These patron behavior policies apply to all individuals using the Libraries at the University of Missouri-St Louis (UMSL). The library staff, library security officers, and campus police may enforce these policies. Additionally, students are required to comply with the UMSL Student Code of Conduct available at:

  • Beverages and Food:
    • Patrons are not permitted to consume food in the UMSL Libraries; including the study rooms.
    • All beverages must be in spill-proof containers or cups with lids. Water bottles with caps are acceptable.
    • Beverages are not permitted:
      • in the Rare Book Reading Room of the St. Louis Mercantile Library,
      • in the Reading Room of the State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center - St. Louis,
      • in the Video Rooms,
      • or on or around artwork as indicated by signs in those areas.
    • Beverages and food are available in the Café TJ in the Thomas Jefferson Library.  Information on other food and beverage locations on campus can be found at the Sodexo web site.
  • Bulletin Board in the Library Research Commons:

    Only flyers for UMSL related activities which are open to the campus community will be posted in the bulletin board. No personal ads or campaign flyers will be permitted. When a flyer is brought to the library, it will be up to whomever is staffing the reference desk to determine if it is acceptable for posting. Also, Circulation supervisors may make determinations about posting appropriate flyers. Every flyer must be date-stamped and will be posted for a maximum of 4 weeks or until the event has passed. Flyer size will not exceed legal size paper.

  • Cameras:

    Photography is not allowed in the St. Louis Mercantile Library or in the State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center - St. Louis without prior authorization. Permission to use images may be requested at the Reading Rooms of each area.

  • Cell Phone Use:

    Cell Phone usage is not permitted in the Libraries.

  • Circulation
  • Computer Use:
    The public computer terminals may be used to access information resources for educational, instructional, and research purposes only.
    • Please be careful with beverages and do not place them directly on top of computer terminals or electronic equipment.  All beverages must be in spill-proof containers or cups with lids. Water bottles with caps are acceptable.
    • Faculty, students, staff, and other UMSL affiliated patrons have priority for using the public computer terminals.
    • The UMSL Acceptable Use Policy, which lists certain responsibilities and ethical behavior expected of computer patrons, will be followed. This policy may be accessed at: and UM System Acceptable Use Policy
    • The Library Research Commons (library computer lab) is run by UMSL's Information Technology Services department and is subject to their rules and policies.  The computers in the Library Research Commons are available to:
      1. UMSL affiliated patrons with valid UMSL SSO IDs.
      2. University of Missouri (UM) affiliated patrons with valid UM SSO IDs.
    • Additional policies apply to Library laptops.
  • Code of Conduct:
    Patrons must respect the rights of other patrons and abide by all University and Libraries' policies, licensing, and contractual agreements.
    • Noise: Patrons must help to maintain a quiet environment and refrain from engaging in any behavior that interferes with the normal use of the Libraries by others.
    • Theft and Vandalism: Library materials, equipment, or property must not be taken from library buildings without proper checkout or authorization. Patrons engaging in theft, vandalizing, altering or damaging library buildings, furniture or equipment, including computer systems, networks, programs or data, are in violation of Missouri State Law and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the Law.
    • Library materials: Patrons may not use the equipment in an unsafe or harmful manner and should not damage equipment and facilities, as they will be held accountable for any damage they cause. Patrons must handle library materials carefully so that they are not defaced or damaged in any way. Patrons must not mark, underline, remove or fold pages or portions of pages, remove binding, or use paper clips or Post-it®/sticky notes.
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act

    DMCA information for the University of Missouri System.

  • Gifts
  • In Case of Emergencies:

    Patrons should follow instructions given by the Libraries' Emergency Monitors, security officers, and staff, verbally or via the public announcement system, during emergency situations or drills.

  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Library Closing:

    Prior to the daily closing, three announcements at 30, 15, and 5 minutes will be made reminding patrons that the library will be closing. Upon a fourth and final announcement indicating the libraries are closed, all staff members and patrons must promptly exit the libraries so that staff and security officers can lock the building.

  • Laptop Circulation Policy
  • Library Instruction Room (Room 315) Policy
  • Lost and Found:

    The Thomas Jefferson Library maintains a lost and found container. The first working day of the month, a library staff member will send the items to the Lost and Found Center in the Millennium Student Center. Wallets, purses, cell phones and other PDA equipment are immediately given to campus police. The Library Research Commons (Computer Lab) also retains lost items. Please check with them for any items lost within the lab area.

  • Reserves
  • Security:

    DO NOT, under any circumstances, leave laptop computers or any valuables unattended in the Libraries. The Libraries are NOT responsible for lost or stolen laptops, personal computers, their components, or any other items. UMSL has an important list of security & safety tips for all students, faculty & staff.

  • Study Room Policies
  • Unattended Children:

    Parents may not leave children unattended in the Libraries and they are responsible for their children's behavior while in the Libraries. Unattended children under the age of 16 will be asked to leave the Libraries.