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Using the Library

Policies for Using the Library

Can I bring food and drinks into the library?

To maintain Jennings Library's collections, furnishings and study environment, we have adopted the following policies regarding food and drink in the library:

  • You can consume light snacks and covered drinks in most areas
  • Please note that messy, hot and/or strong-smelling foods are not allowed
  • No food deliveries in the library
  • Throw away all trash when you leave a study spot

Can I use my cell phone in the library?

Please do not talk on your cell phone while on the third floor of the library, which is a designated quiet study space.  If you must take a call in other areas of the library, please keep conversations short and talk quietly to avoid disturbing other library users.

Where can I go for a quiet place to study?

The Rotunda on the third floor of the library is a designated quiet study space.  There are also a few desks tucked away at the back of the circulating stacks on all three floors of the stacks.

Where can I go to study with a group?

There are three Group Study Rooms on the third floor of the library. These rooms are intended to accommodate students, faculty, and staff working on group projects or studying together.  Priority will be given to students using them for group projects.  The rooms are equipped with whiteboards and markers and some have Aquos Boards, touch screen computers mounted on the wall.  If none of the rooms are available, you can work collaboratively in the Learning Commons or the Reference Room.

Can I hold a meeting or office hours in a Group Study Room?

These rooms are intended to be used by students working on group projects or studying together. Instructors should inquire about using the Adjunct Office or the Collaborative Meeting Space (Library 101) for office hours, meetings, or small group events.

Book/Donation Policy

I. Introduction

Caldwell University welcomes the donation of gift materials which support the curriculum needs of the College and enhance the collection. Due to space limitations and processing costs, the Library must be selective in the type of gifts it can accept.

II. Selection Criteria

A Reference Librarian will evaluate gifts to determine whether they should be accepted in whole or in part, or whether they should be declined and other options suggested.

Donors are encouraged to donate materials which:

  • enhance existing strengths in the collections
  • support current courses
  • are in good physical condition

The Library is unable to accept the donation of:

  • textbooks
  • mass market paperbacks
  • condensed books
  • outdated materials of little historic value
  • highlighted, underlined, or otherwise damaged materials (e.g., brittle paper, presence of mold, deteriorated bindings)

III. Terms of Acceptance

Donors are encouraged to submit a list of items in advance for review.


Gifts are accepted at the discretion of the Library Staff with the understanding that there are no conditions attached to their disposition. As the materials are assessed they may be disposed of by sale, exchange, donation, or discard if not appropriate for inclusion in the Library collection.


The Library will acknowledge receipt of gifts but cannot prepare itemized lists of materials received. The Library will not be responsible for a monetary valuation statement for tax purposes. See IRS publication #561: