Old Dominion University Libraries

Policies & Procedures
Policies & Procedures


General Library Use

The services and resources of the Perry Library are primarily intended for academic use by the Old Dominion University community in an atmosphere conducive to research and study.  Members of the Old Dominion University community have first priority to access and use of the facilities, resources and services of the Library.

Behavior and noise that is disruptive to those using Perry Library for legitimate reasons is not acceptable.  In order to maintain a scholastic environment, the Library may require that children and young adults sixteen and younger be in the company of and under the immediate supervision of an adult.  ODU subscribes to the GPO depository access guidelines.

At the discretion of a library staff member, unsupervised children and young adults who are disturbing other library users will be reported to the Office of Public Safety for removal from the building.

Cell Phone Usage in the Library

  • In order to provide an optimum environment for using the Library, we ask that you turn off cell phones, audible pagers and similar devices when entering the library.
  • If it is necessary to conduct a cell phone conversation, we ask that you do so away from study and research areas, preferably in the front lobby area or outside.
  • Please respect others by keeping conversations at low levels.
  • If such calls disturb other patrons, you will be asked to leave the library for the duration of the call.

Food/Drink in the Library

  • Drinks are permitted in plastic, covered, spill-proof containers such as sipper cups and sports bottles. Drink containers not permitted include: aluminum cans, glass bottles, Styrofoam and paper cups.
  • Food is not permitted in library public areas, study rooms, or stacks areas.
  • All library users and staff should comply with the library food and drink policy.

Confidentiality of Library Records

The Old Dominion University Libraries maintain the confidentiality of all library borrowing records and of all other information relating to an individual's use of the library's resources and services.

This policy is in accordance with § 2.2-3705(A)(3) and (10) and §2.2-3806(A)(2) and (3) of the Code of Virginia, which addresses the confidentiality of and access rights to library records, with the Old Dominion University 's Student Handbook's "Students Rights and Freedoms," and with the Association of College and Research Libraries statement on "Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries."

Except as provided below, the Old Dominion University Libraries may release an individual's library information only to that individual, to another individual with the prior written consent of the individual concerned, or under a lawfully issued subpoena or court order.  The concerned individual and/or the individual obtaining the information must provide proof of identity.  All correspondence and other communications to library patrons will protect the privacy of their library records.

Library information includes, but is not limited to, an individual's circulation records, address and other registration information, reference or informational questions asked and participation in library-sponsored classes or programs.

Within the Library and the University, access to such information will be restricted to authorized personnel for authorized reasons, as determined by the University Librarian or his/her designated representative.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures

When the fire alarms sound in the library building:

  • The building is to be evacuated as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Patrons will exit through the emergency stairways on the four corners of the building. The front and back stairways are not considered emergency exits. However if people do use those steps to exit, they are not to be stopped. People should also be directed out the front door if that is the closest exit.
  • Handicapped patrons should be directed to go into the stairwells of the emergency exits and then security or police should be alerted to their location for assistance.
  • Police and/or security will advise staff when it is safe to return to the building.