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The Library is committed to maintaining an environment conducive to learning and study within its facilities. This User Behaviour Policy provides a clear framework to discourage undesirable behaviour. Such behaviour includes (but is not limited to):

  • Eating, drinking, and/or displaying food or drinks, except in the Main Library’s Academic Commons for those types of food and drink that are allowed under the Food & Drink Policy.
  • Making excessive noise in open areas that causes disturbance to others.
  • Borrowing or lending of Library Cards (within the HKBU community).
  • Not wearing a face mask when required to do so under health measures in force.
  • Any other improper behaviour causing annoyance / disturbance to other users and staff members in the Library or disrupting the normal operations of the Library.

Users that persistently engage in the behaviours described above will have their Library privileges suspended as shown below:

InfringementNo. of incidents recorded within one calendar yearAction to be taken
Undesirable behaviours such as eating and drinking in non-designated areas, making excessive noise, etc.3 Library privileges suspended for 2 weeks.

In addition, the Library will take decisive action if it finds users engaging in serious misconduct. Such misconduct includes (but is not limited to):

  • Lending Library Cards to those outside of the HKBU community.
  • Defacing or intentionally damaging Library materials, equipment, and furnishings.
  • Intentionally taking Library materials out of the Library without checking them out.
  • Any other improper behaviour that the Library senior management considers to constitute serious misconduct.

The table below lays out the actions that the Library will take if users engage in serious misconduct:

InfringementNo. of incidents recordedAction(s) to be taken
Lending of Library Card to someone outside of the HKBU community.1Library privileges suspended for 4 weeks.
Intentional defacement or damage to Library materials, equipment, or furniture.1 Library privileges suspended for 4 weeks. Relevant University offices will be notified.
Theft of Library materials.1 Library privileges suspended for 4 weeks. Relevant University office will be notified.
Any other improper behaviour constituting serious misconduct.1Library privileges suspended for a period of time at the discretion of the Library Administration. Relevant University offices may be notified as deemed appropriate.


  1. Based on the specific circumstances, Library staff on duty may exercise their discretion to issue a warning to users that commit an infringement instead of formally recording the incident.
  2. Library privileges include access to the Main Library and branch libraries, as well as borrowing privileges and access to the Library’s subscribed e-resources.
  3. Depending on the status of the user involved, relevant University offices to be notified may include the Office of Student Affairs, the home Faculty/School/Academy/Department of the user, or any other office as deemed appropriate.
  4. The Library reserves the right to interpret this User Behaviour Policy and make amendments to it as necessary.

Last updated: 26 August 2021