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Patron Code of Conduct

Biddle Law Library primarily serves the faculty, students, and staff of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and it is a private facility. Biddle also serves the public as a Federal Depository Library. The library strives to provide collections, facilities, and services that support the scholarly mission of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. To foster an environment conducive to study and research, all users are expected to abide by the library’s policies and guidelines, including the following:

  • Under the library’s access policy, the library grants temporary and revocable access privileges to certain groups of users. It is the responsibility of visitors to provide credentials to prove that they meet the access criteria.
  • Upon each entry, approved visitors must provide valid photo identification, sign the entrance log at the law school guard’s desk, and demonstrate that they meet access criteria.
  • Disruptive behavior is detrimental to the library’s mission and to staff and patron safety and can result in immediate forfeiture of library privileges.
  • Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:
  • Failing or refusing to sign in and show proper credentials each time the library is entered;
  • Abusing, threatening, or intimidating library staff or patrons through language or actions;
  • Disturbing students or staff by unwanted advances, questioning, or solicitation of legal advice;
  • Exhibiting signs of drunkenness or other substance abuse.

Persons who violate any one of these policies may lose their privileges to use the Biddle Law Library, may be removed by University Police, may be subject to University of Pennsylvania disciplinary actions, and/or be subject to criminal prosecution or other legal action, as appropriate.