USM Libraries

Expectations of Appropriate Conduct

Guidelines and Policies for Appropriate Behavior in University Libraries

The University Libraries (Gorham, Lewiston-Auburn, & Portland) are intended primarily for use by students, faculty, staff, and other members of the USM community. The Libraries strive to provide a welcoming, comfortable, safe,  and appealing environment for the USM community. 

The Library is open to the general public for purposes associated with an academic library, such as accessing print and electronic resources, conducting research, studying, and attending events.  Library privileges are extended to members of the University community and others, with the responsibility that requires all users to respect the needs of other patrons and staff, and to behave legally and responsibly in their use of those resources and in interactions with others.


The Following Are Not Allowed: 

Disruptive, loud, or inappropriate conversations including those on cell phones.  Patrons speaking loudly or on cell phones may be asked to move to more appropriate locations such as group study rooms or 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, or exhibiting disruptive behaviors.

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 or other tobacco use.  USM is a completely Tobacco-Free Campus as of January 1, 2013.

Interfering with staff or another library patron’s use of the Library through extremely poor personal hygiene or exhibiting signs of contagious illness.

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

Sleeping or block aisles, entryways or exits.

Bringing firearms or any other weapons into the Library.

Animals in the Library except trained service animals.

Unaccompanied children under the age of 12 or any children behaving in a disruptive manner.

Damaging, stealing, or misusing library property or resources.

Bicycles in the building.  Please use 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 Entrance/Arcade on the Portland Campus