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Library's Building Use Policy

Beloit College Library is a private facility reserved for the use of Beloit College students, faculty, staff, and responsible members of the general public.

All minors under 16 must be supervised by a responsible adult.  Minors who need access to Federal depository materials should visit the reference desk for assistance.  Users may be asked by staff to show their ID cards. Beloit College is not responsible for minors or monitoring their use of materials or equipment or for the inappropriate conduct of any patrons.

Anyone found violating the Library's policies or acting in a disruptive manner will be subject to disciplinary action and/or suspension of Library privileges and/or arrest.

Policy for Audio-Visual and Computer Equipment on Library's Lower Level

All audio-visual and computer equipment on the Library's lower level is for users with a current Beloit College ID, who are age 16 and over. Exceptions are made for users not affiliated with Beloit College who need to access government document information or resources from the microform collection.

Collection Development Policy

The Library Collection Development Policy defines what materials are obtained, kept, or discarded from the library's collections.

Library's Computer Use Policy

A Beloit College network ID and password is required to access library computers. 

Guests affiliated with Beloit College should inquire at the circulation or reference desks about access options.

Guests not affiliated with Beloit College may use designated computers and should inquire at the circulation or reference desk.

Guests using their own computers can access Beloit College's guest wireless network.

All computer users must be at least 16 years of age or supervised by an adult.

Beloit College reserves the right to require users to show their ID cards.

The use of Library computers and network resources is subject to the same policies governing the use of other Beloit facilities, including all applicable state and federal laws, copyright restrictions, and license agreements. The College’s Information Technology Services “Policy on Ethical Use of Computing and Information Resources and Privileges” applies to the use of Library computers.  For copy of the policy, see or ask at the Reference or Circulation Desks.

Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action or suspension of Library privileges.

Updated 6/11/2018

Policy on Food and Drink in the Library

Food and drink brought into the Library can cause damage to materials, equipment, and furnishings, many of which are irreplaceable or replaced only at great cost. Food and drink spills, residue, and containers also add to the workload of already overburdened custodial staff.

To minimize damages, the Library allows drinks in covered containers only. Travel mugs, cups with lids, and soft drink cans all are acceptable. Drinks are NOT allowed around computers, photocopiers, printers, audio-visual equipment, and in the Archives.

Neither food nor alcoholic beverages are allowed at any time.

If Library staff see patrons with food, alcoholic beverages, or uncovered beverages, they will ask the patron to put it away, take it outside to consume, or dispose of it (but not consume it). If the patron does not cooperate, Security may be contacted.

The only exception to this policy will be Library-sanctioned functions where permission to bring food and uncovered beverages into the building must be obtained from the College Librarian prior to the event.

Privacy and Confidentiality Policy

It is the policy of the Col. Robert H. Morse Library and Richard Black Information Center to protect each Library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired, or transmitted. Accordingly, the Library will not disclose such information except as required by law.

Except as otherwise required by court order, when asked for information about faculty, staff, and students, Library staff will provide only campus contact information if the requestor is identified as College-related. All other requests for contact information about campus individuals will be referred to the Security Office. If the requestor is seeking student record information, he or she will be referred to the Registrar's Office.

When presented by a law enforcement official with a court order for the production of any tangible things (including books, records, papers, documents, or other items), or a court order authorizing the installation and use of a pen register or trap and trace device on wire or communication services provided by the Library, Library staff members:

  • will refer the law enforcement official to the Library Director or, in the Library Director's absence, to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College; and
  • will not disclose the fact of the referral or the existence or content of the court order to any other person.

The American Library Association maintains a web site about The USA Patriot Act in the Library.