The Sidney Silverman Library is committed to providing a quiet, welcoming, respectful atmosphere conducive to study and research in an environment that is comfortable, clean, and safe for both library users and staff.
The conduct of any individual using the Library is governed by all College policies, including the Code of Student Conduct, which can be viewed here: Student Code of Conduct.
Users who do not adhere to conduct guidelines outlined in College or Library policies may be asked to leave and may be subject to College disciplinary action. Please note:
E-Cigarettes – In accordance with New Jersey’s Smoke Free Air Act and BCC policy, electronic cigarettes are not allowed in the Library or anywhere on campus.
Mobile phones — Use of these devices disturbs those engaged in reading, studying, and other educational activities; accordingly, the Library requires its users to set mobile phones on silent. Very short calls are allowed if you aren’t disturbing others. Longer calls must be taken outside the library. Absolutely no phone calls are allowed in Silent Study areas. If you are disturbing others by talking on your phone, you will be asked to talk outside the library.
Food and drink — Drinks in covered containers are permitted throughout the Library. Small snacks are allowed in most, but not all areas. Consumption of snacks should be neat and discreet. We understand needing a quick snack while studying, but if you need to eat a full meal, please eat it in the cafeteria or student center. Messy foods and/or meals with strong odors are not allowed under any circumstances.
Foods and drinks are easily spilled on books, furniture, and equipment, causing damage and leaving materials unavailable for other users. Particles of food left behind on books, furniture, or floors attract rodents, cockroaches, silverfish and other unwanted pests. Users are expected to keep all study areas neat and clean and dispose of trash and recycling appropriately.
No food or eating is allowed near computers or equipment, or in the silent study rooms.
Food deliveries to the library are not allowed.
Acceptable food: Small bags of chips or cookies, dried fruit and nuts, granola bars, candy, and other vending machine items.
Unacceptable food: hot entrees, sandwiches, all fast food, burritos, paninis, pizza, soup, salad, and other greasy, sticky or messy foods, or foods with strong odors.
Noise and Other Disruptive Behavior – The Library is often the only quiet study space available to our users so we ask that everyone be considerate and refrain from talking loudly, making noise, or engaging in disruptive behavior. If you need to view a video or anything with audio, please bring your own headphones or borrow them from the Service Desk and please keep the volume level low. If your audio or conversations are loud enough to be heard by others nearby, then the volume is too loud. Silent study, quiet study, and group study areas are available for individual or collaborative work.
Children on Campus
“…Students who bring small children to campus may not leave them unattended at any time, especially in the Student Center, Library and lounge areas….”
Unattended children left in the Library will be placed in the custody of BCC Public Safety until a parent or responsible adult can be located.