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SSHEL Policies

SSHEL Policies

The Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) follows all University and University Library policies, which are linked in full below. The policies listed here are those most commonly asked about by patrons, and some may apply only to this library location.


Food, Drink, and Tobacco

Food and drink in Library facilities may pose a threat to Library collections. Food is prohibited from Library facilities, except in designated areas (e.g., staff lounges, retail service areas).Non-alcoholic drinks are allowed in spill-proof, covered, plastic or metal containers. Smoking and chewing tobacco are prohibited. See full Patron Conduct Policy.


Disruptive Behavior

Behavior that disrupts other patrons is not acceptable in the library. Excessive noise, prohibited food, drinks, or tobacco use, overt sexual behavior, or other disruptive conduct may cause Library staff to take appropriate action to remedy disruptive behavior, including, if necessary, notifying Library Security and/or the University of Illinois Police. See full Patron Conduct Policy.


Cell Phones and Other Mobile Devices

To keep the environment conducive for research and study, please turn cell phones to silent or vibrate. Conversations may be conducted in the Marshall Gallery to avoid bothering other patrons. Please be courteous.


Use of Electrical Outlets

Electrical outlets provided in Library public service spaces, including study carrels, may be used to power approved devices, including laptop computers, devices loaned to users by the Library, and other mobile devices. They may not be used for powering small appliances, e.g., coffee pots, or any other electrical device that may pose a hazard to Library equipment, facilities, and collections, e.g., space heaters. Electrical cords and power strips attached to approved devices may not be draped across aisles, or arranged in any fashion that constitutes a personal hazard or that obstructs the use of identified emergency exits and/or fire doors. Library patrons may not unplug Library equipment, e.g., copiers, workstations, or other peripherals, in order to access an outlet for personal use.


Lost and Unattended Items

SSHEL cannot be responsible for patrons’ belongings. Do not leave items unattended. Articles turned into the lost and found may be claimed with a valid ID and/or full description of the item.


Access to SSHEL

The library is open to all visitors during operating hours.


Unattended Children

The safety of children in libraries is of paramount concern. Library staff may not assume responsibility for children. The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of children left unattended in any Library facility. Children under the age of 11 may not be left unattended by parents or guardians for any period of time.  Library staff will take appropriate action upon discovering unattended children, including, but not limited to:

  • contacting parents;
  • contacting Library Security;
  • contacting the University of Illinois Police; and/or
  • contacting appropriate juvenile authorities in the Champaign-Urbana community.


Library Cards

To borrow materials, you must show a valid identification card. The following forms of ID are accepted: current University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign I-Card, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library Courtesy Borrowing Card, current ID card from another I-Share Member Library, and University Laboratory High School ID Card Identification cards. Unless the cardholder is a proxy for another patron, cards may only be used for transactions of the cardholder. ID’s not mentioned above, such as drivers’ licenses or passports, are not valid library ID cards. See ID Policy.


Furniture and Space Considerations

SSHEL is available for patron use. We understand that it may be necessary to move chairs for group work; please be courteous to others, and return all furniture to original locations after use. Do not move furniture from one room of the library to another. Patrons may not block walkways. Patrons may not sit or lie on the floor.


Additional Information about Library and University Policies