LIBRARY POLICIES: VISITORS AND GUEST USERS
The mission of Kalamazoo College Information Services is
"to provide and promote the services and resources necessary
to meet the present and future scholarly, information, and
instructional needs of our students, faculty, and staff, and
insofar as possible, to share these resources with the broader
The Kalamazoo College Library is a private library that supports
the needs of current students, faculty, and staff of the College,
and shares its resources with the Kalamazoo community by extending
some privileges to the public (alumni, emeriti faculty, friends of
the College, and patrons of
MeLCat Visiting Patron Service libraries).
The Upjohn Library Commons welcomes visitors to use library
materials from our print and microfilm collections and to
request information. The Library reserves the right to restrict
any individual from entering the Library or from using any of
its materials, equipment, facilities or services.
All borrowers must have a valid Kalamazoo College identification card,
or a valid identification card from a
MeLCat participating library that uses the MeLCat Visiting Patron Service.
Area residents are welcome to consult the library's print materials.
See our Circulation Policies
for more information.
The Library has two self-service photocopiers and one microform
reader-printer for use by all patrons. All photocopiers accept cash. Photocopies cost 10¢ per page. There is no charge for printing microfilm articles.
The copyright law of the United States
(Title 17, United States Code)
governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions
of copyrighted material. Library patrons copying any materials
on Library copy machines are solely responsible for using
the materials in compliance with copyright law.
The computers in Upjohn Library Commons are provided for use
by current Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff.
The Kalamazoo College Library allows the public to use two guest
computers near the Reference Desk on the first floor to conduct
research when they are not in use by current members of the
College community. Visitors must abide by the
Information Services Policies on
and Prohibited Uses, and may be asked to relinquish their workstation at any time.
Visitors should limit their computer use to 30 minutes.
Please see the Information Services
Access for Campus Visitors.
Dedicated computer stations outside the elevators on
the second and third floors provide access to the
Ariadne library catalog for all users.
Guest computer users are not able to print.
Off-Campus Access to Licensed Resources
The Kalamazoo College Library subscribes to many online indexes
and databases for use by current students, faculty, and staff
of Kalamazoo College. The Library does not provide community
users with off-campus access to licensed indexes and databases.
Visitors and guest users who are Michigan residents may use
online resources offered by the
Michigan eLibrary (MeL).
Interlibrary Loan services are available only to current
students, faculty, and staff of the College. Other patrons
may consult their local public libraries for interlibrary loan.
Archives materials in the Kalamazoo College Archives are
available for research by request during posted office
hours and by appointment. Archives materials may be subject
to access and/or copying restrictions stipulated by the
College or the donor. Please see the
website for more information.
Library Use by Patrons Under 18
Children (persons under 18 years old) are welcome to use Upjohn
Library Commons resources. Information Services staff cannot
provide security and safety for children, and cannot supervise
them in the Upjohn Library Commons building. In the event
that children under 18 are unattended by an adult, Information
Services staff may take action they deem necessary to provide
for the welfare and safety of unattended children, including
but not limited to, contacting Kalamazoo College Security.
Parents or accompanying adults assume total responsibility
for the behavior of all children they bring to Upjohn Library
Commons. Children who engage in unacceptable behavior, as
defined in the Unacceptable Behavior
policy, will be subject to appropriate action by Information
Services staff. Please see Patrons under 18
for more information.
The Upjohn Library Commons is ADA compliant and has a barrier
free entrance with two accessible automatic doors. An interior
elevator near the entrance is available as well. If you
need assistance, please contact staff at (269) 337-7153.
Current students, faculty, and staff are the Library’s priority. Members of groups requiring meeting space that are not associated with current students, faculty, or staff may rent meeting space in the Library and are required to show proof of liability insurance. Groups interested in renting meeting space should call Facilities Reservations at 269-337-7047. Current students, faculty, and staff may check out classrooms for group meetings.
Policy updated February 10, 2011