Library Building Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct applies to all users of the library building.


  1. Pursuant to Regulation 28 of the University, the Director of Library Services makes the following Library Code of Conduct:
  2.  We want users to get maximum benefit from the service we provide.  The library’s staff seek to provide an enjoyable and pleasant environment, which positively contributes to everybody’s ability to study.
  3. Adherence to the Library Code of Conduct is a requirement for the membership and use of the library. Failure to abide by this Code of Conduct may result in sanctions or disciplinary action being imposed or instituted under the terms of Regulation 28.

We ask that all our users conduct themselves in the following ways:


  • Treat those using and working in the library with courtesy and respect.
  • Please respect the designated silent and quiet zones.
  • Mobile phones should only be used in designated areas, as shown on signs and notices.
  • No smoking or vaping in the library.

Health & Safety

  • You must take responsibility for your own health and safety when in the library and do not endanger the safety of others, for example, by the use of trailing cables etc.
  • You must leave promptly if a fire alarm sounds.


  • Do not leave your personal belongings unattended: they will be considered a security risk and may be removed.
  • If the security alarm sounds when you leave the library, you must go to the Information Hub or Reception desk so that the trigger for the alarm may be investigated.
  • You must produce your library ID card for examination on request by library or security staff.
  • If asked to provide proof of age, you must do so.


  • Allow others to work undisturbed, respecting the designated silent and quiet zones.
  • Do not reserve study spaces or computers; for example, by leaving belongings there when you have left the area.
  • Do not unplug any library equipment.
  • Leave study spaces tidy and dispose of any rubbish.

Food and drink

  • No hot or strong smelling food, no alcohol.
  • Please only eat in the designated areas

Library transactions

  • Treat all library materials with respect and help us to maintain them in a good condition for the benefit of all library users.
  • You must not write on, highlight or underline (even using a pencil), any library materials.
  • You will only be required to return items when they are requested by another user, in which case you must do so when they are no longer required for your studies.
  • You must pay any outstanding fines or charges.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are properly issued to you before you leave the library.
  • You are responsible for all materials issued to you; damaged items must be paid for.
  • Do not lend your library card to anyone else.

Review / Contacts / References


Library Building Code of Conduct

Date approved:


Approving body:

Library Leadership Team

Last review date:


Revision history:

06/2018, 11/2019, 07/2020, 07/2021, 04/2022

Next review date:


Related internal policies, procedures, guidance:

Legislation and good practice:

Regulation 28 of the University of Sussex

Library Strategy

Document owner:


Lead contact / author:

Operations Senior Manager