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Policies - Indianapolis

Food and Drink in the Library

Small snack food items are permitted if it is an item consumed by the individual bringing it in and if that individual is seated at a table or carrel. Spill proof (screw top) drink containers are allowed in the library and at computers. Other covered drink containers are allowed at tables and/or study carrels. No food is permitted at the computers. Click here for specific snacks allowed.

Food deliveries to the library are not allowed. Orders through DoorDash, GrubHub, Eber Eats, etc... will be denied by staff. If an order is placed, a pick-up spot outside the LRC should be determined and the food consumed elsewhere on campus where it is appropriate.

Cell Phones

Cell phones should be turned off or put on vibrate. Hold cell phone conversations only in designated cell phone areas.

Study Rooms

Group study rooms may be available for use by an individual or a group of students. Study rooms are checked out for a four-hour period and renewals are at the discretion of the library staff.  All people in the group are considered one "check out".  By checking out a study room you are agreeing to all posted policies.  Click here for a complete list of group study room policies.

Lawrence Campus Quiet Reflection Room

Use of this space requires tolerance of all faiths, spiritual beliefs, and practices.  So that all enter this space with common expectations, here are guidelines to help ensure a peaceful and safe experience for all.
  • Use is restricted to the purposes of personal reflection, meditation, or prayer.
  • No sleeping is permitted.
  • This space is only available to Ivy Tech students, faculty, or staff.
  • No candles, incense burning or other smoke, fume, fragrance or flame-inducing elements are allowed.
  • The space is open to all people affiliated with Ivy Tech during operating hours of the Lawrence Library.
  • Noise, including conversation, music, singing or audible chanting, is prohibited and efforts should be taken to keep all sound to the strictest minimum.
  • Any form of solicitation is prohibited.
  • Use of electronic devices is prohibited.  Please turn off your phone before entering and do not text.
  • No food is permitted in the room.
  • Please limit your stay to 30 minutes if others are waiting.
  • Violation of these requirements may result in banning of individuals from the space.

Children in the Library

Children under 15 years old are not allowed in instructional areas. Minors at least 15 years old can use the Library unsupervised. I.D. may be required. Click here for the complete Children in Library policy.

Library Card


Students should have their Ivy Tech Student ID to check out.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff should have Ivy Tech photo ID or Ivy Tech name badge.

  • Any student, faculty or staff who do not have their library card may use their driver’s license (or Indiana state ID) plus their C number.  They need both.
  • The 1st time the C number is obtained each semester, it must be taken off of the student’s current schedule and noted in the ILS.

Community Patrons

Indiana citizens who are not employees of Ivy Tech or registered as Ivy Tech students may use the libraries as Community Patrons.  Citizens who wish to check items out of the library may apply for a Library Card.  A Community Patron Library Card is valid for one (1) year and is renewable.

To apply for or renew a Community Patron Library Card, you must present the following:

  • A current Indiana driver's license or current Indiana state ID, and 
  • One piece of business mail with your name and address printed on it (ex.: current utility bill)

View the full policy here - Community Patron Policies

Guest Students

Any student enrolled at another college but taking classes at IVY TECH may use their "home" college ID plus their C-number from their current Ivy Tech Schedule of Classes to check out books.

If their "home" college ID card does not have a barcode to scan into WorkFlows, just use their C-number from their current Ivy Tech Schedule of Classes.  (Ask student to show you their schedule from their phone, a computer, or a print-out).

Guest Students will be able to have the same rights as other Ivy Tech students.

Items Left in the Library

Locking the computer or leaving items at a computer station does not reserve the computer or station.  Personal items left at computer stations will be given to Lost and Found.

The library is not responsible for personal items left in the library.

Items of value that are discovered left in the library or turned in to the front desk will be turned over to Campus Security/Lost and Found.

Accessibility & Disabilities Accommodation

Library facilities are ADA compliant.

Several computers in the library have ZoomText Magnification and Screen Reading software with large printed keycaps on the keyboard. Ask library staff about the designated Zoom Text computers.

For more information contact Ivy Tech Disabilities Support Services.

Service animals 'that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities' are allowed in the library. Animals that are 'out of control and where the handler does not take effective action to control it' or those that 'are not housebroken' will not be allowed to stay in the library. ADA states that a service animal must be under the control of its handler and harnessed, leashed or tethered unless the handler's disability prevents using these devices.

Are emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals considered service animals under the ADA?

A. No.  These terms are used to describe animals that provide comfort just by being with a person.  Because they have not been trained to perform a specific job or task, they do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.  Neither the ADA nor Indiana's service animal law includes pets or what some people call "emotional support animals": animals that provide a sense of safety, companionship, and comfort to those with psychiatric or emotional disabilities or conditions. Although these animals often have therapeutic benefits, they are not individually trained to perform specific tasks for their handlers. Under the ADA and Indiana law, owners of public accommodations are not required to allow emotional support animals, only service animals.

For a complete review of the ADA stipulations about service animals refer to the ADA website


Security Gate Alarm

In order to keep the library collection secure, the libraries have Security gates.  If the Security gates at the library are triggered to sound when someone walks through, the library patron is required to stop.

Library staff have probable cause to ask the patron to empty their bag to determine what triggered the gate alarm.


If library staff becomes aware of prohibited behaviors, appropriate action will be taken. The sanction, if any, will be determined by the Director of Libraries, the Assistant Library Director or librarian on duty.

Sanctions may include:

  • Being asked to modify your behavior.
  • Being asked to leave the library premises.
  • Being reported to Security, as appropriate.
  • Being reported to Judicial Affairs Office.
  • Community Users may be banned from the Library.