UH Libraries Code of Conduct

The UH Libraries believe that all library users should have:

  • Safe, clean and pleasant surroundings
  • Access to library materials or an ability to obtain them as allowed
  • Journals, books, and other library materials that are complete, unmarked, and well-organized
  • Access to equipment and services, including computing, for academic purposes such as research and homework assignments
  • Privacy and confidentiality in their use of library services and collections

All University Libraries’ users are subject to this and all applicable codes of conduct, e.g., the Student Code of Conduct.


  • Users are expected to comply with staff requests and directives. In accordance with University policy, library staff or security officers can compel users to present identification upon request.
  • Courteous and respectful behavior is expected. Examples of inappropriate behavior include: excessive noise from loud voices, cell phones, and personal listening devices; rowdiness; abusive language; the rearranging of furniture that obstructs pathways or access to materials; inappropriate use of equipment and computers; offensive sexual behavior; and so forth.
  • Users are expected to uphold the University of Houston’s statement on Diversity & Inclusion, including each person’s “responsibility to foster an open, welcoming environment where students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds can collaboratively learn, work and serve.”
  • Flyers and other print announcements may be posted on the designated bulletin board in the 24-hour lounge. Those posted elsewhere will be removed in the course of cleaning. Solicitation or proselytizing activity of any type must take place outside the library, and must be in compliance with applicable University policies.
  • Users are expected to be clothed in a safe and sensible manner (shirts and shoes required), and free of any offensive body odor or strong fragrances or perfumes. Those with poor personal hygiene or other disruptive odors may be asked to leave.
  • Library users are asked to help maintain a clean, pest-free environment – please dispose of trash and recycling in the appropriate containers.
  • To ensure the safety of personal belongings, users are advised to keep laptops, backpacks, and other personal property with them or properly secured at all times. The library cannot be responsible for personal belongings left unattended.
  • For personal safety, sleeping is not recommended in the UH Libraries.

Food & drink

Food and drink are permitted on all floors except near computers.

Abuse of library materials, equipment, or facilities

Library users are expected to treat all library materials, equipment, and facilities with respect. Intentional or reckless behavior that results in damage to University property is prohibited by Section 3.3 of the UH Student Code of Conduct and in some cases may be a violation of Texas State Law.

Damage to library materials, equipment, or facilities may result in charges for repair or replacement, suspension of library privileges, or referral to University or legal authorities, as appropriate.

UH Libraries strives to provide materials in an equitable manner to all users. Intentionally preventing others from using library materials is considered an abuse of privileges and a violation of this policy.

Examples of prohibited behavior include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing in or on library materials or equipment, or on facility walls, fixtures, or furniture.
  • Careless or reckless behavior that results in damage such as throwing, sitting or stepping on, or allowing materials or equipment to become wet.
  • Leaving library materials or equipment unattended.
  • Removing library materials, fixtures, furniture, or equipment from the library building, unless intended to circulate outside the library and appropriately checked out.
  • Deliberately misplacing materials or equipment within the library to prevent use by other users.

Use of electronic resources

Users of electronic resources provided by UH Libraries, including databases, eBooks, eJournals, or other electronic resources, must follow the UH Libraries Terms of Use for Electronic Resources.

Scanning, copying, and copyright

Use of UH Libraries scanning and photocopying equipment is expected to comply with UH Libraries’ policies, U.S. Copyright Law, and UH University Policies. For more information, see our copyright services.


  • Observe all appropriate Federal and state laws, local ordinances, the Student Code of Conduct, and other University policies that guide behavior on campus, such as the expectations of students for a conducive learning environment.
  • The University of Houston is a tobacco-free campus. Smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, is prohibited in the UH Libraries.
  • Filming and photography in the Libraries must have prior approval
  • Only service animals are permitted in the University of Houston Libraries.
  • Users must abide by the campus carry policy.

Approved October 2016.