In order to protect Library materials, services, and facilities, and to provide a safe space conducive to research, learning, and quiet study, the following policies apply in all Library public areas.  “Library” in the context of this policy refers to the UCSB Library, the Music Library, and all off-site library facilities.

Library users are encouraged to contact library employees during regular hours, or campus CSOs during Overnight & Late Night Study hours, regarding questions about building use, and library staff will take necessary actions. 

Users in violation of the Library Building Use Policy may be asked to leave the building and refused future access.  Such persons may be subject to warning, suspension, prosecution, requests for restitution, civil fines, and/or criminal penalties.  Permission to use the Library is revocable at any time.

All other University policies not listed are also enforced. 


Alcohol is prohibited in the Library except for events approved and sponsored by the Library.  Alcohol consumption by anyone under the age of 21 is prohibited at all times.


The only animals allowed in the Library are those trained to assist persons with disabilities, as defined by the U.S. Department of Justice, ADA Requirements for Service Animals. Unattended animals, including those outside Library buildings are in violation of the campus policy and Santa Barbara County, Code of Ordinances -- Chaper 7 - Animals and Fowl, Article II -Restraint and Impoundment, Section 7-11 (Ordinance No. 2580 § 3), and will be subject to removal.


Bicycles may not be brought into the Library under any circumstances.  All bicycles must be parked in designated bicycle racks.  Failure to comply with these regulations is considered a violation of UCSB Bike/Skateboard Rules and Regulations.  See also “Skateboards, Roller or Inline Skates, and Scooters”.

Defacing or Damaging Library Materials and Equipment

Defacing or damaging materials such as books, periodicals, pamphlets, microforms, audiovisuals, furniture, or equipment is prohibited. Such acts may be construed as vandalism and violate UCSB Policy 5506 and UCSB Policy 5250 and California Education Code, Section 19910-19911.

Disruptive Behavior (See Noise and Disruptive Behavior)

Film, Videography and Photography

Library users or employees may not be filmed or photographed without their knowledge and consent. 

Food and Drink

Food and drink are allowed in most parts of Library except where otherwise posted.  To help keep the Library clean, please follow these rules. 

  • Keep food and drink away from Library materials and equipment.
  • Drinks must have lids.
  • Please use designated trash and recycle bins.
  • Alcohol is prohibited in the Library except for events approved and sponsored by the Library.
  • Alcohol consumption by anyone under the age of 21 is prohibited at all times.


Loitering in or near Library buildings is prohibited and is in violation of California Penal Code, Section 647h.

Misuse of Library Furniture, Equipment, and Facilities

Misuse or defacement of library furniture and facilities is forbidden. Such acts may be construed as vandalism and are in violation of California Penal Code, Section 594 et seq. and UCSB Policy 5506.

Noise and Disruptive Behavior

The Library has a combination of quiet study spaces, group and collaborative study areas, and public services areas.  Please be considerate of other library users.  If you are looking for quiet, use the designated quiet study floors and areas.  In the Main Library these include floors 5-8 and the Graduate Study Rooms.  Quiet areas in the Music Library are marked with signs. 

Note that even if you are using earphones, your electronic device may be loud enough to disrupt others.  Please use cell phones and video conferencing in areas where you will not disturb others.  Cell phone conversations and video conferencing are not allowed in quiet study areas. 

Disruptive behavior of any kind, including loud conversations in designated quiet areas, excessive noise, or harassment of other library users and staff is prohibited. This behavior may be in violation of California Penal Code, Sections 415 and 415.5. 

Skateboards, Skates, Scooters, and Hoverboards

Skateboards, skates, scooters, and hoverboards may be brought into the Library, but may not be ridden or used in the building or near the Library entrances.  They must be stored out of the way of traffic when in the building.  Assistive devices for persons with disabilities or injuries are exempt.  See also “Bicycles”.

Smoking, Tobacco, and e-Cigarettes

On January 1, 2014, UCSB became an entirely smoke-free and tobacco-free campus.

Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and unregulated products is not allowed on any UC-owned or leased properties.  The Library strictly complies with this regulation.  See: UCSB Smoking and Tobacco Policy and California Government Code, Section 7597.1.

Soliciting and Posting

Soliciting for donations, sales, petition signatures, and the like is not allowed in the Library and may be in violation of California Penal Code, Sections 647c or 626.6.

Posting or placing signs or flyers and setting up tables within the building or near its entrance are prohibited without prior approval from the Library. Approval is at the discretion of the Library, and generally will not be granted for non-UCSB events.  For more information and the approval request form, see the Library Public Space Policy

Related Policies:

University of California Policies

UCSB Campus Regulations and Policies

Library Policies

Federal  Policies


Policy Last Updated:  25 March 2014