Hi, Does the university have a policy regarding homeless people who use the library? It is a Sunday afternoon and there are about half a dozen people who do not appear to be students sitting near the newspapers, some are sleeping, one even loudly snoring. I am not really complaining per se as I realize this is a public school library, but as an Urban Studies major I would like to know if VCU Libraries has a policy dealing with people who outwardly do not appear to be students or actively using the library resources. Thank you.
The situation you are referring to and many others are covered by our Use of Library Building Regulations. It specifies that "Persons who are not affiliated with the University community (guests, visitors, members of the general public) may enter library facilities only to use the collections and services of the VCU Libraries. Any other use of library facilities by non-affiliated users is not permitted and may be considered trespassing."
If you see someone who is sleeping or otherwise not making use of our collections and services, please report it to library staff or to the security guards on duty. Please also report anyone that is engaging in any activity that is disruptive to other patrons' study, including loud snoring. Our entire building regulation is available here: VCU Libraries developed the Use of Library Buildings regulation to protect the rights of both users and staff, to create an appropriate academic atmosphere, and to provide a safe, comfortable and convenient library environment.
-Curtis Lyons, Interim Associate University Librarian for Public Services