Building Access Policy

The University Library system has a primary mission to support the educational, teaching, research, and administrative needs of the faculty, students, and staff of the University of Michigan. The collections are also accessible to others whose information needs require these resources. Policies governing the use of the facilities and collections reflect this mission.

Library staff are committed to maintaining a quality study and research environment, protecting the rights of users, and sustaining the integrity of collections. In addition to policies and procedures noted below, university-wide policies or civil laws related to facilities or collection vandalism apply.

Access

Any individual may have access to University Library buildings to use collections and most resources and services on-site. Due to the specialized nature or fragility of some materials, use of some special collections may be governed by more restrictive policies. Please consult with staff in relevant areas.

Most library facilities are open to the general public during regular hours. Any library open after midnight is accessible to only U-M students, faculty, and staff with valid Mcards.

Animals

Animals that are not service animals are not permitted in the library. Patrons accompanied by non-service animals are invited to return to the library without the animal.

Service animals are defined as dogs or miniature horses that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Service animals are working animals, not pets.  The work or task the animal has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability.  Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

The Library will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities pursuant to the ADA. In order to request an accommodation, please contact lib.accessibility@umich.edu.

Carrels and group study rooms

These facilities are generally available only to members of the campus community, except by special arrangement. Several library facilities have study carrels for individual use. Members of the campus community may consult the appropriate information services desk for procedures for reserving these carrels. 

Group study space in some campus libraries may be reserved by consulting the library's information services staff or by booking online. Generally, these facilities are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the high demand for group study space, we do not permit reservations for course office hours. In addition, campus department office hours cannot be held in library spaces, including group study spaces or open study spaces. Please contact your department to secure space on campus for office hours. 

U-M Library does not provide rentable space for other U-M department staff meetings or initiatives by private businesses.

Destruction of library materials

Any person who willfully defaces any library material or facility may be subjected to loss of library privileges, to appropriate administrative action within the university, and to prosecution under state law.

Emergencies

In the event of fire, tornados, or other emergency situations, our automated emergency alarms and/or library staff will alert building occupants to the procedures for evacuation or taking shelter.

Filming and photography

If you are a university department or student group/team who wishes to film in the library for your project, please reach out to libraryoperationsoutreach@umich.edu and we can work with you so there is minimal impact on the environment for research and study.

Food and drink

Food is permitted in study areas, if food items are handled with regard to the safety of library materials and the cleanliness of library facilities. 

Non-alcoholic beverages in closed containers (thermoses, travel mugs, bottled water or soft drinks, etc.) are permitted in most areas of the University Library.

No food or beverage is permitted in the Special Collections Research Center (and special collections or archives in any University Library), Papyrology Collection, and the Clark Library.

Literature distribution, solicitation

Display of posters and distribution of flyers is prohibited except in designated areas or with the permission of the User Services & Outreach Manager. Petitioning or solicitation is prohibited in library spaces

Security

In cooperation with appropriate university departments, the library tries to provide a welcome, open environment that is safe and secure for everyone.

Users should not leave personal belongings unattended.

Campus security phones are conveniently located throughout the libraries. Staff or users are encouraged to call the Department of Public Safety (911) in an emergency. Library staff should be alerted if users feel threatened in the library.

Sleeping

In order to ensure the safety of users and belongings, sleeping is not permitted in the library.

Smoking

In accordance with the campus-wide Smoke-Free initiative and university regulations, library facilities and the surrounding campus areas are non-smoking environments. Smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes or vaporizers, is not permitted in the library.

Failure to comply with these policies may result in limitation of access to library facilities.

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