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Policies & Procedures

General Policy

Members of the general public are welcome to use the Hiram College Library.  Use of the library is defined as use of library services and/or collections (both print and online) within the building.  Members of the general public are especially invited to make use of the Federal Depository Collection and the State of Ohio Depository Collection.

To enable the use of its collections, the library makes available several computers to allow access to the library’s online catalog, as well as internet access.  Word processing and other software is not available.  Electronic information, services, software, and networks provided directly or indirectly shall be accessible in accordance with licensing or contractual requirements.  Use of the computers implies consent with the Hiram College Acceptable Use Policy ( 

There is a small charge for printing, although the fee is waived for most government documents.  Parents should note the Library does not filter internet access and is not responsible for children viewing online (and print) materials that may be considered unsuitable by the parents.

Materials may be checked out only by persons with a Hiram College ID, members of the Friends of the Hiram College Library, or by those holding a valid library card from a library that is a member of either OhioLINK or SearchOhio.

Library staff are not responsible for unattended children and cannot be responsible for their safety.  Library staff reserve the right to ask anyone exhibiting disruptive or inappropriate behavior to leave the building.

General Policy

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.