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Library Policies

Library Users' Policies

To ensure that the DVC Library is a pleasant and productive environment for study and research for all users, please observe the following rights and responsibilities.

Users of the library have the right to:

  • A library environment free of disruptive activity. The library expects all students to comply with DVC’s Student Code of Conduct.  Failure to comply with the Student Code of Conduct constitute misconduct and grounds for disciplinary action.
  • Confidential access to library materials.
  • Library materials and equipment that are complete and not defaced.
  • Quiet areas for individuals to study and engage in research.

Users of the library may not:

  • Talk on cell phones in ALL AREAS of the library
  • Bring meals into the library (snacks and covered beverages are allowed)
  • Enter or work in the building without shirt and/or shoes
  • Sleep in the library
  • Cut, tear, deface or damage in any way library materials and equipment
  • Remove library books, magazines, or other materials, or any library property without proper library check-out
  • Bring bicycles into the library
  • Bring "hoverboards", "mini-segways" or similar devices into the library (fire hazard as of 1/14/2016)
  • Solicit in the library, i.e., asking people for money, to sign petitions, and so forth
  • Post or otherwise distribute flyers or materials in the library without proper library permission
  • Bring in any animal unless the animal meets the definition of a "service animal" as defined in District Policy HR 1080.18,  and the owner maintains control of the animal (i.e. with a harness, leash, or other tether) as outlined in the policy. (Please note: California law allows persons with disabilities to bring trained service dogs and psychiatric service dogs, but not emotional support animals, to all public places.)

The Library will actively pursue disciplinary action and other legal action for the offenses listed above. Misuse of the library, whether by theft or mutilation of library materials and equipment, or by interference with the study and research activities of library users, shows disrespect for the rights of members of the college communityUsers who fail "to comply with directions of the college officials acting in the performance of their duties" may be asked to leave the library and may be subject to the sanctions of warning, fines, restitution, forfeiture of library use, suspension, expulsion and prosecution, and may be accountable to the College and/or city, state, or federal authorities.