room, Reilly Learning Commons, and on the second floor. Nothing should be taped to the walls, as it damages the paint!
  • Any items posted on bulletin boards, walls or left on tables without prior approval will be removed and discarded.
  • Only Library sponsored events and Public Safety announcements will be posted on the glass doors at the Library entrances, or in/ near the elevators.
  • Flyers or posters should not exceed 11”x 17”.
  • Flyers and posters will be removed and discarded by the Circulation Department after the date of the event.
  • Use of library digital signage is reserved for library events only.

Group Study Rooms

The library has a variety of Group Study Rooms available for collaborative work. Rooms on Floors 3-4 are "first come, first served," and are available only when the library is open.

Reservable rooms are available 24/7, and include all rooms in the Reilly Learning Commons, and 3 small rooms on the 2nd floor.

  • Rooms can be reserved by current U of S students only.
  • Rooms can be reserved for a maximum of 2 hours per day (consecutive or separate).
  • Groups should consist of a minimum of 2 people.
  • Rooms can be booked up to one week in advance.

Reserve a Group Study Room

Inclement Weather

Please note that the library hours follow those of the University. If the University is closed, the library is closed. If the University has a delayed opening, the library has a delayed opening.

When the library is closed, faculty, staff and currently registered University of Scranton students may enter the 24-hour spaces by Royal Card swipe, unless otherwise posted.

Library Classrooms

WML 305:
The primary purpose of Library room WML 305 is as a library meeting space and a venue for the Schemel Forum. The room may be scheduled by any library faculty or staff for a library related meeting using the Outlook calendar. Use of the room by non-library faculty or staff is not typically allowed, although exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Library Administration. Queries about non-library use of the room should be directed to Kym Fetsko, Assistant to the Dean of the Library, at kym.fetsko@scranton.edu.

WML 306:
The primary purpose of Library room WML 306 is as an information literacy instruction classroom. The room is typically scheduled by the Information Literacy Coordinator for use by Librarians to provide information literacy instruction for course instructors who have requested instruction by a Librarian through the Research and Scholarly Services department. Use of the room by non-library faculty or staff without a Librarian present is not typically allowed, though exceptions may be made if the intended use of the room is to teach students to use the Library's resources and collections in support of research within a course. Queries can be directed to Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator, at donna.witek@scranton.edu.

During the months of December & May, WML 306 is opened to students as a computer lab for two weeks: from the Monday of the last week of classes to the Friday of the last exam. The room may not be reserved during these times. At all other times, a reservation is required to use the room.

Mutilation/Theft of Library Materials

Mutilation

If patrons are discovered in the act of mutilation or in possession of mutilated Library materials University Police will be called to file an Incident Report. For University of Scranton students the Incident Report will be shared with the Office of Student Conduct. All patrons will be charged replacement costs for any damaged materials. The Library reserves the right to revoke the privileges of those who violate Library policy.

Theft

Library materials that are not properly charged out will trigger alarms when exiting the building. Textbooks and DVDs from rental sources may also trigger the alarm. Patrons who set off the alarm should return to the Circulation Desk to have their materials reviewed, and added to their borrowing account if belonging to the University. If the patron setting off the alarm has University materials and no borrowing privileges, University Police will be called to file an Incident Report. The Library reserves the right to revoke the privileges of those who violate Library policy. 

Noise

The library has one designated Quiet Study Room on the 4th Floor, and two rooms on the 2nd Floor. The second floor rooms are available 24/7.

Noise is discouraged on Floors 3-5, as ample collaborative space is available on floors 1 & 2.

Disruptive behavior and/or excessive noise on any floor may result in a request from library staff to modify behavior or relocate. 

Personal Property Lost and Found in the Library

The University of Scranton assumes no responsibility or liability for personal property lost or stolen on The Weinberg Memorial Library premises. Library users and guests are urged not to leave personal property unattended in the Library.

Items found by Library staff or Library users should be turned in to Library Lost and Found at the Library's Circulation Desk on the Library's first floor. Library Circulation staff will make an effort to contact the owners of Royal Cards to return the cards. At the beginning of each weekday, Royal Cards not picked up and other found items are turned over to University Lost and Found in the Parking Pavilion. The Library will not mail lost items to owners. Personal property not recovered from the Library staff will be located at University Police, Lost and Found, located in the Parking Pavilion.

Sleeping

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. 

Smoking & Vaping

Smoking and vaping are not permitted in the Library.

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).