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Policies & Procedures

Additional policies can be found in the About menu to the left.


While the Hiram College Library was established for the use of students, faculty, administrative officers, and staff of the university, as well as guests of the library and members of the OhioLINK consortium, all are welcome. This is particularly true in regards to the library’s Federal Depository collection of government documents. Certain policies do apply, however, to all those entering the building.

Standards of Conduct

All library patrons are expected to show consideration of others and cooperate with other library users and staff. A reasonably quiet environment should be maintained for the benefit of all persons in the library. Cell phone usage should be kept to a minimum and done in a manner that does not annoy other users. Food and drink is allowed, but please place your trash in trash bins found on each floor. Spills should be reported to the front desk. Shirts and shoes must be worn.

Any attempt to remove library materials without checking them out, can and will be treated as theft (please see the Circulation policies on the menu to the left). Defacing or destruction of property and materials will be considered a serious offense. Campus Safety and/or Village police will be called to assist when needed.

Use of the Collections

Any person needing access to an academic library collection may use materials within the library. Borrowing privileges are limited primarily to holders of a current and validated Hiram ID card. By special arrangement, current paid members of the Hiram Friends of the Library and valid card holders from member libraries of the OhioLINK consortium and SearchOHIO organization may also check-out some library materials. Individuals under the age of 18 should abide by the policy for Children's Usage.

Responsible Computer Use

Computers are to be used for academic research purposes only. Electronic information, services, software and networks provided directly or indirectly by the library shall be accessible, in accordance with licensing or contractual obligations and in accordance with existing Hiram College computing services policies, specifically the Acceptable Use Policy. U.S. Copyright Law and contractual license agreements govern the access, use and reproduction of the electronic resources that the library makes available to its users.

All those who use the library’s public computers must do so in a legal and ethical manner, demonstrating respect for the rights of other users and a recognition of the importance of civility and responsibility when using resources in a shared academic environment. Priority for use of these workstations is given to Hiram College students, faculty, staff, and others engaged in research activities.

The library does not control information available over the Internet and is not responsible for its content. Patrons should be aware that Internet sites may contain offensive or controversial material. Parents or legal guardians of minors are responsible for monitoring the library activities of their children.




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