Library Code of Conduct

Law Library Rules for the Public

The Law Library is intended for use by persons engaged in law-related research. The purpose of these rules is to ensure the Law Library patrons are provided a pleasant atmosphere which facilitates the performances of legal research.

  • Patrons shall be engaged in activities associated with the use of the public law library while in the Law Library.
  • Everyone entering the Library must sign the sign-in log at the front desk.
  • All computer users must sign-in at the workstation before using the computers.
  • Patrons shall respect the rights of other patrons. Patrons shall not harass or annoy other patrons, or otherwise behave in a manner  which may be reasonably expected to disturb others.
  • To avoid disturbing other Law Library patrons, patrons shall observe silence except when requesting assistance from the desk reference staff. Loud noise and profane language will not be tolerated. Patrons who need to converse must do so quietly so as to not disturb others.
  • Patrons shall not attempt to make repairs to the Law Library computers or equipment. Patron should instead ask staff for assistance.
  • Patrons shall not write in, damage, remove pages or mark on Law Library books or other Law Library property.
  • Selling and solicitation are prohibited in the Law Library.
  • Sleeping is prohibited in the Law Library.
  • Unattended children are not allowed in the Law Library. In the event that a child is left unattended, Law Library staff shall notify the Hidalgo County Sheriff's office. Any adult who brings a child into the Law Library must supervise and monitor the child's behavior at all times. 
  • Food and beverages may not be brought into or consumed in the Law Library.
  • No smoking or tobacco products are allowed in the Library.
  • Because ringtones can be loud, patrons' cell phone must be set to "vibrate" or turned off. Any call should be made outside the Law Library as telephone conversations could disrupt the concentration of other patrons. Patrons who receive a cell phone call should step outside the Law Library to hold the conversation.
  • Laptops may be plugged in to draw AC power. The volume on all laptops must be set to "mute."
  • Patron's personal belongings should fit neatly under the table and may not take up so much space as to deny other patrons a seating opportunity at the same table. Suitcases, bedrolls, and blankets are not permitted in the Law Library.
  • Any patron, as well as the personal belongings of any patron, emanating an odor (including cologne or perfume) constituting a nuisance to other patrons may be asked to leave the Law Library. 
To ensure all patrons have access to a safe, non-disruptive place to conduct legal research, these rules are strictly enforced. Patrons found in violation of these rules may be removed from the law library by a peace officer.

Viewing of any illegal, obscene or  offensive material will be prosecuted to the furthest extent of the law.

 


Please note that the library staff is here to help and assist but NOT to do work for you. By opting to represent yourself, it is your responsibility to research and prepare any and all legal documents necessary for your case.


For more information, contact the Law Library at (956) 318-2155.