Mary and Jeff Bell Library

Food and Drink Policy

In order to promote a comfortable and inclusive learning environment for all Mary and Jeff Bell Library patrons, food and drinks are allowed in certain designated areas.

The designated eating areas are the Daily Read Café room 120, any of the open areas on both the first and second floors and the group study rooms. It is expected, however, that library patrons who bring in food and drinks be respectful of others’ work spaces and clean up after themselves. The library provides many trash and recycling receptacles for the deposit of trash and recyclables. To provide an optimal environment for research and study and for library staff to do their work, all patrons must clean up after themselves.

Food and drinks are prohibited in all computer labs and around any electronic equipment. This includes the electronic resource computers, the media center, the library computer labs in rooms 109 and 216A, the Click share group study couches, the microfilm computers, all study rooms with electronic equipment and the Special Collections and Archives department. Staff members will ask patrons found with food or drinks in these areas to remove the prohibited items. If the patron does not comply, security will be called and the person's name/identification will be reported to student affairs for possible disciplinary action.


Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones are permitted in the library. It is expected, however, that people using cell phones will be respectful of others. To provide an optimal environment for research and study and for library staff to do their work, people are asked that cell phones be turned to low, that ringers be silenced (set to vibrate) and that calls be short. Lengthy calls should be made in areas where the conversation does not disturb others. These appropriate areas differ in the library because of varying architecture, locations of study spaces, service desks, and staff offices. Please honor requests for quiet and move to another location if an unintended distraction occurs. Thank you for your cooperation.


Other Forms of Disruption

The use of in-line skates, roller skates, skateboards, bicycles, and all unauthorized motorized conveyances is prohibited inside the Mary and Jeff Bell Library or outside the library along the breeze way.


Computers

Censorship is not compatible with the goals of Texas A&M -- University Corpus Christi. However, some forms of expression are not protected by the First Amendment and may be subject to censorship by the University, including obscene material, child pornography, or other violations of the law. Public display of explicit or pornographic images may violate the University policies on sexual harassment.

If potentially offending material must be viewed for educational purposes, Bell Library staff reserve the right to ask a user to move to a machine, or an area, that is less visible to the public.


Displays

General Policy:

All University employees, including library staff, who want to put up displays in the library building must get approval from the Marketing & User Engagement Department first. For more information, contacts for the department are listed below.

Library Art Exhibit Policy

  1. All Exhibits in the library must be scheduled through the Marketing/User Engagement Department. Library wall space for exhibiting includes the west walls (near the elevators) located on the first floor and the west wall on the second floor (near the elevators). At the time of scheduling the exhibitor must identify the area(s) to be used for the exhibit.
  2. Exhibitors are required to meet with the Marketing/User Engagement Department before the show goes up to discuss locations and exhibit rules.
  3. The Exhibitors are responsible for the setting up and taking down of the art shows. Shows may be set up/taken down only during regular library operating hours. The Marketing/User Engagement Department must be notified in advance of days/times for set-up and takedown.>
  4. Scheduling of glass exhibit cases, if needed, must be done through Ms. Ann Hodges, Special Collections and Archives, 361-825-2301. The exhibitor must notify the Marketing/User Engagement Department when such arrangements have been made and provide the number of cases required. Glass cases will be transported to the display location by library personnel.
  5. Permission may be obtained to have a reception during the exhibition. A detailed list of items to be served must be provided upon the request for a reception. No alcohol will be allowed. Request for a reception must be submitted in writing to the Marketing/User Engagement Department.
Contact Information:

Jennifer Anderson
Marketing/User Engagement Librarian
Library Room 113
Phone: (361) 825-3321
Email: jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu

Jeff Janko
Library Information Specialist
Phone: (361) 825-2588
Email: jeff.janko@tamucc.edu

Library Art Exhibit Rules:

  1. Exhibit space is reserved on a first-come first-served basis. Requests for reservation must be completed 30 days prior to the exhibit. Exhibitors are encouraged to make requests sooner if possible because space is limited and may be unavailable if not requested earlier.
  2. Exact dates for show must be supplied at the time of scheduling. Exhibitors may begin exhibit set-up no more than 5 days prior to the scheduled exhibit start. Exhibit set-up dates must be approved by the Marketing/User Engagement Department.
  3. All Exhibitors must complete a Library Art Exhibit Information Form prior to exhibit set-up. Exhibitors must also sign the Exhibit Policies document indicating an understanding of and an agreement to follow library exhibit requirements. Forms may be obtained from the Marketing/User Engagement Department. At the time of submission of documents, exhibit dates must be confirmed. Exhibitors may not set up exhibits without submission of required forms.
  4. Exhibitors must comply with rules related to art display.
    • No nails or other hanging devices may be used which require putting holes in the walls. Painting of walls or display panels is not allowed.
    • Additional lighting is the responsibility of the artist and must be approved by the Environmental Health and Safety Office prior to installation. Installation which requires putting holes in the walls is not permitted.
    • Artists are responsible for providing all equipment and supplies needed for installing and removing exhibits. The library does not provide hanging equipment, ladders, lights, or other items used in exhibit preparation and dismantling.
    • If using the display cases, artists must abide by the rules for use of cases (provided by the Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist).
    • Pedestals or other display platforms are not provided by the library. If needed, the artist is responsible for providing these items.
    • If exhibit space is damaged in any way, the artist is responsible for the cost of repair.
    • In all cases, safety requirements must be met. At no time can the exhibit block access to library resources and services or impede easy travel through the area.
  5. Exhibit receptions held in the library must be scheduled at the time of exhibit scheduling. All exhibits must be taken down and removed from the library within 48 hours of exhibit close. This includes the removal of artwork as well as any display platforms or additional lighting provided by the artist.
  6. The library is not responsible for any loss or damage to artwork or injury to artist and others resulting from installation, placement, public display, removal or transport of artwork.

