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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Building Use Guidelines

Rationale

The Building Use Guidelines specifies appropriate use of the Campus Libraries’ facilities and technology, and designates areas of the libraries as intended for either quiet or collaborative study purposes.

The Building Use Guidelines exist to ensure that our spaces provide a safe, pleasant, and productive environment for study and research. By designating library building spaces into noise zones for “silent”, “quiet”, or “group” study purposes and enforcing university guidelines for behaviour and technology use, the Campus Libraries recognize and support a wide range of learning activities. 

The Guidelines

The Building Use Guidelines support the Library Policy and comply with the university's Student Conduct Policy. To ensure an effective environment for study and research, and to respect the rights of all Library users, you are asked to observe the following code of behaviour when in the libraries.

Appropriate Behaviour in the Libraries

  • Treating all members of the Library community with respect. Disturbance or inappropriate behaviour is not acceptable. Examples of inappropriate behaviour include rowdiness, noise, abusive behaviour, loitering and obstruction of facilities or access, distributing pamphlets or other materials, or soliciting for financial donations.
  • Refraining from smoking in any Library.
  • Practicing proper cell phone etiquette (turn ringers off, hold conversations in designated areas only, conduct conversations in low tones).
  • Using Library computing resources responsibly to support teaching, learning and research, in accordance with the university's Technology Use Policy
  • Refraining from “seat holding” (i.e. leaving possessions in a seat and not occupying the seat). Materials left unattended may be removed after 30 minutes. The Library is not responsible for the loss of, or damage to, items left unattended or removed.
  • Using Library materials and equipment with care and refraining from marking or damaging resources.
  • Disposing of personal garbage or recycling in the appropriate containers.
  • Exiting the building promptly at closing time and during emergency situations or drills.
  • Refraining from posting of notices (without prior approval from Library staff).
  • Ensuring all doors to enclosed stairwells, classrooms and study rooms are closed when in use.
  • Showing consideration for other users by respecting the designation of noise and food zones in the libraries to accommodate different types of learning needs.

Green zone areas: SOCIAL STUDY

  • North Oshawa Library: The first floor, enclosed group study rooms, printer rooms, and enclosed stairwells

Green zone areas are intended for social learning and quiet group discussion is encouraged. Cell phones may be used in the vestibule, lobby, enclosed stairwells, and group study rooms. Hot food, snack food and lidded beverages are allowed on the first floor of the North Oshawa Library. Snack food and lidded beverages are permitted in enclosed Group Study Rooms.

Yellow zone areas: QUIET STUDY

  • North Oshawa Library: The main stairwell, the study hall and the Fireside Reading Room on the second floor, and the study hall and the Fireside Reading Room on the third floor
  • Social Science and Education Library: The main room of the Library

Yellow zone areas are intended for quiet study and research. Low-volume conversations are permitted. Cell phone use is not permitted. Headphones may be used; however, noise from headphones must not be audible to others. Laptop computers may be used with any audio features turned off. Snack food and lidded beverages are allowed in all yellow zone areas.

Red zone areas: SILENT STUDY

  • North Oshawa Library: The fourth floor Silent Study Room (LIB330) 
  • Social Science and Education Library: The Quiet Study Room

Red zone areas are intended for private study and research. Conversations are not permitted in these areas and cell phone use is not permitted. Headphones may be used; however, noise from headphones must not be audible to others. Laptop computers may be used with any audio features turned off. Lidded beverages are permitted in red zone areas; food is not allowed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know which areas of the Library buildings are zoned green, yellow, or red?

Posters indicating all zones and permitted behaviour are posted in high traffic areas of the North Oshawa Library. The Social Science and Education Library Quiet Room is a red zone, while all other areas are posted as yellow zones.

How do I report disruptions or issues?

Approach Library or security staff at the Service Desk to inform them of the issue. Library and security staff also monitor noise levels and building use on a regular basis and will respond to user complaints.

What happens if I violate the posted zone or other guidelines?

Violations will result in escalating actions from verbal warnings to police intervention as deemed necessary under university protocols.

Contact

  • North Oshawa Library: Access Services Manager 905.721.8668 ext. 2967
  • Social Science, Humanities, and Education Library: Librarian, Social Sciences & Humanities 905.721.8668 ext. 5651
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