Limited amounts of food and drink is allowed to create a welcoming atmosphere for our users. Users are expected to clean up after themselves and place trash in the trash cans designated throughout the library. We strongly encourage users to help keep the library clean, avoiding infestation or damage to library property. Absolutely no food or drink in the Archives research area or Black Heritage room.
- Food is limited to snacks for individual consumption only.
- No group consumption of food is allowed.
- No fast food, open plates, greasy or odiferous food allowed.
- No food should be ordered for delivery to the library.
- Only drinks with secure lids or caps are allowed.
- The library prefers the use of travel mugs, or bottled drinks with screw caps.
- No glass bottles are allowed.
- Absolutely no alcohol will be tolerated.
Disclaimer: Users will be liable for any damage to library property and equipment caused by mishandling of food or drink. Users with inappropriate food or drink will be asked to leave the library; refusal to comply will result in calling campus security; extended non-compliance of the library food policy will result in loss of library privileges.
The James B. Duke Memorial Library works to ensure that all of our patrons have access to computers and digital materials. In order to maintain the integrity of the University and the digital safety of our patrons,
- Computer priority is given to educational and research use over recreational use.
- Students can conduct their own searches and if they are having difficulties locating information on a subject they are free to contact a librarian in order to receive help.
- As mentioned, reference services are available upon request.
- No alteration of the computer desktop is allowed.
- Printed copies are charged electronically to students.
Children are a treasured part of the academic community. As such their safety and that of our patrons is our utmost responsibility. In aligning with the rules of the university,
- All children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Children are not allowed to use the computers in the library without an adult.
- Children are not allowed to run throughout the library.
- If a child is loud (crying, yelling) or disruptive, library staff have the right to ask the parent to leave the library facility with the child.
- The University or the Library is not responsible or liable for children in the library.
Disruptive behavior is any activity that endangers the perpetrator or others, interferes with the library business of other patrons or staff, or is illegal. This may include any activity that results in harm to library equipment or services.
In this respect:
- Patrons should conduct themselves in an orderly manner.
- Patrons will be respectful of other library users and keep the volume of their conversation as low as is practical.
- Patrons will not physically, verbally, or with gestures threaten, abuse, or assault another person on library property.
- Patrons may not interfere with the staff’s performance of its duties. This includes engaging in inappropriate conversation, behavior, or physical and/or verbal harassment.
A patron who is disruptive will be informed by a library staff member that the behavior is inappropriate. If the behavior continues, the patron will be asked to leave the library. If the patron refuses to leave, University security will be called. Disruptive behavior on the part of a library patron may result in further disciplinary action.