UW Tacoma Library Code of Conduct

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The UW Libraries seek to provide a safe and secure learning environment where diverse experiences and perspectives are honored. Library users are expected to respect the rights of others, the integrity of Libraries resources and the scholarly mission of the Libraries.

The UW Tacoma Library requires that users adhere to the University of Washington Tacoma Student Code of Conduct, the policies and procedures of the Library and the University, to all local, state, and federal laws, and to abide by the following guidelines and policies.

Safety & Respect for Others

  • Threats, bullying, or intimidation of any kind is prohibited, including but not limited to: verbal abuse, threats or acts of violence, carrying or displaying weapons, or harassment.
  • Behavior that contributes to excessive noise levels is prohibited, including talking in designated quiet areas, audible electronic devices, and loud talking,
  • Cell phones are to be set to silent or vibrate in the library and phone conversations are to be limited to designated areas; texting is allowed throughout the library.
  • Library users will not engage in any sexual activities on library premises.
  • Indecent exposure and unwanted or inappropriate touching or advances will not be tolerated.
  • Users may not disturb others with strong, pervasive odors, including perfume, cologne, body odor, or alcohol.
  • Vending, peddling, soliciting, and petitioning are not allowed in the Library or at its entrance.
  • Personal belongings should not be left unattended in the Library; the Library does not assume responsibility for personal belongings but reserves the right to place unattended belongings in the Lost and Found and/or turn them over to UWT Campus Safety.
  • Library staff or Campus Security may wake sleeping users for safety and health checks.
  • Users will not leave children unattended.

Respect for Library Property

  • Misappropriating, misusing, vandalizing, stealing, monopolizing, deliberately misplacing, or obstructing the use of library equipment, resources, or facilities is prohibited.
  • Users will not create unsanitary conditions or health hazards.
  • Only Library staff may post materials in the Library.
  • Animals, with the exception of identified service animals, are not allowed in the Library.


Use of computers and equipment


  • First priority for computer use is always given to UW students, staff, and faculty.
  • Academic uses of computers and equipment have priority over other uses. The Library reserves the right to discontinue patron use of computers at staff discretion.
  • Computers and other equipment may not be used for destructive or illegal purposes, including but not limited to: loading file-sharing software, releasing viruses, using computers for network attacks, making illegal copies.
  • Tampering with the Library’s computers or other equipment is prohibited, including disconnecting or unplugging cords, opening panels, etc.
  • Use of personal equipment, such as extension cords, adapters, or power cords, must not pose a safety hazard for others.

Food, drink, and tobacco

  • Drinking beverages from covered/lidded containers is permitted in the library.
  • Food consumption is allowed in the library as long as it does not create a mess or hazard. Deliveries are to be met outside the library.
  • Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other controlled substances in the library is strictly forbidden.

Proper use of identification

  • Users will adhere to policies governing the appropriate use of University identification by not allowing others to use their UW identification card or UW NetID.
  • Users will present identification upon request.
  • Users must have valid UW ID to access the Library during Late Night Hours (9pm-12am, Mon-Thursday).

Bias Incidents

  • If Library staff witness bias incidents or receive reports of bias incidents, staff will report the event through the campus Bias Incident Reporting process.

Response to non-compliance

Library users found to be in violation of this code of conduct will be asked to stop non-compliant behavior. Continued failure to comply with the Library’s rules, regulations, and policies may result in removal from the premises or other disciplinary sanctions. Criminal behaviors will result in immediate action from Campus Safety or law enforcement without prior verbal warning.


Last updated May 2019.