Privacy is essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought, and free association. Drexel University Libraries defines the right to privacy as the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one's interest examined or scrutinized by others. Confidentiality exists when a library is in possession of personally identifiable information about users and user activities, and keeps that information private on their behalf. Read the Drexel University Libraries' full privacy statement.
The Drexel University Libraries is committed to providing equal access to information to all students, faculty, staff, and members of the Drexel community. Whenever possible, the Libraries will select and acquire resources and technologies that are accessible to all in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For those parts of the historical collections that are not accessible, the Libraries is committed to providing reasonable accommodations and timely access in appropriately reformatted media that are accessible to disabled Libraries users.
The Drexel Libraries strictly adheres to and enforces the University’s diversity policies and procedures and works to promote, support and sustain an environment of diversity, equality, fairness, inclusion, and respect.
Read more about the Libraries’ services for people with disabilities on the Services page.
Courtesy in the Libraries
The Libraries have the primary mission of meeting the essential information, intellectual, teaching, learning, and research needs of the University; in order to fulfill this mission for all members of the University community, we ask that those using the Libraries observe the following courtesies:
Cell Phone and Video Chat Use
The Libraries' policy regarding the use of cell phones attempts to strike a balance between the maintenance of a library environment conducive to research and study, while accommodating the increasing presence of cell phones on campus. Common sense and courtesy is the order of the day.
Owners of cell phones are expected to turn telephone ringers off, or to the lowest volume level while in the library. If cell phone use is required, users will be expected to move to a location away from fellow students so conversations will not disturb others. Loud conversation is both unnecessary and unacceptable. Extensive cell phone conversation while in the library is discouraged. Just like use of a headset is expected for patrons who need to listen to audio on personal or library computers, speaker phone or video chat is unacceptable.
As a courtesy to the other patrons, please use the study rooms only for video chat at a reasonable volume. Use of Skype or other video chat in the hubs, labs, and computer stations is forbidden.
Areas in each library considered designated quiet areas are off-limits to cell phone use.
In Hagerty Library, the lower level, and areas near the restrooms on each floor may be used for quiet, brief cell phone conversations. In the Hahnemann Library, the lounge areas immediately outside of each of the Health Sciences Libraries, or adjacent to the Computer Lab, are the appropriate areas for phone use.
Food and Drink
Please clean up after yourself and use the trash and recycling receptacles for any waste. Please report any spills that occur to Library Staff.
What food and drink ARE allowed:
- Beverages are allowed if they are in sturdy, spill-proof containers.
- SNACKS are dry and free of aroma (candy bars, nuts, pretzels etc.). They are allowed at tables and chairs, in study carrels, and lounge chairs and sofas.
- Meal type items (Pizza, burgers, fries, fruit, hoagies, sandwiches, salads, etc.) may be consumed in the Dragons' Learning Den at W. W. Hagerty Library and in the First Floor Vestibule at Center City Library.
What food and drink ARE NOT allowed:
- With the exception of the Dragons' Learning Den in W. W. Hagerty Library and the First Floor Vestibule at Center City Library, MEALS are not allowed. MEALS are anything served hot, made to order, or eaten with utensils (Pizza, burgers, fries, fruit, hoagies, sandwiches, salads, etc.)
- Uncovered beverages.
- Food deliveries will be denied entry.
- Alcohol is strictly forbidden.
Where NO food or drink are allowed:
- At computer stations.
- Near library-owned laptops.
- Near media equipment (scanners, video players).
- At copiers and microfilm scanners.
- In stacks and shelving areas.
- In the Archives and Special Collections room.
Noise levels vary widely within the libraries. Learners use the space for quiet, individual study in addition to collaborative group work. The following designations are defined in order to provide an environment that is comfortable, inviting, and conducive to study for all of our users.
No talking, no group study, cell phones should be turned off or set to silent.
Low talking, cell phones turned off or set to silent, quiet conversational noise.
Group studying, group conversational noise
General Noise Guidelines:
- Be considerate of others.
- Areas near the service desks generally will be noisier than elsewhere.
- Headphones may be used if noise from the headphones is not audible to others.
- Laptop computers and library computers may be operated, but all sound or audio features must be turned off. Video Chat is not permitted.
