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Library Policies - General

Study Rooms

These guidelines have been established to ensure the delivery of effective library services as Tarleton State University:

Cell Phones

The Dick Smith Library allows the use of cell phones in the building; however, you are expected to use them courteously and not disrupt others.

  • Turn your cell phone to its lowest volume or use the silent signal function.
  • Keep your cell phone within easy reach so you can answer it quickly.
  • Keep your voice low and your conversations short when talking on your phone.
  • Step outside to use your cell phone if you are disrupting other library patrons.

Food and Drink

(revised, October 15, 2014)

The Dick Smith Library permits limited eating and drinking within the Library.  We count on all of our users to help us make sure that the books and the computers remain safe and that the building stays clean. Spills from food and drink can cause permanent stains, mold, and mildew on materials, furnishings, and carpets. Food leftovers not disposed of properly can cause pest infestations. Therefore, to ensure the preservation of collections, library equipment, and facilities, we ask you to be conscientious in disposing of trash and in abiding to these guidelines:

  • DRINKS in rigid containers with secure lids are permitted throughout the library, except in areas listed below.  Open containers are not permitted.
  • FOOD is permitted in the student lounge and coffee bar area, study tables, and study rooms. Be respectful of others and refrain from eating loud, smelly, or messy foods.

NOTE: Food deliveries, food parties, and group meals are allowed only with advance permission and only in designated meeting rooms.

  • Food is NOT ALLOWED in the following areas:
    • Library Training Center
    • Book and periodical stacks
    • Computer workstations and other equipment (i.e., copiers, printers, library laptops, scanner, and so on)
    • Special Collections Room (no food OR drink)
  • DISPOSE of all trash properly before you leave.  Large trash receptacles are available throughout the library. Encourage others to take care of the library and to treat it responsibly.
  • ACCIDENTS HAPPEN.  Should spills occur, please use paper towels from restrooms to clean up and notify library personnel at one of the service desks.  We just need to make sure it gets cleaned up.  Cleaning supplies are stored on every floor:
    • Main Level – At the Circulation Desk.
    • Lower Level – At the Information Desk
    • Upper Level – In the Administration Office

Library staff reserves the right to ask anyone who disregards these guidelines to remove the food/drink from the building immediately or move to another area of the library or to leave the building.

Study Room & Meeting Room Policies

  1. Reservations that are not claimed within 30 minutes will automatically be canceled unless prior arrangements have been made.
  2. All meeting and study rooms are free to non-profit activities ONLY. For-profit groups must contact the Library Director, Donna Savage, at 254-968-9138 to negotiate room rental fees.
    • Paid tutoring sessions will only be allowed in room 231 IF the tutor is Tarleton student or employee AND IF the tutee is a Tarleton student. If either one of these descriptions is missing, the patron must contact Donna Savage at 254-968-9138
  3. Users are responsible for any cleaning and/or repair cost brought about by their use of the room(s). Report any problems or mishaps that may arise to the front desk immediately.
  4. Keep noise to a minimum. Violators will be required to leave the library.
  5. Do NOT attach anything to the walls.
  6. Do NOT use candles or anything flammable in the meeting rooms.
  7. Rooms MUST be left clean and tidy. All trash must be removed from the premises.
  8. During the week of finals, no reservations will be accepted for any of the reserve study rooms or Practice Presentation Room. All rooms will be first come, first serve only. The Multipurpose Room will be available for staff and faculty reservations only.
  9. Tarleton is a smoke free campus. No smoking or use of smokeless tobacco is allowed on the library premises.
  10. It is at the discretion of the library staff to cancel any and all room reservations for groups that do not comply with the library meeting room policies.

Group Study Rooms (First Come, First Serve) - Room 226, 227, 229, 230, 233, 237, 238, & 239

Each study room has seating for up to 6 people.

Meeting Rooms (For Reserve Only) - Room 104, 225, & 231

  1. Reservations for Library meeting rooms should be made through the Circulation Desk in person or at 254-968-9450.
  2. A contact name, email address, phone number, group name, number of people attending and specific dates and times are required when making a reservation.
  3. Reservations can be made for groups of 4 or more, for a maximum of 4 hours.
    • Room 104 (Seating for up to 46 with tables, 70 without tables. Group minimum: 8)
    • Room 225 (Seating for up to 8)
    • Room 231 (Seating for up to 6)
  4. Reservations that are not claimed within 30 minutes will automatically be canceled unless prior arrangements have been made.
  5. Library staff is not responsible for setting up rooms or operating equipment.
  6. Users will need to stop by the Circulation Desk to be escorted up to the room and be let in the door.

Guest Computer Access and Printing

The Dick Smith Library welcomes and encourages guests to use our resources; however, Tarleton and other University students with proper ID have priority access to Library computers.

  • Guests must provide a valid ID at the reference desk to obtain a temporary password.
  • Guest users must be at least 16 years old or accompanied by an adult parent/guardian.
  • Guests must use computers on the main level to facilitate the staff's assistance.
  • During the regular semester, guest passes are not available between 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • During the regular semester guest computer access may be further restricted during high demand periods. Watch for posted signs. 
  • Guests should limit their computer time to two (2) hours.
  • Printing is $.05/per single-sided or $.08/per double-sided page - charges are non-refundable.