Marian Gould Gallagher Code of Conduct


Revised by Library Council June 30, 2011.
Adopted by the Library Council, May 17, 2005.
Effective May 23, 2005.

Welcome to the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library. Members of the UW community and the public are invited to use the library's information resources and services. The library seeks to provide a safe and secure environment and facilities suitable for serious study and legal research.

Library users are expected to respect the rights of others, the integrity of library resources and the scholarly mission of the library. To further these goals, all library users must:

  • Comply with all library policies and signage.
  • Respond to emergency and security gate alarms and other situations as instructed by staff.
  • Leave the library at closing and limit use of the library to authorized areas only.
  • Limit equipment use during times of heavy demand.
  • Be sensitive to the fact that some on-screen images, sounds, or messages might create an atmosphere of intimidation or harassment for others.
  • Have drinks in covered containers.
  • Present identification upon request.

Behaviors that infringe upon the rights of library users or staff are prohibited. Prohibited activities and behaviors include, but are not limited to, the following. Library users may not:

  • Exhibit any threatening or intimidating behaviors to others, e.g., abusive language, threats of violence or harassment.
  • Create disturbances.
  • Vend, peddle, solicit or petition in the library.
  • Post or distribute materials in the library.
  • Deface or damage library materials, furnishings, or equipment.
  • Leave personal belongings unattended for extended periods.
  • Eat in the public areas of the library.
  • Sleep on the floor in the library.
  • Disturb others with strong odors, e.g., perfumes, alcohol, or unsanitary personal conditions.

Library users in violation of this code of conduct may be asked to present identification to library staff, may be subject to a search of backpacks or bags, may be directed to leave the premises and not return to the library for the day and the following day, and may be reported to University of Washington police. Disciplinary or legal action may also be taken in accordance with applicable laws and policies.

Federal and Washington State laws, local regulations and UW policies apply within the Gallagher Law Library.

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