Cell Phones

The Library's goal is to provide an environment that supports scholarship, research, and study. The use of cell phones in the Library is often distracting to others. Therefore, we request that cell phones be placed in a silent mode while in the building.

Use of cell phones is permitted in the first floor lobby area between the north and west entrances.

Circulation and Loan Policies

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Internet and Computer Use

The Library's policies regarding computers and the internet have been developed to assist patrons in the appropriate use of network technology, through the use of university-owned computing resources. The use of University resources to access information on the internet and to support campus e-mail is a privilege for students, employees, or guests of the University.

The Library recognizes the internet as a global information resource. While the Library offers links to a wide range of selected web sites through its home page, all internet sites are accessible, and some may contain inaccurate, controversial, and even offensive material. Full access to all internet sites is permitted to encourage Library users to explore information technology and to assess the potential use of computing and networking in pursuit of knowledge. The valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweighs the possibility that users may access material that is inconsistent with the goals of the Library. The Library does not monitor, and has no control over, the information accessed through the internet and cannot be held responsible for the content of other web sites. Parents or legal guardians of minors are responsible for monitoring the library activities of their children.

Users of workstations are in a public building and are expected to show consideration for others. Any user exhibiting disruptive or harassing behavior may be subject to revocation of computer and/or Library access privileges or to removal or arrest by law enforcement officials. University students or employees engaging in disruptive or harassing behavior may be subject to additional University disciplinary action.

The Library provides computers to facilitate users' access to electronic information. The primary purpose of the computer workstations is for Library-related research. Users accessing the workstations for academic purposes have priority, and that priority is given to electronic database users. Users web browsing will be asked to relinquish a computer if other users are waiting to use a computer to access electronic databases.

Use of the public internet workstations should comply with all aspects of UAB policies and procedures. Examples of inappropriate use include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • violation of computer system integrity;
  • unauthorized tampering with computer hardware or software;
  • violation of software license agreements and copyright laws;
  • violation of another user's privacy;
  • use of sounds or visuals which might be disruptive to others.

Illegal acts involving Library computing resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.

Unattended Children

The Library provides an unsupervised environment for the purpose of academic research and scholarship in support of the academic programs of UAB. This environment is not intended to provide Library staff to support unattended or unsupervised children.

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian. Parents and guardians are responsible for the conduct of their children while on Library premises and must provide reasonable supervision of their children.

Should an unattended or unsupervised child be discovered, the staff will try to locate or telephone the parent or guardian. If the parent or guardian is not located, a staff member may contact the UAB Police Department to report the situation of an unattended child and/or seek assistance with such children.

Access to Electronic Resources

The Library's electronic databases and journals may be accessed from any computer on the UAB campus.

UAB students, faculty and staff may access the electronic databases and journals from any computer in the world. A BlazerID is required.

Most of the Library's electronic resources are provided by publishers whose policies restrict remote access to current UAB students and employees. The Library is obliged to abide by the publishers' policies. The Library cannot offer remote access to UAB alumni or to students not currently enrolled in a class.

The following guests may use Library computers to access electronic databases and journals, the internet, and Microsoft Office:

  • Faculty, staff, and students from other colleges and universities with current college or university-issued photo IDs or proof of enrollment. If ID does not show an expiration date, guests will be required to verify enrollment or employment online.
  • UAB National Alumni Society members with current membership cards
  • Anyone with a valid Sterne Library Courtesy card.

Using Library databases and online resources is restricted off campus to those with active BlazerIDs and passwords (faculty, staff, and students). Other users including Alumni Society members and those with Sterne Library courtesy cards must access Library resources from inside the Library with a password obtained at the Sterne HUB service desk. Guest passwords expire each day at 10:00 p.m.

Room Policies

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