As members of an academic community, library patrons as well as library employees are responsible for sustaining a scholarly environment, which the University Library defines as an environment supportive of study, research, scholarship, creative production, and collaboration. While we welcome everyone, including community guests, our primary focus is Portland State University (PSU) students and employees. Library employees provide knowledgeable, courteous, effective service, and respect individuals’ intellectual freedom.

We ask everyone to treat each other with courtesy and respect.

Community guests (individuals who are not current PSU students or employees) who are not studying or using library resources or services for an academic purpose may be referred to Campus Public Safety and asked to leave the Library.

We ask that you refrain from disruptive or disorderly conduct, or behavior that disturbs the scholarly environment of the Library, including but not limited to:

  • Using loud, obscene, abusive, or threatening language;
  • Making noise that is reasonably disturbing to others;
  • Engaging in behavior that violates the University’s Prohibited Discrimination and Harassment Policy or any other University or Library policy or standard;
  • Damaging or destroying building property, including engaging in graffiti, vandalism, and other actions likely to cause damage to the building or its contents;
  • Displaying overt signs of intoxication that includes disruptive behavior;
  • Handing out printed materials, leaving them on study tables, or posting printed materials on doors, walls, and bulletin boards not specifically designated for that purpose;
  • Soliciting or selling items;
  • Using seating or space in a way that interferes with priority usage for students, faculty, staff, and other researchers. Examples include: blocking the aisles and walkways with large amounts of personal belongings and using the space as living quarters;
  • Leaving personal belongings unattended;
  • Going through recycle bins or trash cans;
  • Refusing to leave the building at closing time.

For PSU students and employees, this Building Access Policy and Policies and Codes of Conduct at PSU outline expectations as well as processes to be followed should violations occur. Community guests who violate these policies may be referred to Campus Public Safety and asked to leave the Library. 

In the event of disruptive or disorderly conduct, or behavior that disturbs the scholarly environment of the Library, the Library reserves the right to request library patrons provide PSU identification in order to determine affiliation. Refusal to comply with this request may result in a referral to Campus Public Safety.

Service animals are welcome. Support animals are allowed if they are registered with the Disability Resource Center or Human Resources. All other animals are prohibited.