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Access & privileges

The University Libraries are intended primarily for the use of currently enrolled Seton Hall University students and currently employed faculty, administrators and staff. Others, such as Seton Hall University alumni, visiting scholars who are currently sponsored by an academic or administrative division, and public visitors, may also have access to the collections.

General Conditions for Access

  • Patrons must check out Library items in order to take them out of the Library. If a door alarm sounds, they must return to the Circulation desk to make sure all items have been desensitized.
  • A valid SHU ID card or a visitor's pass, to be worn after guests sign the University Library Visitor's Book, must be available and/or visible for presentation to a member of the University Public Safety and/or to University Libraries personnel.
  • Persons using the University Libraries may be under video surveillance.
  • Persons using the University Libraries must not create a disturbance or exhibit behavior that interferes in any manner with normal, or other person's, use of the University Libraries.
  • Persons who bring minor children with them into the University Libraries must closely supervise them and remain with them at all times.

Access Policy to the Federal Depository Library Collection

In conformance with Title 44, U.S. Code, Chapter 19, which provides the laws governing the Federal Depository Library Program, U.S. Government information in the University Library is "available for the free use of the general public."

As outlined in Federal Depository Library Legal Requirements the University Library policy as applied to the general public includes:

  • access to the Library and to its Federal Depository Collection
  • adherence "to the same standards of behavior expected of other library patrons"
  • free use of Depository publications disseminated through the Federal Depository Library Program in paper, microform, and/or electronic formats, including CD-ROMS, DVDs and the Internet
  • free use of a computer workstation for the purpose of accessing Government information
  • guidance on the use of Government resources as provided on the Library’s Federal Government information Libguide
  • reference service regarding the use of all Federal Government publications during the Library’s reference desk hours


Seton Hall University students who do not comply with the policies outlined above may be asked to leave the University Libraries, and an incident report will be filed with the Dean for Community Development; in addition, the student may be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities.

Persons other than current students whose behavior is not consistent with the policy outlined above may be asked to leave the University Libraries, may be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities and subject to arrest, and may be barred from using the University Libraries for a given period.


A person who is barred from using the University Libraries for any reason may appeal to the Dean of University Libraries for the reinstatement of privileges.

Revised June 19, 2013


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