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Policies and Guidelines

Library Access

The OWU Libraries are open to students, faculty, and staff of the university, as well as members of the general community. Please check the Hours page for up to date information on facility access.

Animals in the library

With the exception of licensed services animals, pets/animals are not allowed in the OWU Libraries. 

Additionally, a service animal must be under the control of its handler at all times. If the service animal has been deemed by library staff to pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others, it may be excluded from the premises regardless of training or certification. 

Noise and use of cell phones and in the library

Though many people come to the library expecting to find a quiet place to read and study, the OWU Libraries also strive to be hubs of collaboration conducive to group work. We create environments that cater to both those who like to study in silence as well as those who like working in a more social space.

Remember, at any time library staff reserves the right to ask patrons to leave if they are being too loud or disruptive to others in any area of the Libraries.


General Guidelines

  • Please lower the ring tone of your phone when entering the libraries. If you are working on the third level of Beeghly, turn your phone off or your ringer to silent. 
  • Be sure to turn off any alarms, etc. especially if you plan on walking away from your phone. 
  • Please use a normal speaking voice when holding conversations and be aware of the noise level around you. 
  • The library reserves the right to ask patrons to leave the building if he/she is using a cell phone in a prohibited area or disturbing others in any area of the Libraries with their conversations. 

Quiet Zones at Beeghly

Signs and flyers in Beeghly Library

Beeghly Library is a popular place to hang flyers and signs for events and other happenings on campus. However, you may not know that Beeghly has certain guidelines it must follow regarding the placement of signs and other advertising materials. Below is a list of designated spots for you to hang and display these items as well as a few other guidelines to help ensure your message will be seen by library visitors.

Designated places for hanging signs:

  • The bulletin board in the entrance of the library
  • The four-sided whiteboard in the foyer
  • The carousel on The Desk for smaller post-card sized-items
  • The bulletin boards in the basement outside of the Media Center
  • The blue bulletin-like boards

Signs will be removed if:

  • They are found anywhere other than these designated areas mentioned above
  • Sign content is out of date (e.g. event has already happened) 
  • Contains problematic subject matter (e.g. advertising of alcohol or drugs, contains hate speech)


If you would like to post information in a different spot or have a sign larger than 11" x 17", contact Circulation Manager or  the Library Director to see if other display options might be possible.

The library does not supply materials for displaying signs and flyers like tape or push pins. Please bring your own.