Library policies & access


We want the library to be a welcoming space for everyone! Here are some tips when using our buildings, services, and other resources.

Access services and spaces

Our primary mission is to support the UA community, so some services and resources are available only to UA students, faculty, and staff. Community members can borrow materials by purchasing a community user card.

Learn more about who can access library spaces and services.


We provide access to research materials and services through reasonable accommodations, such as readily accessible adaptive technology and software, special equipment, and personal assistance. Learn more about our accessibility services and resources

Ask us

Need help finding materials or using library resources? We can help you at any Ask Us desk or by phone, email, or chat. See our email and chat reference policies. 

Building access

During public hours our libraries and collections are open to everyone. UA affiliates can use their CatCard to access some library buildings during late night hours. Children under age 15 need to be accompanied by an adult except when using government documents. See access policies.

Code of Conduct

The library is safe space where everyone can work free of disruptive, threatening, and illegal behavior. Check out our code of conduct.

Collections principles & policies

See our policies for:

Computer use

We have computers available for UA affiliates at each library location. Community users can also use public computers. See computer access and use policies.

Copyright policy

We apply Creative Commons licenses to our content when possible. The University of Arizona Libraries CC BY License allows anyone to share and adapt that content as long as proper attribution is given and the license terms are followed. For information about what is covered by the CC BY license, as well as general exceptions, see the University of Arizona Libraries CC BY copyright policy.

Display of materials

UA groups, organizations, and departments are welcome to post flyers on designated bulletin boards at the Health Sciences Library. Please post only one copy and do not post political or fundraising materials.

Donation of materials

See our materials donation policy. Please contact one of our librarians if you have questions.

Food & drink

You don't need to starve when working in the library! You are welcome to bring snacks and drinks—just be careful to keep library materials and furniture clean. See our code of conduct for food/drink policies.


Need to stash your stuff when you are on campus? UA students can use short-term lockers on the third floor of the Main Library (but please, no food or drinks). Do not leave materials overnight—lockers will be cleared periodically. We aren't responsible for any lost or damaged property stored in lockers.


Your privacy is important to us. Read our privacy statement.

Quiet floors

Most library areas are fine for conversations and cell phones (just use your inside voice). But if you are looking for quiet space head to one of the quiet study floors.

Smoking & vaping

In compliance with campus policy, smoking and vaping are not allowed in any part of any library building.

Select University policies

CatCard policies

UA computing policies

UA nondiscrimination and anti-harassment policy

UA student policies & procedures, including codes of conduct

WiFi policies