Policies: Building and Facilities

Assigned Studies

The Library does not assign study rooms to students. The rooms remain open for use on a “first come, first serve” basis. 30 lockers are available in the link if students have a lot of study materials to store for a project. These lockers are assigned at the beginning of each semester.

Four locked study rooms – 407, 408, 416, 417 – have been set aside for use by faculty. These rooms remain locked at all times. Faculty who are interested in a study room should contact the Provost’s office. The faculty approved for study rooms receive their keys and a written copy of the Policy for Provost Guest Studies from the Library’s Office Manager. Faculty may access these studies during open library hours only. When the term of use is complete, Faculty members must return their keys to the Library Office.

Emergency Closings

Information on campus closings will be found by contacting 651-696-6397 (696-NEWS).

Locked Study Rooms Assigned to Faculty

Four locked study rooms – 407, 408, 416, 417 – have been set aside for use by faculty. These rooms remain locked at all times. Faculty who are interested in a study room should contact the Provost’s office. The faculty approved for study rooms receive their keys and a written copy of the Policy for Provost Guest Studies from the Library’s Office Manager. Faculty may access these studies anytime during open library hours only. When the term of use is complete, Faculty members must return their keys to the Library Office.

Lockers

Current Macalester students may check out a locker in the link for one semester at a time. Priority will be given to students living off campus, students working on honors projects, and students having other special needs. Otherwise it is first come, first served. Locker sign up is advertised in the Daily Piper during the first two weeks of classes until filled.

Microform Printers & Charges

We have a microform machine that allows anyone to email or download a file free of charge. Students, faculty, and staff may print pages from microfilm at no charge. Guests may print pages for $.10 per copy, payable at the Service Desk.

Printing & Photocopy Charges

There is no printing charge for students. Guests may request to print at a computer located at the Service Desk. The cost of printing is $0.10 per printed side and can be paid in cash at the Service Desk

Public copiers are available on the first floor of the library. Current photocopy rates are $0.10 per page. Students may use their Mac Money to pay at the copier. Campus guests may borrow a copy card from the Service desk and can pay for copies in cash.

Poster Policy for the Link

The following guidelines refer to the space between the Library and Old Main Hall, called “The Link.” Due to the nature of the space, consisting mostly of windows, it requires a variation of the campus guidelines for posting on campus. For more information on the campus policy for posting, please navigate to https://bit.ly/2RSLQUq.

  • Members of the college community must include their name, organization name, or department, and a phone number and/or email address on any document, poster, or sign that they post in The Link for events. It is recommended to also include event time, date, location, and sponsor.
  • Postings in The Link can be no larger than 4 feet by 4 feet.
  • Posters will be removed from The Link on a weekly basis, usually on Mondays. All posters collected at this time will be recycled and/or disposed of. If parties would like their posters/banners back, they must be removed before Monday at 7 a.m..
  • All publications are subject to applicable Federal and Minnesota state laws.

Special Events

Food and beverages are permitted in library meeting areas for library and campus functions if the event has been given prior approval by the members of the Library Events Committee. All food and drink are to be consumed within the confines of the designated space. Hosts for the event are responsible for the clean up and removal of all leftover food and beverages.

Staffing During Severe Weather

The College policy on offering services during emergencies is stated in the Staff Handbook under Emergency Procedures. The Library is identified as an essential building/function which should remain open if the College closes. It is essential that Circulation services be offered when the Library is open during severe weather; it is preferable but not essential that other public services, such as Research Help and Periodicals services, be offered; it is not essential for Technical Services to be staffed.

Library hours will be as close to normal as possible given the emergency conditions and availability of staff. The Library Director and Public Services Team Leader will jointly determine library hours.

If unusual conditions exist and the College does not declare an emergency closing, the Library will give top priority to maintaining hours and services, especially public services. However, under no conditions will the library staff be expected to take personal risks to report to work.

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