The UCSB Library seeks to provide all library patrons with a welcoming, comfortable, and safe environment to support their research, learning, and study needs. The following policies are designed to ensure that individuals and groups, collections and equipment, can all be honored and protected. All patrons are expected to respect Library facilities, other users, and staff.

Disruptive behavior of any sort is not permitted and will not be tolerated.  Library use is a privilege, not a right, and permission to use the University Library is revocable at any time.  All patrons are required to comply with directions from library staff and other University officials in the performance of their duties.  Patrons in violation of the UCSB Library Building Use & Conduct Policy may be asked to leave the building, refused future access, referred to the Office of Student Conduct or may also be subject to prosecution.

Problems, concerns or policy violations may be reported to any Library service desk. Non-urgent issues or comments may also be reported online using our Suggestion Box form.

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. This does not include emotional support animals. Unattended animals, including those outside Library buildings, are in violation of the campus policy and Santa Barbara County, Code of Ordinances. CHAPTER 7 ANIMALS AND FOWL. Article II. Restraint and Impoundment, Section 7-11 (Ordinance No.4948, Sec. 7-11). 


Bicycles may not be carried, rolled or ridden in 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, Skates, and Scooters”.

Curfew for Non-affiliates

The University’s curfew policy for non-affiliates regarding who may be on campus and when shall apply.

A non-affiliate is any person who is NOT a regularly enrolled UCSB student or currently employed faculty or staff member with valid UCSB Access Card identification.  After general open hours to the public end non-affiliates may not remain in the University Library.   Additionally, non-affiliates may not enter or otherwise remain on campus without proper authorization between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m.  (Section 924405, Education Code. Reference: Section 92440.5, Education Code).

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 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

Note: While masks are required in the building, food is not allowed. Drinks are allowed, but masks must be worn between sips.

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.
  • Use designated trash and recycle bins.
  • Cooking or heating of foods and beverages of any kind is prohibited in all public spaces.
  • Alcohol is prohibited in the Library except during events approved and sponsored by the Library.
  • Alcohol consumption by anyone under the age of 21 is prohibited at all times.

Group Study Rooms

Group Study Rooms are available throughout the library and are for UCSB students, faculty and staff of 2 or more with reservations.  Reservations may be made online 2 weeks in advance and for up to 2 hour periods per day at the Group Study Room Reservation System noted below.  Group Study Spaces may not be used for instruction, office hours, or other standing meetings. 


The University of California prohibits the use, possession, charging, or storage of hoverboards in any of its buildings, including the UCSB University Library.


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 quiet study spaces, group and collaborative study areas, and public services areas.  Please be considerate of others.   Floors 5-8 and the Graduate Study Rooms are designated as quiet study areas. 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 limit cell phone use and video conferencing to areas where you will not disturb others.  Cell phone conversations and video conferencing are not allowed in quiet study areas.  

Visitors who bring strong body odors or other strong odors into the Library may be asked to leave.

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, and Scooters

Skateboards, skates, and scooters 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”.


Library areas may not be used for prolonged sleeping or as living quarters.  Furniture arrangements designed for sleeping are not permitted.  UCSB Student Health Services offers assistance for students in need of housing and shelter through its Social Work Services division.

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, vaping devices, and unregulated products is not allowed on any UC-owned or leased properties.  California state law prohibits smoking inside a public building or in an area within 20 feet of a main exit, entrance, or operable window of a public building.  The Library strictly complies with these laws and regulations  

To report areas where you repeatedly see smoking, tobacco, or nicotine use, please use the Anonymous Reporting Tool.

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/distributing literature and setting up tables within the building or near its entrances/landings/stairs are prohibited. See UCSB Campus Regulations for information about areas on campus where these activities are permitted, and the rules governing them.

Space Use & Reservation

Space in the UC Santa Barbara Library is primarily intended to deliver academic research collections, services, programs and study space to the University, as well as for Library sponsored or co-sponsored events. Use by others for non-Library events remains limited. The UCSB Library is able to make one room available (Instruction & Training Room 1312) for occasional use to currently affiliated campus groups to hold meetings, workshops, small conferences, special events, or other functions. These rooms are not available for standing meetings, regularly-scheduled class sessions, or recurring events and series. In order to keep the rooms available for multiple purposes and organizations, each organization is limited to two bookings per quarter. Representatives of UCSB departments and offices are eligible to reserve the Library’s available room. This room cannot be reserved for personal use or for use by current student groups or alumni groups.

Unattended Personal Belongings

For safety and security reasons please do not leave personal belongings unattended.  If discovered such belongings may be routed to Lost & Found at the UCSB Police Department or disposed of as appropriate.  The Library is not responsible for any loss or damage to personal property.

Related Policies:

University of California Policies

UCSB Campus Regulations and Policies

Library Policies

Federal  Policies


Policy Last Updated:  15 June 2017