Our Policies

Our policies are intended to maintain a productive, inclusive space for everyone.

Refusal to adhere to these policies may result in fines or dismissal.

Checking out items 

  • Bring your selected cartridge to staff at the front desk. For disk-based games, leave the case on the shelf and tell the attendant the game title and system. 
  • An Mcard or valid photo ID is required for checkout.
  • Games may be accessed for up to 4 hours. Use of a station is limited to one hour if others are waiting to play.
  • Only one game can be checked out at a time.
  • Staff may limit how often you can switch games during busy times, in order to help everyone present.
  • Tabletop roleplaying books may be borrowed for up to 3 days.

Handling equipment

  • Games and equipment must remain in the space at all times.
  • Please handle items with care.
  • Do not add personal accounts to our consoles, change console settings, or overwrite game save files without explicit permission from desk staff.
  • Tell a staff member if you experience technical issues with the equipment. Please do not try to rearrange cords yourself. 

Users under 13 

  • Anyone under the age of 13 must be with an adult and actively supervised. At least one adult is required for every three minors present.
  • Minors left unattended will be referred to the Department of Public Safety.
  • In the case of a supervised group visit, we recommend making a reservation at least 1 week in advance to provide us time to schedule staff support. 

Playing Smash Bros.

To minimize distractions and foster an environment more conducive to the study of games, the use of Super Smash Bros. games is restricted to Fridays. Exceptions include:

  • Research projects using the games, with written documentation from a professor or department head
  • Smash tournaments organized by a student group or university organization who’ve made a reservation in advance

Showing courtesy 

  • Please refrain from excessive profanity and noise levels.
  • Use headphones, and keep your audio at a low volume.
  • Do not disturb others while they are at play.

Food and drink

  • No food is allowed in the archive.
  • Drinks must be in sealed containers. 

Personal items

  • Backpacks and bags must be placed on the racks near the entrance upon arrival. You may take out laptops and other materials for use in the archive.
  • Let staff know when you arrive if you’ve brought your own games, controllers, or peripherals. Personal internal hard drives may not be used in our consoles.
  • Games and equipment must remain in the space at all times.
  • At the end of the day, any personal belongings left in the archive will be taken to the library lost and found at the second floor circulation desk.

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