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Policy Update

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Library Policies


The Library strives to provide …

  • a safe, respectful environment for collaborative and individual study, learning, and activities in support of campus research and instructional programs
  • access to library materials or an ability to obtain them according to library policy
  • books, journals, documents and newspapers that are complete and unmarked
  • a safe, respectful environment for library personnel to conduct library business without interference

Certain behaviors, detailed below, interfere with the rights of others and are in conflict with these goals.

Use and protection of the collections

Unacceptable behaviors include...

  • removing or attempting to remove library materials, equipment or property without proper checkout or other official library authorization
  • concealing library materials in the Library for the exclusive use of an individual or group
  • mutilating library materials by marking, underlining, removing pages or portions of pages, removing binding, removing security devices, using post-its and paper clips or in any other way damaging or defacing library materials
  • smoking in buildings or near entrances and exits
  • failing to adhere to copyright laws, including systematically downloading, printing, or disseminating content from WU-licensed electronic resources in violation of copyright laws

Use and protection of the building and library equipment

Unacceptable behaviors include...

  • misusing, damaging, defacing or obstructing the use of Library furniture, equipment or facilities, including computer systems
  • monopolizing/obstructing space, seating, tables or equipment to the exclusion of others
  • leaving backpacks, packages, personal computers, luggage, or other personal materials unattended. Unattended items are subject to confiscation. The Library is not responsible for personal property left unattended.
  • being in unauthorized areas of the Library, remaining in the Library after closing or when requested to leave during emergency situations, drills or when not abiding by the Library's Code of Conduct Policy
  • opening emergency exits except in emergency situations
  • maliciously accessing, altering, deleting, damaging or destroying any computer system, network computer program or data

The Library environment

Unacceptable behaviors include...

  • causing a disturbance or engaging in any behavior which interferes with Library activities, programs, or business. Proscribed behavior includes (but is not limited to) verbal abuse, threats of violence, sexual harassment, or use of "fighting words" to harass any person
  • creating a disturbance with disruptive noise, e.g. loud talking or audible electronic devices
  • disturbing others with strong odors, e.g. perfumes, alcohol, or unsanitary personal conditions
  • possession of weapons in the Library unless authorized by law
  • bringing an animal into the Library, unless the animal is an authorized accommodation for a person with a disability. Anytime any animal is behaving in a manner incompatible with the essential purposes of the Library, Library personnel will immediately insist that the animal exit the Library.
  • vending, peddling, soliciting or petitioning in the Library; posting or distributing materials without permission

Sanctions for non-compliance

Library employees have the authority to bring inappropriate behavior, as defined by these and other rules, to the attention of the individual demonstrating such behavior.  Library users found in violation of this code of conduct may be asked to present identification to Library employees; may be subject to a search of backpacks or bags; may be directed to leave the premises and not return to the Library facilities for the day; and may be reported to University Security personnel or the Burbank Police.

Misuse of the Library, whether by theft, mutilation or vandalism of library materials or property, or by interference with study and research activities of library users, shows disrespect for the institution and disregard of the rights of members of the University community.  The Library will pursue disciplinary action, prosecution, or other legal action for the offenses listed above.

Federal and California State laws, local regulations and Woodbury University policies, including the WU Student Handbook, the Code of Student Conduct, and the Harassment/Sexual Harassment policies apply within the Woodbury University Library.

Please see here for policies regarding the borrowing and return of library materials.

The Woodbury University Library is committed to providing equal access to library materials, services, and resources for all patrons.  All staff working in public service areas of the library will make every effort to accommodate reasonable requests from users with disabilities. If your disability is not visible, please identify yourself as having a disability when you seek assistance.

Library Services
All requests for materials or services will be handled at the time of the request unless it is not possible due to insufficient staffing. In these cases, there may be a delay but requests will be processed in a timely manner.

Requesting Retrieval of Books or Other Library Materials
Patrons requiring the retrieval of books or other library materials may submit their request at the Circulation Desk.  Patrons are also encouraged to call the Circulation Desk at 818-252-5200 and speak with staff about specific requests.  

Requesting Photocopies
If you are unable to use a photocopier, staff will make copies for you. Requests for photocopying assistance should be made at the Circulation Desk. All copying must be in compliance with U.S. copyright law.

Requesting Reference Service
Reference service is available to all library patrons.  Reference staff will typically spend a limited amount of time with individual patrons if demand for service is high.  For more in-depth assistance, patrons are encouraged to contact a librarian for one-on-one consultation.  A list of librarians and their subject specialties is available on the library web site here.

If your needs are not met by the policies and procedures described here, please notify the Library. Staff will examine and, if necessary, amend policies and procedures to appropriately accommodate your needs.

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a landmark legislation that extends civil rights protection to people with disabilities. Information about the Americans with Disabilities Act can be found online.

