Here you can find several policies which govern both staff and users of the Reg Erhardt Library.
Staff will monitor behaviour within the Library to ensure that users are complying with the Code of Conduct and all other policies. Failure to comply with the Code or library policies may result in loss of library privileges and/or expulsion from the Library.
The supervision of children is the responsibility of parents or caregivers not the library staff. Unsupervised children under the age of twelve are not allowed to visit or use any library facilities or resources. Parents or caregivers are not permitted to sign on their under-aged children to library workstations.
The SAIT library is a modern learning and research centre providing numerous computer workstations to our patrons. These workstations do not require that users sign-up for computer time, nor are special usernames or passwords required. Though intended primarily for use by the SAIT community, others may use the workstations when not in demand by staff or students.
The library classroom is available for computer access on weekdays. This space is intended for individual work and discussions among users should be kept to a minimum. A calendar beside the classroom door allows patrons to see when the classroom is being used for instruction. Computer users are expected to leave 10 minutes prior to the start of a class.
Patrons using any library workstation are expected to be considerate of the needs of others and to comply with the computer use policies listed here:
The term “guest” refers to library visitors who are not current SAIT students or staff.
Guest workstation use must conform to the “SAIT Acceptable Use Policy”. This policy is available at log on and in the library reference collection (378.712338 S727P). Guests must also conform to the “Reg Erhardt Library Computer Use Policy 3.2”. The text is available at the Information desk and on posters throughout the Library.
The Library has six guest/student workstations, including one disabled access priority workstation, and one scanner workstation (LIB 117). Students have priority status. Guests will be asked to vacate their workstation if a student requires access.
Guest use is limited to a one hour/day maximum and may be restricted further at busy times.
Guests must show library staff an identification card or document that includes the persons name and the name of the issuing agency. If picture ID is not available, staff will accept two pieces of ID with the guest’s name and issuing agency. IDs without expiration dates are acceptable. The guest will complete a sign in at the Information Desk which includes their printed name and signature. Staff will record the use start time and workstation number.
Examples of acceptable identification include:
Library staff will log on guest workstations with the LIB username and password. The guest login password is confidential and available only to library staff.
Workstations are often in high demand. Limit your usage to one hour when people are waiting. Some workstations, designated by signs, are for quick-use only (e.g. checking email or printing a document) or restricted to particular resources (such as library catalogues and databases).
Food and Drinks
Computer areas in the Library are treated as computer labs. Food and beverages are not permitted at the workstations. This is a SAIT campus wide policy.
Game play is not permitted on library workstations.
Files must be saved on your own disks or on your personal drive (usually H). Any personal files left on workstation hard drives are removed daily.
The library is not responsible for data lost due to human error or system failure. Save your work often.
Use the software we have provided. Do not load additional software or delete programs. It is not your computer.
Users must respect the "SAIT Acceptable Use Policy" available through mySAIT or in the SAIT Policies and Procedures Manual available in print format in the Library Reference collection (call number 378.712338 S727P).
Acceptable use includes, but is not limited to, such issues as intellectual property rights and the accessing of materials which may be deemed offensive.
At closing time users are expected to log off and leave promptly.
Patrons who do not abide by these policies will be asked to leave.
Library staff are the final arbiters of appropriate use whether the issue be game play, accessing pornography or any other concern regarding the fair and proper use of library workstations. Complaints about computer users should be referred first to Library Information Desk staff. Follow-up, if necessary, should be referred to the Customer Services Librarian or the Library Manager.
There is a phone for use by patrons located near the photocopiers. Patrons using the phone should keep their conversations brief (less than 5 minutes) and speak in a low tone of voice.
This phone cannot be used to receive calls or contact long distance numbers.
This policy applies to all public areas of the library and is intended to ensure that:
No beverages or food of any kind are permitted around any of the electronic equipment in the library, including:
This is a SAIT campus-wide policy.
Library staff have the final approval over any sort of beverage container, or food item, being brought into the library.
The Library Manager may waive the policy for special events.
Library users who do not respect this policy will be asked to leave the Library. Complaints about food or beverages should be referred first to Library Information Desk staff. Follow-up, if necessary, should be referred to the Customer Services Librarian or the Library Manager.
The Reg Erhardt Library is a centre for learning, research and study.
Some people learn best when working in a small group while others want quiet space for individual study. These differing needs require that the Library provide both collaborative work space and individual quiet study space.
Also, the library is a place for people to get assistance with locating and using information; thus, staff will have to talk with patrons about the use of resources and services. Equipment such as photocopiers, printers and the courtesy phone generate noise as well.
There will always be a certain amount of noise in the Library.
To help provide an atmosphere conducive to both quiet and group study needs, library users should not engage in behaviour which interferes with other’s use of the Library
Level 0 has been designated for quiet study. There are fewer tables and more individual study carrels on this level. Library users are asked to keep conversations to a minimum and at a low level.
The 8 small study rooms are intended for use by groups students working together on projects or studying. The rooms are not soundproof and users are asked to keep their discussions at a reasonable sound level.
Cell phone and pager ringers are often loud and disruptive. Please set your device to silent alert before entering the library.
Talking on cell phones is treated as a noise issue, in accordance with the guidelines presented here. As with other modes of behaviour, patrons may be asked to leave the library or move to another area to continue their conversation.
A courtesy phone is provided to patrons as an alternative for patrons who need to make a brief call.
Library users who disrupt or disturb others will be asked to leave the Library.
Complaints about excessive noise or disruptive behaviour should be referred first to library Information Desk staff. Follow-up, if necessary, should be referred to the Customer Services Librarian or the Library Manager.
There are eight Study Rooms located in the SAIT library, four on each level. Students may reserve rooms online using the room booking service.
Use of this service requires annual registration with the library.
Demand for study rooms is often heavy.
Students who have used up their 2 hours per week allotment, or who have not registered for online booking, may use study rooms on a drop-in basis, subject to the following rules:
The student view of the online room booking service shows who created a booking. It is each student’s responsibility to check the booking page for their time/date/location.
In early July the library will delete our list of registered users. Students will have to register for this service each year.
Library staff monitor room use through the day and are the final arbiters of appropriate use and any other concerns or conflicts that arise from bookings or use of library study rooms.
Students who commit severe or regular breaches of library policies, will be barred – without prior notice – from room booking for the remainder of the academic year. A note to this effect will be added to the student’s library account.
Complaints related to room bookings should be referred first to Library Information Desk staff. Follow-up, if necessary, should be referred to the Customer Relations Librarian or the Library Manager.