Library Rules and Regulations


Goldsmiths' General Regulations apply to the Library.

In addition, the following Rules and Code of Conduct during 24/7 open hours apply to the use of the Library premises and its facilities:

Library Rules

  1. All library materials must be treated with care. Any material which is lost, destroyed or damaged shall be paid for by the person responsible, at a cost determined by the Librarian.
  2. Be considerate to other Library users:
    • The Library has different zones you can use according to your study needs. These are Social Study, Individual Study, Supported Study and Silent Study. Different rules relating to mobile phone use, conversation and food/drink apply to each zone.
      Social study: the use of devices is permitted with headphones, mobile phones, conversation, food and drink are allowed. This zone is located on the Ground Floor of the Rutherford Building.
      Individual Study: the use of devices is permitted with headphones, mobile phones should be on the silent setting, drinks with lids and cold snacks are allowed, minimal conversation.
      Supported Study: the same rules as individual study apply with the following exceptions- food and drink are not permitted in the Special Collections Reading room and lecturers/support workers may discuss work with students.
      Silent Study: the use of devices is permitted with headphones, mobile phones should be on the silent setting, no food or drink or conversation is allowed.
      Smoking and the use of e-cigarettes are not permitted
      Rubbish should be deposited in the recycling bins located throughout the building.
      Aggressive and offensive behaviour will not be tolerated.
  3. If you set off the security alarm at the turnstiles, you must show any College materials in your possession.
  4. All users must adhere to copyright law when using Library materials, and must not make unauthorised copies of material in any medium. Please refer to the College's copyright information for further details.
  5. Rules for borrowing rights and charges as they apply to different categories of user are maintained on the Library web pages:

Code of Conduct for 24/7 opening

Entry and exit by Goldsmiths' swipe card only

Hot food is allowed on the Ground Floor only

No alcohol or drugs

Mobile phone conversations are permitted in the stairwells and on the Ground Floor

Rubbish - please use the recycling bins provided. 

Books and journals - put on the trolleys after use

Look after your valuables

If the fire alarm sounds, leave the building immediately, using the nearest fire exit

    The Librarian, March 2017.