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Library User Rights and Responsibilities: Library User Rights and Responsibilities

Library User Rights and Responsibilities

The University Library supports the teaching, research, and outreach mission of the university. Menomonie community members and other visitors can see more information at the UW-Stout visitor information page
The library provides safe and respectful environments for individual and collaborative learning. People who enter the UW-Stout University Library agree to abide by the policies in this document. 


Borrowing Privileges

UW-Stout students, faculty, and staff members with an active campus ID card are eligible to borrow University Library resources.  Community members may use library resources inside the building and may apply at the Circulation Desk for a community borrower library account.  No user may check out library resources with another person's ID card.


User Rights

  • Courteous assistance from Library staff
  • Access to Library resources, regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or other legally protected status or identity
  • Library materials that are in good condition
  • A research and study environment free of harassment
  • A clean physical environment


User Responsibilities

  • Obey all laws of the local, state and federal government
  • Interact courteously with other users and Library staff.
  • Keep Library materials clean, unmarked, and intact; UWS18.12(8)
  • Maintain a quiet environment in designated Quiet Study area on 5th floor
  • Abide by campus and Library computer use guidelines
  • Refrain from behavior that hinders study, research, or course work
  • Provide valid identification upon request


Computer Workstation Policies

  • The Library provides computer workstations to facilitate the University's mission objectives: scholarship, learning, teaching, research, and service.
  • Community members may use designated library computers for one hour per day.  Requests for extended use of computers should be made in advance to the Reference Staff email, and will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • The display of inappropriate materials on computers may be construed as a form of harassment prohibited by Federal and State Laws.  Access and use violations will be treated seriously and will incur appropriate sanctions.


Building Use and Regulations

Building use is governed by UWS 18, Wisconsin Administrative Code, and by UW-Stout policy 76-3 for Facility Use.  Supplemental rules follow.

  • UW-Stout is a tobacco free campus.  Tobacco use is prohibited on any property owned by UW-Stout.  UW-Stout policy 92-55
  • Guns and other weapons are prohibited on University lands and buildings. UWS 18.10(3)
  • The library has theft detection equipment.  If attempted theft is suspected, library staff will contact Campus Police. UWS 18.12(4)
  • For their own safety, children under 18 years of age must be supervised by an adult at all times. UW-Stout policy 16-79.
  • Only service animals are allowed in the building. UWS 18.08(1)
  • Entrances, exits, stairwells, aisles, and book stacks must remain unblocked. UWS 18.07(5)
  • Solicitation or display of items for sale is prohibited in the library.  Permission to leave materials or post information inside or outside the building must be obtained from Library Administration. UWS 18.08(9) and UWS 18.11(8)
  • Bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, or other wheeled devices may not be used in the building, except for equipment that assists physically challenged individuals. UWS 18.10(8)
  • When filming or taking photographs inside the library, activity must not disturb people who are studying nearby, and views should exclude people’s faces who are not directly involved with the filming.  Additionally, see campus statement on privacy. It is desirable for people who wish to film within the library to inform Library Administration beforehand.


Food and Drink Policy

  • Food and beverages are permitted in the Library (excluding the Area Research Center/Archives and Gaming & Digital Innovation Lab).
  • Please keep the Library clean by properly disposing of waste, recycling and compostable items.
  • Meet delivery people in the main lobby when ordering outside food.


Code of Conduct

  • Individuals who do not adhere to library policies and guidelines may be asked to leave the library and/or reported to Campus Police and/or the Dean of Students' Office.
  • No person may intentionally take or conceal Library materials without prior check-out at the Circulation Desk. UWS 18.12(4)
  • Cell phones should have audible features turned to “mute” while in the library; calls should be taken quietly and moved to the lobby
  • Threatening behavior or unwanted attention toward another individual is disruptive and will be reported to the Dean of Students’ Office or Campus Police. UWS 18.11(2)
    • Anyone who is considered to be jeopardizing the health or safety of our staff or patrons will be reported to the Dean of Students’ Office or Campus Police.



Visitors and groups are welcome at the Library.  Please contact the Reference Staff in advance to schedule a tour or group visit: 715-232-1215 or


Lost and Found

Unattended items will be collected and held in the Lost and Found at the Circulation Desk.


Updated 11/09/21