Library Policies

These policies are intended to support an atmosphere conducive to study and research. Policies protect library users, the collection, and the facility and are aligned with the mission of Indiana Tech. New or updated policies are at the discretion of the library director.

General policies

Refer to the following for information on the library’s general policies. If you have any questions please contact us at mcmillen@indianatech.edu.

Food and drink

Food is not allowed in the library. Only screw-top beverage bottles and cups with secure lids are allowed within the library. These containers are less likely to spill. If a spill should occur, the user is liable for any damages.

Noise

Please be considerate of other library users by keeping noise to a minimum. Active learning and conversation are appropriate.

Cell phones

Please silence your cell phone while inside the library. If you need to make or receive a call while inside the library, please move to an area that will be less distracting to others.

Headphones

Please bring your headphones to access audio/video resources. You may also check out headphones with your ID Card. Keep the volume to a minimum so as not to disturb others.

Library Phone

Library Circulation and Reference phones are not for public usage. Due to the widespread usage of cell phones and other mobile devices, staff and faculty can only conduct Indiana Tech business via the facility phones. This also includes office phones.

Library Study Rooms

Study Rooms on the first floor of the library are dedicated to student, faculty and staff use. Users must show INDIANA TECH ID at the service desk to use rooms. Rooms are available for a maximum two hour time slot or a minimum 30 minute time slot. Study Rooms may be reserved 24 hours in advance. Reservations for these rooms may be renewed for an additional two hours if the room has not been reserved by another student, faculty member or staff person. Maximum number of users is four persons. If 10 minutes late, the room request will be cancelled. Users must leave the room and depart 10 minutes before the closing of the library.

Personal property

Protect your personal property from theft or damage. Do not leave laptops, mobile devices, bags, and any other articles of value unattended.

Running, skating, sport equipment, and similar activities

Please refrain from these activities. While in the library, carry your skateboard, in-line skates, or collapsible scooter. Do not place these items where they obstruct pathways, corridors, or stairways.

Stairways

Due to safety and fire regulations, do not linger or sit on stairways.

Children

For their safety and well-being, all children/minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must behave so as not to disrupt library users. If disruptive, you and the minor will be asked to leave the library. Minors do not have access to the library computers.

Pets

With the exception of trained assistance or guide dogs, animals are not allowed in the library.

Posters and flyers

McMillen Library reserves the right to monitor the distribution and placement of materials within or outside of the building. Approval is needed from the library director and/or the Student Life Office.

Identification cards

Your valid ID card allows you to print, scan, and email from the copier. It is also needed for all library business. For safety reasons, on occasion university staff may also request to see a library user’s identification.

Infraction cards

Library users must adhere to the Code for Student Life and university regulations and policies stated in Techniques, the student handbook. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated in the library, regardless of whether it is directed toward other students, faculty, staff, or community users. This includes university behavior, academic issues (copyright violation and plagiarism), technology, and employment as outlined by the above policies. Library staff can issue Infraction Cards and file incident reports.

Facility usage

McMillen Library will require an INDIANA TECH ID to a) enter the 2nd level b) access computers and c) check out all materials. The second floor doorway will be locked at all times. Students, Faculty and Staff must use the ID Scanner to enter.

McMillen Library Guests (non-Indiana Tech users) have visitor access to the facility via the 1st level entrance. Guests must show a government-issued ID to use the two public access computer kiosks located on the first floor. Computer sign-up is done at the Dr. Jerald & Carol Peterson Welcome Center. Those guests interested in additional services such as checking out materials, must complete a Library Guest Application Form.  This form can be obtained by contacting the Library Staff and will require approval by the Library Director.

Picture-taking, filming, or videotaping on library premises must have the approval of the library director and/or the university marketing department.

Technology policies

McMillen Library users should be guided by the Information Technology’s Campus Computing Acceptable Use Policy. Indiana Tech’s students, faculty, and staff have priority access to networked computers in the McMillen Library.

Computer sign-up will be done at both Service Desks. All users must show their INDIANA TECH ID to access the computers located on the second floor.  All circulating materials, including headphones and mobile devices, will also require an INDIANA TECH ID for check-out.

When others are waiting, computer users must limit their time at the terminal to 45 minutes.

Other resources

Online databases, electronic books and other digital information are provided to assist library users in their legitimate pursuits of education and research.

Only students, faculty and staff of Indiana Tech have access to subscription databases and electronic books. Our licenses and contractual agreements with vendors prohibit use to all others including alumni and community visitors.