The Library strives to provide for its users:

  • Access to library materials or an ability to recall them according to library policy
  • Journals, documents and books that are complete and not vandalized
  • Surroundings and library collections free from the problems caused by disruptions, food, beverages and other damaging substances
  • A library environment suitable for reading, study and activities in support of campus research and institutional programs

Certain behaviors, detailed below, are in conflict with these goals. These behaviors may be covered by federal, state, local laws, and CSUMB policies.

Use and protection of the Collection

1. Removing or attempting to remove library materials, equipment or property without proper checkout or other official library authorization. (Calif. Code of Regulation, Title 5; Calif. Education Code §19910; Calif. Penal Code §484 and §490.5)

2. Failing to either renew or return library materials when due. (Calif. Education Code §19911 and Calif. Penal Code §484)

3. Concealing library materials within the library for exclusive use by an individual or group. (Calif. Penal Code §594)

4. Mutilating library materials by marking, underlining, removing pages or portions of pages, removing binding, removing electronic theft prevention devices, or in any way defacing or damaging library materials. (Calif. Education Code, §19910; Calif. Penal Code §594)

5. Use of tobacco products in the library. Damage caused by food, liquid or tobacco products defined as vandalism. (CSUMB Smoke Free Policy; Calif. Health & Safety Code §118875; Calif. Penal Code §594; Calif. Code of Regulation, Title 5 §41301)

6. Failing to adhere to copyright laws. (U.S. Code Title 17)

Use and protection of the building and library equipment

1. Vandalizing or defacing any part of the library building, furniture or equipment. (Calif. Civil Code §594 and §600.005)

2. Maliciously accessing, altering, disconnecting, deleting, damaging or destroying any library equipment, computer system, network, program or data. (Calif. Penal Code §502)

3. Using library equipment to access materials that cannot be directly related to the business, educational and/or research activities of the university, or projects sponsored by a university department or institution. (CSUMB Acceptable Use Policy)

The Library Environment

1. Any incident of verbal or physical abuse or harassment of library patrons or staff, causing a disturbance or engaging in behavior that interferes with Library activities, including challenges to library staff or patrons attempting to maintain an atmosphere conducive to study, or when enforcing Library Conduct Policy. Proscribed behavior includes, and is not limited to, downloading, storing, printing, or public display of material that interferes with the official activities of library staff and patrons. (Calif. Penal Code §415, 415.5 and 626.6)

2. Making excessive noise, including loud conversations, use of audio devices, pagers, portable CD players, radios, TV, DVD, cell phones, in such a manner that others are disturbed. (Calif. Penal Code §415 and 415.5)

3. Being in unauthorized areas of the library, remaining in the library after closing or when requested to leave during emergency situations, drills, or when not abiding by Library Conduct Policy. (Calif. Penal Code §602/L)

4. Opening emergency exits or setting off security and/or emergency alarms except in emergency situations. (Calif. Civil Code §43 and Calif. Penal Code §647)

5. Willfully blocking or maliciously obstructing any library entrance, exit, lobby area, staircase, aisle, or passageway in person or by causing objects to be placed in such a manner as to cause blockage or obstruction is prohibited. (Calif. Penal Code §647c)

6. Loitering, defined as "wandering from place to place without apparent reason or business and refusing to identify oneself and to account for one's presence when requested to do so, if the surrounding circumstances are such as to indicate to a reasonable person that the public safety demands such identification." (Calif. Penal Code §647.e)

7. Bringing into, or parking inside the library or library lobby any wheeled vehicle other than those designated to assist physically disabled patrons. Specifically, skateboards, roller blades, and folding scooters must be carried and placed out of any library aisle or passageway. Bicycles must be parked in a designated outdoor bike rack. Bicycles brought into the library or library lobby will be impounded by university police. (Calif. Vehicle Code §1203, 1207, 1209-1210; Calif. Penal Code §647c)

8. Rollerblading, skating, or bicycling in or on library property is prohibited. (CVC §1202 Calif. Civil Code §600.01 and §600.02)

9. Bringing weapons into the library unless authorized by law is prohibited. (Calif. Penal Code §626.9)

10. Animals are not allowed into the library unless trained to assist persons with disabilities. (Calif. Civil Code §54.1)

11. Filming, videotaping, taking photographs, or recording is prohibited unless prior approval has been obtained with campus officials or Library Director.

Library Fees

1. Failing to pay library fees or fines. (Calif. Penal Code §484 and §532)

Any patron who commits or attempts to commit any of the offenses above, or other behaviors illegal under the laws of federal, state or local government are subject to sanctions, including:

  • Being asked to leave library premises
  • Being reported to the police; and
  • Legal prosecution

Repeat offenders are subject to loss of Library privileges. Repeat offenders who are CSUMB students are subject to disciplinary actions as defined by CSUMB Student Code of Conduct.

The Library necessarily falls under the jurisdiction of and expects patrons to follow other Campus-wide and State policies such as CSUMB's Policy for a Smoke Free Environment, Student Code of Conduct, Acceptable Use Policy, and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Article 2: Student Discipline. These policies proscribe other behaviors and describe sanctions for policy violations. See current University Catalog and Student Survival Manual for enumeration of these policies.

This policy subject to change