Building Policies

Food and Beverages

Food and beverages are allowed in most areas of the Library. However, in accordance with campus policy they ARE NOT PERMITTED at computer workstations in the Library. Spilled items can damage equipment. People violating this policy will be asked to stow open food and/or drink or take it elsewhere to finish. Food and beverages are also not permitted in the Archives & Area Research Center on the 7th floor.


The Library, like all University buildings, is smoke-free to comply with State of Wisconsin law. Smoking is permitted outside of the building.

Disruptive Behavior

Library users are reminded to be thoughtful of others who are studying or doing research. Conversations away from public service areas and group study rooms should be non-disruptive. You may report disturbances to the Circulation Desk on third floor. Quiet study space is available on the 5th floor of the Library.

Cell Phones

Please silence your cell phones while in the Library. Cell phones should be used in lobby areas only.

Children in the Library

All children under the age of 15 must be accompanied and directly supervised by an adult while in Cofrin Library. The limited exceptions are: (a) children under the age of 15 who are currently affiliated with a UWGB program as reflected in University records and (b) children who identify the need to use the Federal depository materials (see below). Unescorted children will be required to leave the premises. Access to, or use of, the internet by minor children is solely the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.

Safety Concerns

  • Cofrin Library is open to the public, which may put a child at serious risk from strangers.
  • Cofrin Library is an academic research library with unfiltered internet access. This unedited access to the internet may not be in a child’s best interest.
  • Library staff cannot be responsible for children’s safety and comfort, especially in an emergency.
  • If an unattended child is injured or becomes ill while in the Library, staff does not know the parent/caregiver to contact in an emergency and cannot authorize medical care for the child.
  • If a child wishes to leave the Library, or leaves with a stranger, staff cannot legally detain the child, even if the parent has told the child to remain within the Library in the parent’s absence.

Federal Depository Library Materials Use

To accommodate the legal use of Federal depository materials in Cofrin Library, any unaccompanied child under 15 who self-identifies the need to access Federal depository materials for research will receive mediated searching assistance from library staff to identify and make available this material.