Building Use Policy
The Northwestern University Libraries building use policy is designed to ensure library users have a variety of safe and welcoming spaces for research, learning, creativity, discovery and collaboration. All university buildings are considered to be private property. The following policy applies to all public areas of the libraries. All library staff are authorized to enforce this policy, with the assistance of Northwestern University Police if necessary.
Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages within library spaces is prohibited. Students found in violation of the no-alcohol policy will be reported to the appropriate University authorities. Non-Northwestern library users violating this policy will be reported to Northwestern University Police. Exceptions for alcohol at special events must be approved by Library Administration and must comply with all university regulations and state and federal laws.
Animals are not allowed in library buildings with the exception of trained and tethered service animals, which are limited to dogs and miniature horses. No other animals are allowed on the private building premises. Should non-service animals be brought on the premises, the owner will be directed to remove the animal from the building immediately.
Disruptive behavior is prohibited in order to ensure comfort and convenience to all library users. Examples of behaviors that are disruptive to others include, but are not limited to:
- excessive noise, relative to the area’s intended use
- harassment of other patrons
- harassment of library staff members
Filming, Recording and Photography
Permission is required for filming, recording, and taking photographs in any areas of the library buildings. Permission can be sought by completing the Application for Photography in the Library.
Food and Drink
Food and beverages are permitted within library spaces provided the following guidelines are followed:
- Limit food to designated areas.
- Please recycle and dispose of trash as appropriate.
- Report any spills to library staff.
- Please be considerate of others and consume messy foods and meals in the Café Bergson or student lounge.
Library rooms cannot be used for events for which an admission fee is charged or attendees are compensated.
Smoking & Vaping
Smoking & vaping in all forms is not permitted in the libraries or within 25 feet of library entrances.
Solicitation and Posting
Soliciting for donations or sale of items, or approaching patrons for the purpose of obtaining signatures on petitions is not allowed within the libraries, including entryways. Posting or placing of bills or flyers within the Libraries is prohibited without prior approval from the library. Approval is at the discretion of the Northwestern Libraries.
Transportation devices (except those assisting persons with disabilities) may not be used within the Libraries. Bicycles may not be brought into library buildings and should be secured outside at provided racks.
Vandalism/Destruction of Library Property
Graffiti and destruction of furniture, books, periodicals, etc. are considered destruction of university property and will be reported to University Police.
All Northwestern University policies including those not listed here are enforced. The University Police may cite persons who violate the provisions of these and other library policies. Violations by faculty, staff, or students may result in corrective action through administrative channels. The privilege to use the libraries is revocable at any time for violations of these policies.
Last Review: May 2019