Noise in the Library

Library users are expected to moderate their voices and respect the need of others for a quiet, studious atmosphere. Quiet conversations are permitted in study rooms and in designated open group study areas on the third floor. Library users should avoid conversation in teh ITS computer carrels , in the second and third floor study carrels and in the first floor atrium. 

Cellphone use is not permitted in the library. Users should set cellphones to vibrate or silence. 

The library may occasionally host events on in the first floor atrium. If a user is disturbed by the noise, library staff will do their best to find them a quiet place to study.

If a user is not observing the noise guidelines, or if another user complains about specific patrons creating noise, the following steps will be taken:

  • First, a circulation employee or librarian will remind the offending party about the library's noise policy and ask the individual(s) to quiet down. The reference librarian on duty will support the efforts of circulation desk to address the situation. If these efforts have been ignored, the reference librarian is responsible for following up.
  • If a second visit is required, the reference librarian will note that this is the second visit and if the noisy behavior does not stop the patron(s) will be asked to leave.
  • If a third visit is required, the patron(s) will be asked to leave. If the patron refuses to leave, the librarian will call Public Safety, who will escort them out.

If it seems appropriate at any point, a library staff member may ask a user to show identification, so the library director can follow up with a conversation. The patron will also be given the library director's business card. If the patron refuses to provide identification, staff will notify Public Safety, who have a Standard Practice Guide authorization to ask for identification from any person on campus. When dealing with a noisy group, staff may single out individuals who have been particularly rowdy and inform them that they must be quiet. Staff may also ask these individuals for their names.

The library director may decide to follow up with Student Services to discuss academic disciplinary actions that may be warrented. If Public Safety has been called, the librarian on duty will inform the library director by email or, if it seems warrented, by phone (810)247-4482.


Copyrights, Contracts and Licenses

The Thompson Library will fully obey all applicable copyright laws, as well as licenses and contracts entered into by the library. The faculty and staff will not knowingly participate in or assent to any violation of the law or any legally binding agreement by others, nor will they knowingly permit any violations by patrons. Notices of copyright law will be posted near the photocopiers (and elsewhere if deemed necessary).

Under certain circumstances (e.g. in placing items on reserve), the library may ask users to certify, orally or in writing, that to the best of their knowledge their actions comply with copyright law, licenses, and contracts. It will also take reasonable steps to ensure that access to restricted resources is not given to users excluded by such agreements (e.g. not giving passwords to restricted databases to such patrons).

If it comes to the attention of the Thompson Library faculty or staff that someone is using library-owned or controlled facilities or resources to violate applicable copyright law, licenses, or agreements, appropriate action may be taken to stop such violations and prevent other violations. Such actions may include removal of offending items from the library, denial or abridgement of library privileges, and referral to appropriate University or legal authorities for further sanctions. Areas of uncertainty may be referred to University legal counsel for advice.

The Thompson Library will assume that any given person is acting in good faith in complying with copyright law, licenses, and agreements, unless there is reason to believe otherwise. It will take written declarations of compliance as prima facie evidence of good faith.

Rationale: Copyright law is very complex, and much of it is based on court decisions rather than statutes. Because of the complexity of the law, the Thompson Library will not serve as an interpreter of laws even legal authorities wrangle over.

With regard to licenses and contracts, the library's role is to take those measures required by the legal documents.

Because the Thompson Library takes reasonable measures to inform patrons of their legal responsibilities and to prevent violations of laws and legal agreements, and because of the undesirable effects of overly vigorous enforcement, responsibility for compliance is the user's.



The Office of Building Management and Events has adopted the following policy:

Solicitation of any kind, for any purpose, is not permitted by any group, individual, or organization on the campus of University of Michigan-Flint unless that group, individual, or organization has reserved/rented a distribution table.

Distribution tables are available at other sites on campus. Accordingly, soliciting of any kind is not permitted in the Thompson Library building.

Flyers and other notices for University-related events may be posted in designated areas, but must be approved by the library director or the director’s designate. The Thompson Library reserves the right to limit the quantity of items, their placement, and length of time for their display.

Notices for events not connected with the University will generally not be permitted. Commercial advertising (except for the campus bookstore or other campus units) is not accepted.

Revised 4/2001 
Revised 6/2003


Food and Drink

Patrons may not have open food or open drink containers in the Thompson Library. Eating is allowed only in designated faculty and staff areas, and in public areas during special events.

Revised 4/2001


The faculty and staff of the Thompson Library do not serve as proctors for examinations. Anyone who needs a proctor for an examination should contact the UM-Flint Office of Extended Learning to inquire about making arrangements.