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General Library Policies

User Responsibilities and Ethics

Edith Garland Dupré Library is open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Library materials must be shared and preserved for the benefit of the entire community of library users. Library patrons must respect the rights of the other persons in the Library.

The Library enforces the following rules:

  • No loud talking (noise levels apply)
  • No audio from personal media devices
  • No smoking or vaping
  • No pets—only service animals allowed
  • No bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards or scooters
  • No organized groups without permission from the Dean's Office
  • No food or drinks in the U.S. Government Documents Collection

Failure to comply with reasonable policies may result in suspension or cancellation of library privileges. For more information, view the Library's Policies & Procedures.


Visitors may use the Library's books, periodicals, online databases and other materials onsite for general and research purposes, providing use does not conflict with the Library's primary responsibility to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette community. Users of Federal government information resources will be provided services comparable to those for primary patrons.

For more information, view Visitor Information.

Information Technology, Computers, and Electronic Resources

Library patrons are expected to comply with the University's technology policies on the use of computers and network resources. Refer any questions about these policies to the University Office of Information Technology.

Database Use

  • Electronic databases are limited to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette authorized users (students, faculty, and staff). Users attempting to access library databases both on and off-campus will be required to log in with their ULID and password. Users must follow 'Fair Use' as outlined in U.S. Copyright Law and provisions of license agreements with individual providers. Online database material obtained must be used for personal, non-commercial purposes. Improper use generally includes, but is not limited to, utilizing robots/auto crawlers, downloading entire eJournals, printing numerous copies of a single article, or publishing articles made available through the databases. Unauthorized use of Dupré Library databases and other electronic resources can result in revocation of access.
  • Users of Federal government information resources will be provided services comparable to those for primary patrons.
  • For more information, view the Use of Electronic Resources by Visitors.

Wireless Network

  • University Office of Network Services provides wireless connectivity on the main campus, including throughout Dupré Library.
  • Primary users of the wireless network are current students, faculty, and staff of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a ULID and password, although guest registration is allowed.
  • Users should follow these instructions to connect to the network:
    • Open your device's Wireless Connection Settings
    • Choose the University's network
    • A web browser should automatically launch
    • Follow the steps listed to register your device
  • For more detailed instructions, refer to the University IT Service Desk's "Connecting to the Campus Network," which contains more information with screenshots.
  • Find more information about the wireless network available in the Library.

Disability Services

Students with disabilities have access to library resources. Dupré Library complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990).

  • Equipment for the visually impaired is on the 1st floor adjacent to the STEP Lab.
  • The Reference Desk can assist in locating books and services within the Library.
  • The Library website employs the web accessibility's guidelines provided by the University Web Style Guide.

The Office of Disability Services provides additional services on campus.

Vandalism & Mutilation of Library Resources

The Library building, the equipment, furniture, and the Library's collections are resources owned by the State of Louisiana. Dupré Library will handle theft, vandalism, and mutilation of State property according to the State of Louisiana laws and according to the Code of Student Conduct and Appeal Procedures.

A copy of the Code of Student Conduct and Appeal Procedures is available on the University's Student Affairs Division.

[ Last Revised on September 4, 2019 ]