Please click here to access the required forms needed in order to reserve exhibit space in the library. All forms must be completed, signed and returned to the Marketing/User Engagement Department at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library.

Minors in the Library

The Mary and Jeff Bell Library provides an environment for academic research in support of the academic programs offered by Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. While we are a public facility, the library does not accept responsibility for unescorted or unsupervised children. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents/guardians are responsible for the conduct of their children and must provide reasonable supervision. Any damages caused by unattended children will be charged to the parent/guardian.

Should an unescorted child be discovered, library staff will attempt to locate the parents. If a parent/guardian cannot be located, library staff will contact the University Police. Any library user who repeatedly leaves his or her children in the library will be subject to university disciplinary action.


Rooms

Cafe Policies (Room 120):

All food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed in the Daily Read Café. The Mary and Jeff Bell Library staff only ask that patrons clean up after themselves.

The Café TV remotes will be housed in the Access Services department. At the beginning of each business day, the on duty Access Services staff member will turn on the Café TV and at the end of the day the on duty Access Services staff member will turn off the Café TV. Television program selection will be the responsibility of the Access Services department.

Any electronic or technical issues with the Café TV will be referred to the Library Technology Services department.

Conference Room (Room 208):

The Library Administrative Office is responsible for scheduling the Library Conference Room (LIB208).

  • The Conference Room is reserved primarily for Library use.
  • Faculty and staff groups may reserve the Conference Room for meetings if the room is not already reserved for a library function/meeting.
  • The Conference Room is not available for regular class meetings.
  • The Conference Room is not available for use by student organizations.
  • The Library Director must approve any request for use of the Conference Room after 5:00 p.m.

Rules for Library Conference Room Use:

  • Users are expected to maintain reasonable noise levels to ensure that study on the second floor is not disrupted. Complaints regarding noise levels will be immediately reported to Conference Room user(s) by the Administrative Office.
  • Failure to return noise to non-disruptive levels will result in refusal of future reservations.
  • Users are expected to leave the Conference Room in the same state in which it was found. Users may rearrange furniture for the purposes of their meeting but must return the Conference Room to its original configuration at the close of the meeting. Users are responsible for cleaning and disposing of any trash items.
  • Use of the Library Conference Room DOES NOT include access to the Library Staff Lounge.
  • Use of the Library's multimedia equipment in Library Room 208 must be requested at time of scheduling.

Procedures for scheduling equipment usage:

  • Individual Library staff members wanting to schedule the equipment will submit a Helpdesk request themselves.
  • University staff and faculty members needing to schedule the equipment must contact the Library's Administrative Assistant at ext. 2643. The Administrative Assistant will then submit the Helpdesk request for that staff or faculty member.
  • The following information needs to be included in the request:
    • Name & telephone # of contact person
    • Date & time of event

Group Study Rooms:

The Mary and Jeff Bell Library provides a number of Group Study Rooms on the second floor for collaborative work and study. These rooms are for the exclusive use of groups and may only be checked out and used by current TAMU-CC students. They are available on a walk-in basis. The library does not reserve the rooms.

Keys to the Group Study Rooms may be borrowed from the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the Library. They can be checked out for a period of three hours.

Food and drinks are allowed in the Group Study Rooms but students must clean up after themselves.

Library Instruction Centers (Rooms 109 and 216A):

  • The Library Instruction Centers (LIB 109 and LIB 216A) are computer labs that are used by librarians in the provision of Information Literacy instruction.
  • Faculty may request information literacy instruction for their classes by contacting the Information Literacy Coordinator at extension 5905, or at Lisa.Louis@tamucc.edu
  • When the Library Instruction Centers are not being used for information literacy instruction, they are available to students as open computer labs.
  • The Library Instruction Centers are not available as general use classrooms. These rooms are not available for regular class meetings or for special sessions that do not involve information literacy instruction by a member of the professional library staff.

