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

The Building Use Guidelines exists to ensure that the Campus Libraries’ facilities provide a safe, pleasant, and productive environment for study and research. By enforcing college guidelines for behaviour and equipment use, and by designating building space into noise zones for either “silent”, “quiet” or “group” study purposes, the Campus Libraries recognize and support a wide range of learning activities.

The Guidelines

The Building Use Guidelines supports the Durham College Library Policy and complies with the college’s Student Conduct policy. To ensure an effective environment for study and research, and to respect the rights of all library users, library users 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 behaviour which interferes with the normal use of any library is not acceptable. Examples of inappropriate behaviour include rowdiness, noise, prolonged conversations, abusive behaviour, loitering and obstruction of facilities or access, distributing pamphlets or other materials, or soliciting for financial donations.
  • Refraining from bringing food into, eating, or 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 college’s Acceptable Use of Information Technology policy.
  • Sharing facilities with other users including 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 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 (except in designated areas, or with 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 zones in the libraries to accommodate differing types of learning needs with their associated levels of noise.

Green zone areas

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

Green zone areas are intended for social learning and group discussion is encouraged. Cell phones may be used in the vestibule, lobby, enclosed stairwells, and group study rooms of the North Oshawa Library.

Yellow zone areas

  • North Oshawa Library: main stairwell, the study hall and Reading Room on the second floor and the study hall and Reading Room on the third floor
  • Whitby Campus Library: throughout the library

Yellow zone areas are intended for quiet study and research. Conversations in these areas should be quiet and brief, 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.

Red zone areas

  • North Oshawa Library: The fourth floor, Silent Study Room (LIB330)

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Whitby Campus Library is designated as a yellow zone area. Posters indicating all zones and permitted behaviour are posted in high traffic areas of the North Oshawa Library.

What do I do if someone is violating a posted zone?

Begin by politely reminding the other user(s) that their behaviour is not in keeping with the designated use of the space. Library and security staff also monitor noise levels and building use on a regular basis and will respond to direct 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.


Any Library service desk or Access Services Manager, North Oshawa Library 905.721.8668 ext. 2967