- Cell phones and pagers should be turned to silent or off. If you must use your cell phone to make or receive a phone call while in the libraries, you are encouraged to do so in the high noise areas, the designated areas near the stairwells, or go outside.
- Talking should be kept at a normal level.
- Individuals collaborating in Group Study Rooms should keep the door shut in order to contain any noise.
Those who fail to follow these policies will be asked to either conform or leave the library. Additional sanctions may be imposed on repeat offenders.
Non-Drexel offenders may be barred from the library entirely.
Libraries Facilities Use Policy
Free expressive activities and inquiry are fundamental to the academic endeavor. With this right to free expression comes a responsibility to consider and accommodate the rights of other members of the campus community. Drexel University Libraries supports the right of individuals (students, faculty, and staff) and groups that are affiliated with the University to discuss, express, advocate or examine issues or ideas within constitutionally valid limitations. Therefore, Drexel University affiliated individuals and groups may conduct orderly seminars, discussions and events if they do not disrupt the normal or previously scheduled activities of the University or University affiliated entities, violate the free speech, assembly or movement of other individuals or organizations, damage property, or create an unsafe situation for any individual, group or organization.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that Drexel University Libraries' spaces are used for purposes that are consistent with the Libraries' role as a learning enterprise dedicated to providing access to authoritative information regardless of format, to building learning environments, to strengthening connections to scholarship and to modeling an entrepreneurial organization.
Mission for Libraries facilities:
The Libraries has the primary mission of meeting the essential information needs of students, faculty and staff to support the intellectual, teaching, learning, and research activities of the University. The use of the Libraries' facilities may be denied if the activities interfere with the philosophy, missions, or goals of Drexel University, a non-profit institution.
The Libraries provides a variety of different services which vary based on an individual's University affiliation. Drexel community members and visitors may use library spaces for learning activities including: collaborative meetings/discussions, independent study, instruction, brainstorming, or interdisciplinary activities. These spaces are not intended to replace offices or departmental conference rooms and include group study rooms, learning labs, computer classrooms and conference rooms. Spaces vary in capacity, features, and restrictions for use.
General Guidelines for Use of Facilities:
- Reservation requests must be submitted at least 24 business hours in advance of the reservation
- Spaces are only available for one time use, recurring reservations will be approved on a case by case basis
- Food is prohibited unless otherwise noted, all trash should be removed prior to vacating the space; all University facilities are smoke-free.
- Original furniture configurations should be restored before vacating
- Classrooms and conference rooms may be reserved and used by Drexel University faculty and staff only
The Libraries' facilities should not be used for commercial programs or fundraising activities, or for personal profit.
In order to provide a quiet study space for those using the library, disruptive demonstrations and protests by students, faculty, or staff or affiliated groups are not permitted. The use of public address systems or loudspeakers is completely prohibited. Any use of amplifiers must be approved by the library's administrative department.
Access to Facilities
Photo ID is required to enter buildings housing libraries. Special permission for events whose participants include visitors (non-Drexel affiliation) may be required during Finals periods, evenings and on weekends. If an event includes visitors who are not affiliated with Drexel, a list of participants' names should be provided 24 hours prior to the event.
Drexel Student Code of Conduct
The Drexel University Code of Conduct is a comprehensive document that contains policies and procedures regarding expectations of academic and non-academic student behavior. Students have the responsibility to be aware of and abide by the Code of Conduct and any relevant policies and regulations when using any Drexel Libraries facilities. Please visit the Office of Student Life's website to read the complete Code of Conduct.
Reservations will be approved based on availability and an appropriate match of reservation needs and features of space, e.g. technology, furnishings, capacity, etc. First priority will be given to the Libraries' programs and services, and then to Drexel University affiliated individuals and groups including departments, faculty and staff. Classrooms and conference rooms may be reserved and used by Drexel University faculty and staff only. Reservations are not final until they have been confirmed by the Libraries and may be modified at the discretion of the Libraries. Every effort will be made to re-book a reservation in comparable space if this is necessary. View descriptions of reservable spaces on the Reserve a Room page.
The Libraries requires that appropriate security be present to preserve order and protect the safety of its students, employees and property. The requesting department or individual is responsible for security costs beyond those normally incurred by the Libraries. Catering, AV, and housekeeping costs will be paid by the requesting department, group, or individual.