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Policies - Indianapolis

Community Patrons

Community patrons are to conduct themselves with the same expected behavior as any student. i.e., "in a mature, dignified, and honorable manner" according to the The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities outlines the expectations for student conduct. Any activity that violates local, state or federal law or ignores common standards of honesty, privacy and decency is also a violation of this policy. Students are bound by this college policy and it is the expectation that other patrons will also abide by it.

All community patrons shall:

  • Use email, Internet, and computer resources appropriately according to college policies
  • Obey all applicable college policies and laws of the local, state and federal government as outlined in the Ivy Tech Community College Acceptable Use Policy
  • Comply with other posted library policies (e.g., noise, computer use, etc.)
  • Respond to emergency and security gate alarms and other situations as instructed by staff, and leave the building at closing
  • Respect other patrons of campus libraries.
  • Respect the material and resources of the Internet. Not intentionally access, transmit, copy, or create material that violates the school's code of conduct (including but not limited to material that is offensive, obscene, harassing, insulting or otherwise abusive or discriminatory) whether in language or meaning.
  • Not intentionally access, transmit, copy or create material that is illegal or further other acts that are criminal or violate the College's Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Maintain quiet behavior including limiting noise level of audio equipment, conversations, and generally behaving in a manner which shall not disturb other persons, including unwanted or inappropriate touching; unwanted or inappropriate advances; harassment or indecent exposure.
  • Talk on cell phones only in designated areas, the front airlock area or the tutor center hallway at NMC library and the hallway at the Fairbanks library.
  • Refrain from using the library to vend, peddle, solicit, petition or post or distribute materials without permission.
  • Be mindful of the cultural sensitivities of others while using the computer so as not to provoke reaction or offense
  • Use restroom facilities solely for their intended purposes.
  • Bring only drinks with a spill-proof lid and avoid bringing food into the computer areas
  • Comply with college smoking/tobacco, alcohol, and drug use policies (page 15 of Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities).

Community patrons shall not:

  • Misappropriate, misuse, damage, steal, or obstruct use of library equipment, resources or facilities.
  • Remove or attempt to remove library materials, equipment or property without proper checkout or other official library authorization.
  • Maliciously access, alter, delete, damage or destroy any computer system, network computer program or data.
  • Fail to adhere to copyright laws, including systematically downloading, printing, or disseminating content from college library-licensed electronic resources in violation of copyright laws.
  • Intentionally access pornographic, graphically violent, hateful, or other offensive material (as deemed by librarians) regardless of others' sensitivities.
  • Display, distribute, scan, or print pornographic or potentially offensive material that may be in violation of federal and/or Indiana laws, or Ivy Tech's anti-harassment policies. Examples of such laws include the laws pertaining to obscenity and child pornography. In the library's public computer areas, viewing sexually explicit materials is prohibited.
  • Enter the building without a shirt or other covering of their upper bodies or without shoes or other footwear.
  • Bring animals in the building, except guide/assisting dogs.


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.
  • Having library resource checkout privileges suspended or revoked.
  • Being banned from Ivy Tech Library.
  • Requesting assistance from campus police, as appropriate.
  • Legal prosecution.
  • Any Community Patron with an account balance of $10 or more will have their library and computer privileges suspended until the balance is below the $10 limit.

Community Patron Computer Pass Policy

Members of the public are entitled to use computers as long as they have a valid Community Patron Computer Pass and abide by all computing and network policies of Ivy Tech Library and Ivy Tech Community College (page 11 of Code of Conduct). Community patrons 15 years old or older may obtain a Computer pass by presenting an Indiana government issued picture ID. This pass is valid for use only on the day of issue.  The ID contains an Ivy Tech computer ID and passphrase which is nontransferable.
The purpose of this document is to address rules and conduct expectations for community patron computer users in the Central Indiana Ivy Tech libraries and other computers on campus. Access to and use of college computer resources is an educational opportunity which is a privilege, not a right, extended by Ivy Tech Community College to community patrons.

Computing resources may not be used for any purpose which is illegal, immoral, unethical, academically dishonest as in plagiarizing or cheating, damaging to the reputation of the college, inconsistent with the mission of the college, or likely to subject the college to liability as determined solely by the college.

Because campus computers are publicly accessible, the college will not guarantee a right to privacy when they are used. The college may monitor and access information for investigative and/or administrative purposes and may take administrative action in response to any violation or this policy, applicable administrative regulation, or other law. 

The Library reserves the right to impose time limits on computer use, to restrict use of computers with special software or database access, and to give preference to Ivy Tech students, faculty and staff.  Because the primary purpose of the library is to serve students, availability of computers for community users will be subject to student demand and use. When 80% of the computers are in use, the library staff will ask all users NOT doing academic work to log off so that students may have first priority. The library staff reserves the right to restrict community patrons' usage during peak student usage times, such as certain hours of the day or times in the semester such as finals week.

Community Patron Library Card Policy

A Community Patron Library Card is required to check out library materials. 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 Indiana state ID, and 
  • One piece of business mail with your name and address printed on it (ex.: current utility bill)

Check Out Policy

  • Community Patrons with a Library Card may check out 2 items at a time.
  • General books and magazines = 2 weeks.
  • Reference books can only be used in the library.
  • Interlibrary loan, DVDs, reserve textbooks and study rooms are exclusively for Ivy Tech student use.
  • Overdue fines are as follows:
    • General books and magazines = $3 for the first month, $5 after 30 days.
    • Lost or heavily damaged books = replacement costs plus $5 non-refundable processing fee.