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Library Usage Policy

National University Library Conditions of Use Policy

The following conditions apply to using the National University Library's electronic resources. To ensure the legal use of these resources, please read and comply with these conditions.  

User Rights 

Access a scholarly environment free from discrimination, intimidation, and harassment.  

Access adequate and appropriate material and information relevant to completing scholarly goals and degrees. Should the National University library not have needed or desired items, patrons have the right to use Interlibrary Loan services, which will make all reasonable attempts to collect and share that information  

Request and receive timely assistance from library employees in maintaining a scholarly environment.  

Expect library employees to take concerns seriously and try to preserve or restore a scholarly environment.  

Appeal decisions about library policies with Library Administration by sending an email request to  

Licensing Restrictions  

The National University Library subscribes to various databases, full-text journal collections, and other resources and services. Licensing restrictions required by publishers and vendors who produce electronic resources or services require limiting access to the resources and services to authorized users.  

Violation of the terms of the license agreements could result in the cancelation of the service for the entire University.  

Authorized Users  

Authorized users are currently registered National University students, faculty, staff, and alumni (restricted use – see below). Remote access to resources is limited to authorized users. The University is required to restrict access to authorized users by verifying usernames and passwords, or by restricting access to IP (internet protocol) addresses on the University's server.  

Giving unauthorized users access to usernames, passwords, or other identifying information violates the publisher-library agreements and may result in disciplinary or legal action. Redistribution of copyrighted electronic resources to unauthorized users, including printouts, is prohibited. National University reserves the right to terminate electronic services to users who infringe upon the rights of copyright owners.  

Alumni Access  

National University alumni are permitted access to certain databases approved by the University. Database access is available on the Library's Alumni Library Resources and Services page.  Alumni may not use databases for business or commercial purposes.  

Policy Updated 9/8/23

Library Code of conduct

code of conduct

The following Code of Conduct is intended to ensure a respectful and productive academic research and discussion environment. Such an environment is characterized by respect for the rights of others and respect for the Libraries' resources and staff. The Library is committed to providing quality services and resources within an environment conducive to intellectual pursuits. We aspire to remove barriers to access to create social justice and a path toward a more productive life for our students.   

National University personnel, students, alumni, and vendors are expected to abide by all rules and regulations published by the University and agree to be subject to disciplinary actions as described in the General Catalog. Library users are expected to conduct themselves professionally and treat Library staff members courteously and respectfully.   

Code of Conduct Violations  

All members of the University community who become aware of violations of the Code of Conduct have a responsibility to report them to the appropriate authority.   

Academic Misconduct  

The following behaviors are prohibited:  

  • Failure to adhere to copyright laws and principles of fair use.   

  • Dishonesty, cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation or furnishing false information, forgery, or misuse of academic or administrative materials.  

  • Expecting the Library staff members to conduct research for you.  

  • Any other violations of the University’s Academic Integrity Policy.   

Violations of an academic nature will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct using the Academic Misconduct Referral Form.   

Behavioral Misconduct  

The following behaviors are prohibited:  

  • Conduct, in speech, written communication, or behavior, that is disrespectful or unprofessional racist, sexist, ageist, or that is otherwise prejudicial against a particular community or social group.  

  • Conduct that is disorderly, lewd, lascivious, indecent, sexually abusive, or otherwise inappropriate.  

  • Harassment, stalking, humiliation, name-calling, the use of insulting or offensive language, cyber-bullying, threatening communications, abuse, and intimidation.  

  • Disruption or obstruction of the normal operations of the Library and University, including unauthorized use of any of the University’s services, informational or material properties, digital systems, and resources.  

  • Failure to cooperate with Library staff members, consult suggested resources when advised, or monopolize staff members’ time.   

If an individual does not adhere to the above Code of Conduct policies, we reserve the right to refuse service.   

For minor violations of an interpersonal nature, the appropriate authority is the relevant Director or member of the Senior Leadership Team. For violations, including intimidation or sexual harassment, the violation must be reported to the Chief of Human Resources and/or the President.  

Violations of a behavioral nature will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct using the Behavioral Misconduct Referral Form.

Policy Updated 9/8/23