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Mulva Library Policies

You’ll find we’re deeply committed to ensuring our spaces and services excel in meeting the needs of the college. To accomplish that goal, we’ve initiated several policies.

Questions? Contact Kristin Vogel.

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Using the Library

Find Your Zone
We know the atmosphere in the library – particularly the noise level – makes a big difference in how productive you are. We recommend you “find your zone” and alert us to ways we can continue to improve your experience.

Mulva Studio/First Floor – Collaboration Zone
  • Library voice* group conversation and collaboration
  • No cell phone conversations
  • Set cell phone to silent or vibrate
Quiet Zone – Second Floor
  • Quiet talking only
  • No cell phone conversations
  • Set cell phone to silent or vibrate
Third Floor – Silent Zone
  • No talking
  • No cell phone conversations
  • Set cell phone to silent or vibrate

*We define “library voice” as the soft voice used to speak to a study partner in the library.

We need the cooperation of the entire community. Please respect the rules of each study zone and be mindful of your peers.

Food and Drink
Help us keep the library clean. Keeping your drinks covered prevents spills and limits damage to the books, computers and furniture. Drinks should only be in covered cups, spill-proof mugs or similar containers. Food and drink from Ed’s Coffee Shop may be consumed in the library.

Food is allowed throughout the building, but please be considerate of the space and students around you. Always clean up any food and food waste. Food and food residues, such as oil and sugar, destroy or damage computer equipment, disks, books and furnishings.

If you spill or see a spill, please notify the library information desk so it can be cleaned properly. Thank you for helping preserve our shared resources.

Group Study Space
Group study rooms may be reserved in advance through the campus electronic reservation system (EMS).

  • There is a three-hour limit of use for group study rooms.
  • For same day reservations, please use the sign-up sheets on study room doors or in study space areas.

Community Users
The Mulva Library welcomes the community during regular library hours with a few restrictions:

  • Reference librarians are available for assistance in the Research Center on the first floor in room 109. Priority will be given to SNC students, faculty and staff.
  • Community borrower cards are available at the library service desk to adults 18 or older. A picture ID with current contact information is required. The card is renewable on a yearly basis. Books may be checked out for 28 days. Audiovisual material may be checked out for seven days. A maximum of 10 items may be checked out. Borrowed items are subject to recall if SNC students, faculty or staff have need for them.
  • Everyone is welcome to use the periodicals, newspapers and reference materials in the library. SNC students, faculty and staff may check out periodicals and reference materials for one week, but these items do not circulate to community users. However, copy machines are available for a per-copy fee.
  • Children under the age of 16 are welcome in the library but must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Community users between the ages of 16-18 must first ask staff at the information desk to obtain computer access. Computer access is granted to those ages 16-18 on a case-by-case basis.
  • Computers are available for community use. A one-day temporary username and password can be requested from the information desk. Community members are welcome to bring personal laptops to the library and use the free wi-fi throughout the building. Individuals with a specific computer research need are welcome to discuss long-term username and password options at the information desk. Priority will be given to SNC students, faculty and staff for academic work. Printing is available for a per-copy fee.
  • During the academic year, group study rooms and Mulva Studio technology spaces are reserved for student, faculty and staff use.
  • Parking is available in the visitor’s lot behind the Ariens Family Welcome Center, Lot 11.
  • The 24/7 area in Ed’s Coffee Shop is reserved for SNC students, faculty, and staff during the times the library is not open.

We request your understanding that resources such as computers and study spaces are prioritized for SNC students, staff and faculty.

  • With a St. Norbert College ID card, materials located in the stacks and curriculum/children's literacy library, featured collection and bestsellers collection along with musical scores, DVDs, Blu-rays, VHS, CDs and reserves may be checked out.
  • With an Alumni or St. Norbert College community card, books, CDs, VHS, DVDs and Blu-rays may be checked out.
  • Reference books, newspapers and journals – print and bound – do not circulate to community members. To request borrowing privileges for these materials, please speak with a staff member at the information desk.
  • Laptop computers are available for checkout by St. Norbert College students, faculty and staff at the information desk.
  • The library also has headphones, iPad, eReaders and graphing calculators available for checkout by SNC students, faculty and staff.
  • To check the availability of equipment, contact David Bosco at 920-403-3293 or
  • Students: Your requested items will be held at the library information desk for pickup, and you will be notified through your SNC email.
  • Faculty and Staff: Your requested items will be delivered to your office (mailbox) and you will be notified through your SNC email during the academic year.

Ed’s Coffee Shop is open to the community during their hours of operation and serve many delicious items.

Archives and Special Collections
We’re excited to share our treasures with researchers, alumni and others delving into the rich collection of rare and archival materials we own. Personal items you may have with you during your visit are restricted in order to preserve and ensure the security of these items. Please contact Sarah Titus to arrange an appointment so she can prepare your access to relevant items. 

TV Studio and Audio Suite
Available to the St. Norbert College community, access to the TV studio and audio suite is made possible through the work of the office of communications. You may reserve a time through the campus electronic reservations system (EMS) and then check out a swipe card for the corresponding room at the library information desk.

If you’re interested in a short tour of these spaces or require more information, contact John Devroy at 920-403-3822 or

Collections Policies

Borrowing Materials

What Can be Checked Out

Loan Periods
For complete information about loan periods, visit our borrowing materials web page.

Library material, with the exception of course reserves and equipment, may be renewed twice. You may renew through the catalog, in person at the information desk, or by calling the information desk at 920-403-3466.

Students, faculty and staff may request that a hold be placed on an item in the catalog in order to ensure it is available.

A checked out item may be recalled if it is needed for course reserves. Items must be returned within three days.

The library does not generally charge fines but does charge for overdue laptops and non-returned items. We send out courtesy, overdue and billing notices via your SNC email account. In the case of community members, you will be notified by the information we have on file. Failure to receive these notices does not absolve the borrower of any financial obligations.

Learn more about our policy on our borrowing materials web page.

Course Reserves
The parameters for reserve items are determined in consultation with the person placing the item on reserves. Please contact David Bosco with questions.

Collection Development
The collection development policy guides all decisions for acquiring, retaining and discarding materials in the library’s collections.

Archives and Special Collections 
Archives and special collections activities focus on content that can be freely shared. In some cases we may need to restrict access to the college in order to adhere to copyright law, but it is our purpose to provide digital collections to as wide an audience as possible. For more information, read the complete policy.

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