These guidelines cover services provided in the HCC libraries and electronic resource centers. Please contact the librarian or circulation staff on duty with questions or concerns. You may also use our online comment form.
The HCC Libraries provide services that support Houston Community College students, faculty, and staff. We ask for your cooperation in maintaining an environment in which all library customers can use and enjoy the Library’s resources, services, and facilities. All students, faculty, staff, and community members using the libraries are responsible for behaving in a manner conducive to a healthy library environment.
In a manner consistent with these goals and the HCC Student Code of Conduct, each student shall be charged with notice and knowledge of, and shall be required to comply with, the contents and provisions of the College’s policies, procedures, handbooks, rules and regulations concerning student conduct, which also include regulations concerning public health procedures. All students shall obey the law, show respect for properly constituted authority, and observe correct standards of conduct. Failure to abide by these expectations may lead to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion. Students are reminded that in HCC libraries they are expected to follow the Eagle Honor Code, including the following provisions which apply to behavior in the library:
All HCC employees are expected to comport themselves at all times in a manner consistent with the standards set forth in Board Policy DH (Local) and its accompanying regulations. The expectations of community member behavior will be consistent with the behavior expected of HCC’s students, faculty, and staff. Any library user or guest who disrupts the library or has violated any of the rules of the library may be asked to leave, removed from the library, subject to disciplinary action (up to and including expulsion or termination of employment), or arrested by HCC Police, as permitted by law. Severe offenses may result in exclusion from all HCC facilities, resources and services.
Librarians and library staff will not tolerate disorderly behavior on the part of library users that disrupts library services. Failure to comply with directives given by College District personnel and failure to provide identification when requested to do so by College District personnel shall be prohibited.
As described in HCC’s Student Code of Conduct and Board Policy FLB (Local), Disorderly Conduct includes but is not limited to the following:
In addition to Disorderly Conduct, the libraries prohibit the following behaviors.
For more information on behavioral expectations at HCC, please see HCC’s Board Policy manual and Student Code of Conduct. In the event that there is a conflict between these Library Guidelines and Procedures and the law, HCC Board Policy, and any system-wide handbook, the law, Board Policy, or system-wide handbook shall control, in that order.
As stated in HCC Board Policy GDA (Local), Minors and relatives requiring special care shall not be permitted on College District property unless they are directly supervised by a parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult. Minors and relatives of College District employees requiring special care shall not be allowed in College District work areas. Minors and relatives of enrolled students requiring special care shall not be permitted in classrooms unless they are invited by the classroom instructor for instructional purposes.
Relatives requiring special care shall mean any person connected with another by blood or affinity that requires continuous health or medical-related assistance due to a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition. The parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult must be present at all times whenever the minor or relative is on College District property. These requirements shall not apply to minors enrolled in courses or to minors participating in College District-sponsored events or activities.
The College District shall not be responsible for the care and supervision of minors or relatives of employees or enrolled students and shall not be liable for any injury or harm to minors or relatives that result from the negligence of care by the responsible party.
The primary goal of the HCC Libraries provide services that support Houston Community College students, faculty, and staff. HCC provides visitors access to HCC libraries within specified guidelines in order to ensure priority access for HCC students and employees. These guidelines supplement, but do replace any applicable HCC Board Policies and state and federal laws.
HCC Students, Faculty, Staff or affiliated institutions can check out a group study rooms for 2 hours.
Group study rooms are for groups of 2 or more.
Group study rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. No advanced reservations.
Library directors or their designees can consider requests that do not meet the group study room guidelines.
Each Library reserves the right to request ID verification of HCC student status.