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Library Use Statement

The Auraria Library supports the academic missions of the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Colorado Denver by providing resources and services to enhance the education, research, learning, and administrative objectives of the academic community. The Auraria Library also allows community members not affiliated with the three Auraria institutions to use its resources so long as such use is consistent with the Library’s mission.

Violations to this policy should be reported to Auraria Library staff or security, or to the Auraria Police Department.

User Conduct Guidelines

All users of the Auraria Library are expected to behave in a manner that promotes the full use, operation, and enjoyment of the Library’s resources and facilities. No one may engage in conduct that interferes with another’s ability or right to timely use and benefit from the Library’s resources and facilities.

Users of the Auraria Library may expect:

An environment that is welcoming, respectful, and safe.

All users should feel welcome and safe when using the Auraria Library. Everyone is encouraged to use the restroom that best suits their gender identity. Any activity that impedes or excludes others from using Library facilities, materials or resources as intended are prohibited. Examples include:

An orderly space that allows freedom to explore public areas to find suitable spaces and resources.

To provide for the safety of all users and promote the ability to utilize the space, free ingress and egress of public spaces must be maintained. Any behaviors that impede the ability of users to move through the space are prohibited. Examples include:

  • Blocking aisles or passageways, preventing other users from movement through the space
  • Bringing bicycles or other conveyances into the Library
  • Bringing bedrolls, sleeping bags, trash bags, shopping carts, or large bags into the Library
  • Leaving personal items unattended

A clean and comfortable facility.

The Auraria Library strives to create clean and comfortable spaces for our users. Behaviors that contribute to an unclean facility or undue wear are prohibited. Examples include:

  • Use of tobacco or e-cigarettes in the Library, including courtyards
  • Use of furniture or facilities in ways which may cause damage or unreasonable wear
  • Failure to place food waste and trash in an appropriate receptacle
  • Odors that constitute a nuisance to others
  • Inappropriate use of restrooms including bathing, laundering, or loitering
  • Distribution of fliers, handbills, or other marketing materials
  • Not wearing shoes or a shirt
  • Bringing animals inside the Library, with the exception of service animals or animals authorized by Library staff

A mix of spaces to facilitate both quiet and collaborative study, free from disruptive activity.

The Library provides areas for both quiet and collaborative study. Please respect intended uses of spaces so that all users know what sort of environment to expect when they choose a study location. Disruptive behaviors include:

  • Creating noises that others find distracting
  • Talking on a cell phone on the 2nd floor
  • Soliciting, selling, petitioning, or panhandling
  • Sleeping

Confidential access to library materials that are complete and acceptable condition.

The Library is committed to providing our users with access to the materials that they need. Behaviors that impede this access are prohibited. Examples include:

  • Removal of Library materials without checkout (bags are subject to search if alarm is activated)
  • Any activities that are intended to interfere with or disrupt computer networks, library services, or equipment.
  • Unauthorized video or photo shoots (see the Auraria Library Filming and Photography Policy)


Anyone who violates this policy will be asked to cease the behavior and/or leave the Library. If these guidelines are violated and requests to comply are disregarded, staff members are instructed to contact the Auraria Police Department. If further action is necessary, the established disciplinary procedures of the user’s parent institution will be followed. For non-affiliated users, any further action will follow the procedures established by the University of Colorado Denver.

Student Codes of Conduct:

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