Code of conduct

Our code of conduct outlines user responsibilities that help create a library environment we can all enjoy.

Everyone is entitled to use Swinburne Library services and collections and to enjoy an environment conducive to study and research.

You have a responsibility under the Libraries Regulations 2012 to help staff ensure the library is a great place to meet, learn and study.

What’s expected

Follow the guidelines for behaviour to create a great library experience for everybody.

When you use the library facilities, equipment and/or resources:

  • You must not damage, vandalise, hide, or steal library materials or property.

When you use library computing equipment and resources:

  • You must not install unauthorised software, or alter software (such as changing program setups) on library computers.
  • You must not use Library computing facilities for purposes other than legitimate educational, research and administrative purposes of Swinburne University of Technology.
  • You must not breach any licence terms or conditions of software, or other resources installed or used on library computers.
  • You must not access inappropriate web sites, obscene material, or make reproductions that infringe intellectual property laws such as copyright.
  • You must not refuse to vacate computer workstations once bookings have expired.
  • You must not behave in a loud and disruptive manner that upsets other users.

The use of Library computing facilities is governed by Information Technology (IT) Systems Acceptable Use Policy.

You must not disrupt research or study or interfere with the use of the library.

  • Do not create excessive noise or rowdiness, or participate in anti-social and offensive behaviour.
  • Do not participate in loud conversations in non-designated group study areas.
  • Do not intimidate and harass Library staff or other library users.
  • Do not talk on mobile phones in designated quiet study areas.

You must not create an unhealthy or unpleasant environment.

  • Do not smoke, consume alcohol, or use illegal substances in the Library.
  • Do not consume food or drink in non-designated areas of the library.
  • Do not drop litter the library; use the rubbish bins provided.
  • Do  not refuse to leave the library at closing time or during an emergency evacuation.

Library users are required to comply with all applicable laws, policies and rules.

Avoid penalties

Failure to observe rules and this Code of Conduct may lead to eviction from the library, or withdrawal of Library privileges. Legal action may also be taken in cases of unlawful activity.