Library Policies

Children in the Library

The Library welcomes children who are accompanied by adults who accept responsibility for the child's welfare, safety and behavior. We regret that any adult whose child under their supervision misbehaves, is disruptive and/or destructive may be asked to leave the library to accommodate the constructive operation of the library for the benefit of other users.

Children or adolescents, under the age of 18, with no university affiliation, must be supervised by a parent or guardian when using public workstations. Library personnel may request identification to verify the age and university affiliation of any unaccompanied young person.

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The Library's Circulation Policies webpage lists information about who may borrow library materials, how long materials may be borrowed, what fines are charged for overdue, lost, or damaged materials, how to obtain materials the CSU library does not own, and more.

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CSU Chat

Use instant messaging to chat with CSU librarians to answer general reference questions. For more information see the Chat Policies webpage.

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Email Reference

Reference assistance is available via email to Charleston Southern University students, faculty, and staff in need of brief factual answers or assistance in getting started on library research. For more information see the Ask A Librarian Email Reference Service webpage.

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Faculty Handbook

Additional policies specific to faculty usage of the CSU Library are listed in the Library's Faculty Handbook.

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Meetings in the South Carolina Room

The use of the South Carolina Room as a meeting space is restricted to students, employees, and departments of Charleston Southern University. Reservations must be made during regular business hours, 8:00am to 5:00pm by calling (843) 863-7938.

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Privacy of Library Records

The L. Mendel Rivers Library at Charleston Southern University observes South Carolina and United States laws, including FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), regarding the confidentiality and disclosure of personal information contained in library records. Circulation and patron registration records, reference inquiries, Internet searches, and interlibrary loan requests are considered confidential records.

The U.S. Patriot Act of 2001 expanded the scope of inquiries by law enforcement personnel into library records, but the privacy rights for CSU faculty, staff, students, and library users from other institutions has not changed.

If a law enforcement officer should request personal information from library records, the following procedure should be followed. The librarian, staff member, or student employee receiving the request should not disclose any information and should refer the law officer to the Chief Information Officer of the University. In the absence of the Chief Information Officer, the Vice-President for Business Affairs will address privacy policy issues.

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Software Purchasing

Due to the constraints of copyright and intellectual property law, the CSU Library does not purchase software for circulation which requires installation, registration or per user licensing. Due to support constraints, the Library does not purchase or install specialized software on Library computers.

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Student Group Study Rooms

The Library has several student group study rooms available on the second floor overlooking the Reflection Pond. The Student Group Study Room Policies webpage lists information about who may use student group study rooms, policies for using the study rooms, hours available, and sign-in/out procedures.

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