Policies and Guidelines at UC Clermont

All University and college policies apply to Clermont College Library users, including the Student Code of Conduct. General library policies are not to supersede University and college policies. Behavior or use not in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct may result in eviction and referral to UC Public Safety or Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs. 

General Frederick A. Marcotte Library policies can be found here, but the Frederick A. Marcotte Library also has a Collection Development Policy.

Headphones are required for audio listening while in the library and should be used at a volume that does not disturb others.

The Frederick A. Marcotte Library is a minimally supervised environment intended to meet the academic and research needs of our students, faculty, and staff.  We strive to maintain an environment conducive to research, study, and collaboration.

Children under the age of fourteen who are not registered UC students must be always accompanied by an adult and are barred from the 2nd floor. In accordance with university policy, children who are not registered UC students may not use the library’s computers.

Adults who bring children into the library are responsible for their supervision. If a child is disruptive, the accompanying adult and child(ren) will be asked to leave. If children are left unattended and the accompanying adult cannot be located, library staff will contact UC Public Safety. A UC ID or a photo ID may be required to verify age or student status.

Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times. 

We provide computers for the use of the University of Cincinnati community. State and federal laws, as well as UC Libraries Acceptable Use of Electronic Information Resources Policy and UC Acceptable Use of University Information Technology Resources Policy (9.1.3) apply.

Frederick A. Marcotte Library is committed to protecting patron confidentiality in accordance with the American Library Association Code of Ethics and Ohio Confidentiality Law (ORC 149.432).

  • The American Library Association Code of Ethics states, “We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired, or transmitted.”
  • The Ohio Confidentiality Law states, “'Library record' means a record in any form that is maintained by a library and that contains any of the following types of information: (a) information that the library requires an individual to provide in order to be eligible to use library services or borrow materials; (b) information that identifies an individual as having requested or obtained specific materials or materials on a particular subject; (c) information that is provided by an individual to assist a library staff member to answer a specific question or provide information on a particular subject.”

Disruptive behavior toward others is prohibited, including:

  • Creating excessive noise
  • Any harassment of others, including verbal or physical attack
  • Odor constituting a nuisance or health concern
  • Bringing in personal belongings not essential to academics (bedrolls, carts, frame backpacks, large duffel bags)
  • Behavior that disturbs others or interferes with the appropriate use of the facility

In the event of fire, severe weather, power outages, or other emergency situations, an emergency alarm will sound, and library staff will alert building occupants to the procedures for evacuation or shelter. All fire alarms require immediate exit by all building occupants.

Frederick A. Marcotte Library has a fire safety holding area on the second floor, located on the landing of the back stairwell. If a fire alarm sounds, the elevators cannot be used as an exit. Instead, a staff member will direct any person unable to climb down the steps to the fire safety holding area. Staff will then notify UC Public Safety of that person’s location.

Food and beverages are typically permitted in Frederick A. Marcotte Library. Contact the circulation desk staff for assistance immediately if you spill food or a beverage. 

We do not post flyers, leaflets, or brochures in the library. Please contact library staff if you wish to advertise a campus or university-sponsored event on our digital monitor. The digital monitor is not available to advertise non-university affiliated events, services, or products.

Misuse of library materials, equipment, and facilities is prohibited. In the event of misuse, library staff will notify UC Public Safety.

Examples of prohibited actions include:

  • Destruction, mutilation, or defacement of any library materials
  • Deliberate damaging of hardware or equipment
  • Tampering with software or changing equipment settings
  • Defacing walls or furniture
  • Misuse of furniture in the facility

The library phone is not available for public use. Mobile devices should be set to silent or vibrate while in the library in consideration others. Users talking on a cell phone may be asked to leave the library if conversation is distracting to others.

The library’s 2nd floor is the only quiet study space available to students on campus.  To foster an academic learning environment, the following rules will be strictly enforced on the 2nd floor:

  • No cell phone conversations
  • No children
  • Group study and conversation should be limited to study rooms
  • Some tables may be reserved for tutoring and the Learning Commons. Signage will be posted.

Soliciting or accosting patrons or staff for any purpose is prohibited.

Study rooms are a shared resource. Failure to comply with the study room policies may result in having your study room use privileges suspended at a minimum for the remainder of the current academic semester.  Behavior or use not in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct may result in eviction and referral to UC Public Safety and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs.

 Occupancy limits will be strictly enforced.

Expected Behaviors

  • Rooms are not soundproof. Keep noise low and respect the rights of others to study in an academic environment.  Study room doors should remain closed while in use.

  • Windows and doors in the study rooms should not be blocked or covered.

  • Furniture from other parts of the library should not be moved into the study rooms and study room furniture should not be removed from the study rooms.

  • Do not leave rooms or items unattended. The library is not responsible for misplaced, damaged, or stolen items. Materials left unattended in a study room for more than 15 minutes will be removed and taken to UC Public Safety.

  • Rooms should be left in orderly condition and free of trash.

  • All study rooms are available for use from the opening of the library until 10 minutes before close to allow staff time to perform closing procedures.

Group Study Rooms

Group study rooms (120B, 120C) are intended for academic study and available exclusively for Clermont College student use. 

The group rooms are designated for student group study, with groups taking precedence over individuals. Group rooms are not intended for teaching or regularly scheduled meetings.

Group rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Individual Study Rooms

Individual study rooms (220B, 220C, 220D, 220E, 220F) are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Removing or attempting to remove library materials or property without following standard checkout procedures or other authorization is prohibited. If this occurs, library staff will notify UC Public Safety.  A UC ID or a photo ID may be requested to verify age, student status, or if attempting to leave with library materials that have not been properly checked out.