Libraries & Archives

Noise, Food & Drink Policies

The St. Catherine University Libraries seek to provide an atmosphere conducive to study and research, while at the same time accommodating the needs of as many people as possible. We recognize the need our users may have to confer with classmates, and to use their electronic devices in ways that cause a minimal amount of disturbance. The Libraries’ plan for dealing with noise, food, and drink is based on common sense and a desire to be fair and civil.


Policies about Noise in the Libraries

Quiet Study Room

In St. Paul, the lower level is the designated silent study space. In Minneapolis, the carrels and tables on the north side of the library are silent study space. Talking, music, or electronic devices are not allowed in these areas.

Group Study Rooms

In Minneapolis and St. Paul, Group Study Rooms are designated rooms in which two or more can expect to study and confer without concern for bothering those around them. However, even with doors closed, excessive noise in group study rooms can bother those in the vicinity. Library staff reserves the right to quiet any group that is excessively loud.

Library Entries, Circulation Desk, & Computer Areas

These areas can be very busy, and the nature of the work performed by staff and library users often creates the need for conversation. Normal conversational levels are permitted for reference and library service purposes. Library users who prefer a quiet environment should go to other areas of the library.

Semi-Quiet Study

The remainder of the libraries, including all of the public spaces in the St. Paul lower level, are considered semi-quiet study areas. A reasonable amount and level of talking is allowed, but loud or persistent noise (whether with others or using electronic devices) is discouraged.

Electronic Device Use

Electronic Device Use in the Libraries

If users bring electronic devices to the libraries, they should be used in a manner that will not bother others. For example, phones should be set to vibrate or silent ring mode. Users listening to audio formats should use earbuds or headphones. Users should take their calls outside of the libraries.

Food & Drink

Food & Drink in the Libraries

Food and drink are allowed in the libraries. Library users should be considerate of others with regard to consumption of food and drink, and with removal/recycling of food waste. Food is not allowed at any library computers. The libraries reserve the right to limit food or drink use or types of food allowed.

(Note: the IT computer labs in the St. Catherine libraries set their own food and drink policies).

Unattended Child

Unattended Child Policy

If a child is left unattended in the Library or in the event of an emergency situation, staff will notify Public Safety.

The safety and security of children is very important and is the responsibility of the parent or adult caregiver. The St. Catherine Libraries are open to the public, a situation that can present risks to children. Staff cannot assume responsibility for children’s safety and comfort when they are unattended.

Campus facilities are designed for use by members of the campus community. The campus community includes students, faculty, staff, and sanctioned visitors. The St. Catherine University Libraries welcome children accompanying a parent or adult caregiver.

Child-friendly study spaces equipped with computers and adjacent child playrooms are available on both campuses, but not in the Libraries. In St. Paul, the student parent study room is located in 491 Coeur de Catherine. In Minneapolis, it is room 350 in the Education Building. For more information contact the Access and Success Office at 651.690.7870 in Minneapolis, or 651.690.6894 in St. Paul.

Please note:

  • A child not yet in high school must be under the supervision of an adult who assumes responsibility for him or her while in the library.
  • Parents and adults must monitor all activities and behavior of their children while they are in the library, and are responsible for any damage to property done by the child.
  • In the library, only a small number of computers allow guest logins, and children accompanied by users of the library will be restricted to those machines. The campus community has first priority for all computers in the library.

Policies approved October 12, 2012


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St. Paul Librarians

Minneapolis Librarians

Sue Gray, | 651.690.7898
Cindy Graham, | 651.690.7780