Protecting the rights of library users to view and read materials without fear of intrusion, intimidation or reprisal is a core value for all librarians. Recognizing the role of the library as a center for free and uninhibited access to information of a democratic society, safeguarding the privacy of individuals in their use of the library, the Woodbury University Library maintains the confidentiality of library records. Student records, including library borrowing records, are additionally protected by federal and California state privacy laws.  No such confidential information shall be made available to any individual or office of the university, agency of state, federal or local government, or to any individual not specifically authorized by the Director of the Library for legitimate business purposes, except where the person whose confidential information is to be released consents or pursuant to such process, order, warrant or subpoena as may be authorized under the authority of and pursuant to, federal, state, or local law relating to civil, criminal, or administrative discovery procedures or legislative investigating power.

Confidentiality of Reference Services

Service is made available to all library patrons on an equal basis, regardless of age, gender, race, creed or status. Each request is taken seriously and treated with respect.  All reference questions are confidential.  The nature of the question asked and the identity of the patron will not be discussed with other patrons.  When referring reference questions between staff members, discussion about the nature of the question asked and the identity of the patron will be kept to the minimum required by the referral.  The nature of reference questions asked and the identity of the patron shall not be divulged to any agency outside of those to which a patron may agree to be referred without a properly executed order from a court of law.

Email & chat reference questions submitted to the Library will be retained for no more than three months. Questions are retained only for the purpose of statistics and to assist with follow up queries from clients. The questions themselves and any personal information such as names, email addresses, telephone and fax numbers submitted with the questions are confidential and are treated as other library user information under provisions of the Confidentiality of Library Records policy.

Library exhibits and displays are intended to reflect and highlight research, programs, curricula, or the campus life of Woodbury University. Of special interest are exhibits which promote library collections, services and programs.  Although beliefs and viewpoints expressed in the displays belong to the exhibitors and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Library, exhibits will be consistent with the Library’s mission, Woodbury University’s educational philosophy and ideals, and be fair and equitable concerning issues of potential controversy.

Exhibits and displays may focus on:

  • the Woodbury campus, community or faculty activities
  • student activities and interests
  • library collections or services
  • cultural events

Exhibit goals are to:

  • educate, inform and entertain
  • create student and faculty awareness of University activities and accomplishments
  • promote library use and circulation

Exhibit Proposals

Proposals are welcomed from faculty, staff or students. All proposals are reviewed for appropriateness. The Library reserves the right to refuse inappropriate proposals.

Exhibits are scheduled for periods of approximately 4 to 10 weeks, depending upon the exhibit calendar and, or, upon the availability of the materials to be displayed.

Proposals should be received at least 3 weeks in advance of the date planned for the exhibit. The Library considers proposals as they are received, and notifies applicants promptly of its decision. Other exhibit proposals will be considered on a space-available basis.

To submit a proposal for an exhibit or display, please contact Amanda Woodward, User Engagement Librarian.

Exhibit Preparation, Installation and Dismantling

The Exhibitor will:

  • Select exhibit material
  • Plan signage for the exhibit case and for posters or flyers, if appropriate
  • Write a brief description of the exhibit that will be used for publicity in the campus newspaper, on the Library's website, and other venues as appropriate
  • Schedule times to install & dismantle the exhibit, in consultation with the Library
  • After the exhibit, return all exhibit items to their rightful owners


For exhibits that include original student or faculty work, designs or creations, the exhibitor and the Library will seek permission from the owner of the work to have it displayed.

Please see here for information on donating items to the library.

The Library of Woodbury University is funded and operated for the primary purpose of supporting the research needs of Woodbury’s students, faculty, and staff.  The Library continually strives to offer effective and welcoming spaces such as the computer classroom room L106 for study and research.

Room L106 is primarily an open lab and study hall for students seeking a quiet place to work. The Library has a limited amount of designated quiet study space. Due to the absence of separate group study rooms, group work and discussion are permitted in the library main space. L106 is the only designated quiet study area in the library. Therefore, it is imperative that it be available to library patrons as often as possible.

Room L106 also serves as a classroom for information literacy instruction. The majority of the LSCI credit courses are taught in L106. Students engage heavily with online information resources throughout the course. Each fall and spring semester, approximately 8 to 11 sections are scheduled in this room.

Room L106 is where many course-specific information literacy sessions are scheduled as well. Librarians offer hands-on workshops and customized guest lectures to aid faculty, staff and students in identifying and locating resources for course assignments, teaching, and research. These can be tailored to meet the specific needs of a class. Faculty may request information instruction sessions by contacting Diane Zwemer, Library Instruction Coordinator, or by filling out this Library Instruction Request Form.

In addition, various Library workshops and classes are held in L106 to instruct students, faculty and staff on new library resources or developments.

Room L106 is not available as a regular campus classroom, with the exception of the LSCI courses.

Faculty needing one-time computer classroom facilities are encouraged to seek other campus labs or classrooms.

The attached collection development policy guides decision making on what resources are collected, and the process in which they are both acquired and deselected.

Please see our policy on collecting textbooks here.

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