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Private information will not be released by library staff without the explicit consent of the patron of concern. The Library Resource Centre will comply with the appropriate provisions under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.


Children cannot be left unattended in the library and are subject to the same rules and regulations as all library patrons.


Computers available in the Library Resource Centre for student use are subject to the St. Clair College Acceptable Use Policy.

Disruptive Behaviour

Disruptive and inappropriate behaviour is subject to the application of the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Noise must be kept to a minimum in the library to ensure that patrons who wish to work in a quiet environment are not disturbed. Any high noise levels, use of inappropriate language, or other behaviours which interfere with a patron's ability to work quietly are not permitted. Noisy or inappropriate behaviour may result in a warning from library staff. Repeated warnings may result in a patron being asked to leave the Library Resource Centre. More serious incidents may result in a patron being automatically asked to leave without a prior warning or security being called as a first step.

Food and Beverages

In order to provide a clean, comfortable and productive work environment, and to preserve library materials, equipment and furnishings, some food and drink are restricted in the library.

The Library Resource Centre permits certain food and drink in the library, with the exception of computer stations, printers, and photocopiers.

The following food and drink are permitted:

  • Drinks with lids
  • Snack foods such as muffins, cookies, fruit and granola bars

The following food and drink are NOT permitted:

  • Open drink containers with no lids
  • Foods that require utensils
  • Hot foods that are excessively messy. Examples would include pizza, soup, poutine, and burgers
  • Loud snack foods [chip bags]

As a courtesy to others, please dispose of your trash and clean up your work area before you leave. In case of an accident, such as a coffee spill, please notify library staff.

The library staff reserves the right to determine which food items and drink containers are acceptable and will respond to complaints about inappropriate food. Students may be asked to leave until their meals are done.

Printing and Photocopying

The Library Resource Centre complies with all applicable copyright laws and the St. Clair College copyright policy. Patrons are responsible for their own printing and photocopying and they are responsible for ensuring that their copying/printing complies with Canadian copyright laws. Change for photocopiers is not provided.

Electronic Devices

Electronic devices including, but not limited to, cellphones, smartphones, tablets, and music devices are permitted, provided they are used in compliance with the Library Resource Centre rules on Disruptive Behaviour. Patrons talking on their devices or listening to music at audible levels will be asked to quiet their devices or leave the library.

Theft and Vandalism

All incidences of theft or vandalism in the library will be reported to college security by the person who experienced the theft/vandalism. Incidences of theft or vandalism of college property and library materials within the library will be reported to college security by library staff.

Patrons are responsible for their own personal items and Library Resource Centre staff cannot be responsible for these items under any circumstances.

Group Study Rooms

Group study rooms are intended for groups of students who require a space to collaborate and study together. As such, room bookings are restricted to students from September to June. Faculty may reserve rooms along with students during the July-August period.

Rooms may be reserved for two hours/day/group. Students and staff must use a valid St. Clair College email to book a study room online. Bookings are cancelled if the room is not occupied within ten minutes of the booking start time. Personal items left in a room do not constitute occupation of the room and they will be removed by library staff to accommodate other groups which may book the room.

Conversation noise levels are acceptable but must not reach a level that disturbs patrons outside of the room.

Library staff reserves the right to determine misuse of study rooms and remove students as necessary.