USM Libraries

Expectations of Appropriate Conduct

Guidelines and Policies for Appropriate Behavior in the Libraries During a Pandemic

The University Libraries (Gorham, Lewiston-Auburn, & Portland) are open to current USM/UMS students, faculty, staff only.  

The Libraries strive to provide a welcoming, comfortable, safe, and appealing environment for the USM community. 

The Libraries are open for the purposes associated with an academic library, such as accessing print and electronic resources, conducting research, and studying.  

Our online services are available 7 days a week! Physical library hours beginning 8/30/21 available here.


Current USM/UMS ID must be presented to enter our buildings. 

Face coverings and appropriate physical distance (at least 6 feet) are required at all times. 

Those exhibiting signs of contagious illness will be asked to leave the building immediately. 


The Following Are Not Allowed: 

Disruptive, loud, or inappropriate actions or conversations.  

Patrons speaking loudly or on cell phones will be asked to move to more appropriate locations, such as outside the library.  In the Glickman Library, please use the stairwells or the Library Arcade. 

Verbally or physically threatening or harassing patrons or staff

Acting in any disorderly or disruptive manner, and/or exhibiting disruptive behaviors that affect others. 

Solicitations, petitions, or canvassing in the library or on library premises.

Using obscene or abusive language.

Consuming or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or engaging in any manner of substance abuse.

Smoking, chewing, vaping,  or other tobacco use.  USM is a completely Tobacco-Free Campus. 

Interfering with staff or another library patron’s use of the Library through poor personal hygiene. 

Using the restrooms for bathing, washing, changing clothes, or for any purposes other than the intended use.

Sleeping in or blocking aisles, entryways or exits.

Bringing firearms or any other weapons into the Library.

Animals in the Library except trained service animals. Emotional support animals are not allowed. 

Unaccompanied children or any children behaving in a manner that disrupts others.

Damaging, stealing, or misusing library property or resources.

Bicycles are not allowed in the building under any circumstances.  Please use the bicycle racks outside the library. 

Bringing into the Library more than two bags, maximum size 12” by 18” by 20,” plus one personal bag such as purse, laptop or briefcase (total 3 bags).

Oversize items such as bedrolls, duffle bags, large suitcases, four-wheel shopping carts or large plastic bags.

Unattended bags or personal items. 

Engaging in any other conduct which:

  • Is inconsistent with the purpose of the Library
  • Disrupts the orderly operation of the Library
  • Interferes with the use of the Library by others

The above policies are in effect for:

The Gorham Library

The Lewiston-Auburn College Library

The Glickman Family Library, Osher Map Library, and Atrium on the Portland Campus




as of 8/28/2021