Rules for the use of the Library Instruction Centers:

  • All users must have established university computer accounts in order to access the workstations.
  • All users are expected to abide by university computer use and policies.
  • Community users do not have access to computers in the Library Instruction Centers.
  • Students are required to observe library food and beverage policies. No food is permitted in the labs. Beverages in covered containers must be left in the designated area outside of each lab.
  • Group work is encouraged; the Library Instruction Centers are not guaranteed quiet study areas. Users are asked to remember they are in the library and to keep noise at levels that are not disruptive to fellow users.
  • All requests for instruction must be processed through the Information Literacy Coordinator at x5905 or Lisa.Louis@tamucc.edu.
Multimedia Presentation Rooms:

Rooms 217 L-N are equipped with video cameras, 22" camera monitors, computers and Smart Boards to be used for practicing presentations and performing coursework. Accessories include a remote control, cables, and Smart Board components.

  • Multimedia Presentation Rooms are provided to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students.
  • Multimedia Presentation Rooms are available on a walk-in basis. The Media Center does not routinely allow advance room reservations.
  • Accessories will be issued when the room is checked out to the borrowing student and must be returned at the end of the session.

Media Center Viewing Rooms:

Rooms 217 D-J are equipped with playback equipment for library media materials.

  • Viewing rooms are available in the library Media Center for use by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students, faculty, and staff, to view the library's non-print collection.
  • Viewing rooms are available on a walk-in basis only, the Media Center does not reserve rooms for use.
  • Media Center viewing rooms are limited to individuals and/or small groups that must use the equipment available in those rooms to access and view the Media Center materials. For individuals/groups seeking group study space, there are group study rooms available on the second floor of the library.
  • Media Center viewing rooms are not available as testing sites or for make-up exams except when the test requires the use of Media Center materials. Media Center staff are not responsible for proctoring exams or for collecting exam materials from students.

Quiet Study Room Rules and Policies (Room 216B):

In order to provide a library environment conducive to all learning styles, the Mary and Jeff Bell Library provides the Super Quiet Study Room on the second floor room 216B. This area should be utilized by library patrons that require an unobtrusive space to study and are willing to help promote as noiseless an environment as possible for all users of the Super Quiet Study Room. Although the use of electronic devices is allowed in the Super Quiet Study Room it is important that as little noise as possible is made while using these devices.

Rules:
  • Avoid talking or working in groups in the Super Quiet Study Room.
  • Silence cell phones. Use main library open areas if you must use a cell phone.
  • Sounds from audio-visual devices including laptops, cell phones, and tablets should be restricted to user headphones and be inaudible to other patrons. Headsets may be checked out from the library circulation desk on the first floor.
  • If others are disruptive, please ask them to be quiet. If they do not cooperate, please ask for assistance from the Media Center staff located adjacent to the Super Quiet Study Room in room 217.
  • Library patrons who fail to abide by the quiet study policies will be asked to leave the quiet study area.

Special Collections and Archives

It is the responsibility of researchers to assist in the preservation of materials of Special Collections & Archives. In keeping with this responsibility, researchers are required to observe the following rules which are designed to insure the order and preservation of the materials they are using.

  1. The Rules for Use of Materials form must be signed upon entering the reading room.
  2. Briefcases, backpacks, purses, and other personal belongings must be deposited in the designated area near the registration desk.
  3. Any of the above listed items are subject to search before their removal from the reading room.
  4. No materials in Special Collections may be removed from the reading room. The stacks are closed. Everything is retrieved by staff.
  5. No ink may be used. Pencils are available at the registration desk.
  6. No marks may be made on materials, and no books or other objects may rest on items used. Do not crease the pages or damage the spine of any print item. All pages should be turned from their edge to avoid damage or creasing. Loose sheets and/or book pages must be handled by their edges to minimize contact with hands. Any photographs must be reviewed using white gloves.
  7. The order and arrangement of unbound materials must be preserved; any dis-arrangements or missing documents should be reported to the attendant in charge.
  8. Smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited in the reading room.
  9. All photocopying is done by staff members. Staff members will photocopy material when this can be done without injury to the item. The cost of copies is ten cents per page. Copies are for individual use, and may not be duplicated or deposited elsewhere without the written permission of Special Collections & Archives.
  10. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel and literary property rights which may be involved in his/her use of materials.

Student Organization and Public Postings

  • The Bell Library provides a bulletin board for approved Student Organization publications and public postings. The bulletin board is located next to the first floor staircase and may be used to post flyers. Flyers and materials regarding campus events or activities sponsored by campus groups must be approved and stamped by the University Center & Student Activities Office.
  • According to University Guidelines for Temporary Signage, all event signage for Non-University groups must be coordinated through University Outreach.
  • Publications from non-partisan groups providing public services, such as the League of Women Voters, will be included with the approval of the Marketing & User Engagement Department or designee.
  • Unapproved and outdated flyers and materials will be removed.
  • Flyers and materials found anywhere other than the designated posting area will be removed.
The Bell Library is a politically neutral building, the posting of political materials and/or any form of campaigning or soliciting will not be allowed. Political flyers or materials found anywhere in the Library will be removed.

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