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DIVISION: Library and Instructional Support
UNIT: Olson Library
DATE: August 2007; Reviewed July 28, 2008
PURPOSE: To guide behavior while in the library
APPLICABILITY: All library patrons


The Library subscribes to the University Student Code and other University policies which guide behavior on campus. Although we might not be aware of these rules, we can pretty much guess what activities are bothersome to others or are a definite no-no. Outside of outright vandalism and malicious mischief, please keep these rules in mind when using the library:

  1. The library, ideally, should be used for its intended purposes: reading, research, and study. We realize that the library is also a meeting place, restaurant, and game room, to name but a few activities. Fortunately, there is room for all of them, but keep in mind that if it’s too loud, too smelly, too messy, or too obnoxious, it’s probably too much. Practice courtesy towards others.

  2. People should be considerate of the need of others for a quiet and orderly place to study. But we know how people are. Do not be hesitant to ask someone to please keep the noise down—you have these rules on your side. If you do not feel comfortable approaching another patron, please ask a member of the Library staff to assist you. We don’t like excessive noise, either. And please let us know if our noise is excessive.

  3. If at all possible, and it really is possible, quiet shall be observed in areas of the library where conversation may disturb others. Open areas with a lot of traffic are the perfect areas for talking; out of the way areas that look like they should be quiet ought to remain quiet. Use your head.

  4. Personal listening devices such as iPods, cell phones, and your laptop must be adjusted so that others are not disturbed. In other words: wear headphones, turn the ringer off, and, if you must take that call, take it outside or to the aforementioned open areas where there is a lot of traffic. If the call is so private, why are you where you are?

  5. People wishing to work together on assignments or in study groups are heartily encouraged to reserve a room. But please keep the noise levels down for the sake of the people nearby. If noise from a group study room is disturbing you, feel free to apply the second rule above.

  6. The Olson Library allows food and drink . This is really cool if you’ve ever been in a library that doesn’t: you aren’t reduced to sneaking in a bag of chips or palming a burger while looking innocent or being forced to give up coffee (coffee!)—we allow food. This is a privilege we all want to keep (faculty and students alike), so please clean up after yourselves. Make your family proud, and keep the rats and cockroaches at bay.

  7. Please do not reshelve materials after you use them : We’ll take care of them.


REFERENCES: NMU Student Handbook (contains the Student Code & UniversityPolicies).

CONTACT: Library and Instructional Support, Olson Library, (906) 227-2117.


Library Hours
Mon: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tue: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wed: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thu: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sat: 12:00 noon - 8:00 p.m.
For exceptions and full year hours