Simpson Library is committed to maintaining a safe environment that is conducive to research and study. Simpson Library does not permit any behavior that is disruptive to staff and patrons or that may cause harm to one’s self or to others. Staff members reserve the right to make decisions as to which behaviors are disruptive.
Anyone deemed to be acting in a disruptive manner may be asked to leave. Library staff will contact security and/or campus police if disruptive behavior does not stop, or if a user refuses to leave the premises when requested to do so.
All Library patrons are asked to please be respectful of others using the Library and to choose a location that is appropriate for the type of work they are doing. The first floor of Simpson Library is for computer use, group study, and social interaction. The second floor is for quiet study (noise and conversation should be kept to a minimum, and groups should study in study rooms). The third floor is for silent study (no noise at all, except in study rooms).
Simpson Library users can use their cell phones in the stairwells, but they are asked to refrain from using them at the Circulation and Reference desks.
All Simpson Library computer users agree to abide by applicable University and Library policies, including the Network and Computer Use Policy. One of the primary missions of Simpson Library is to “make available to the University’s students, faculty, and staff materials that support teaching and research.” Although others are welcome to use the Library, staff members must prioritize services and resources. The Library has a limited number of computers, and UMW students, faculty, and staff receive first priority in their use.
UMW Students, Faculty, and Staff:
UMW students, faculty, and staff have designated computers that they may log into using their UMW credentials. These computers are located to the left and right of the center stairwell on the first floor of Simpson Library.
Simpson Library also provides computers that non-UMW-affiliated patrons may use. These computers are located along the front wall of Simpson Library, near the Reference Desk. Due to limited availability, these computers may be used for two-hour periods. Non-affiliated users are permitted one 2-hour computer session per day. If a user leaves early before the allotted time has expired, they may not request additional log-ins to “make up” the time.
Guest computers provide Internet access and are intended for research. They may not be used to play games or to engage in other recreational activities, such as watching videos. The computers are solely for persons who need to access the unique resources of an academic library.
Individuals with laptops may log on as “guests” and access the UMW-Guest wireless network. Ask Simpson Library staff if you need assistance connecting to the wireless.
Simpson Library is not responsible for personal items left unattended. Please be aware that the Library is open to the general public and personal belongings should be kept within sight at all times. Simpson Library loans laptop locks to UMW students, faculty and staff.
To inquire about missing item(s), call the Simpson Library Circulation Desk at 540-654-1059.
Simpson Library is one of five selective Federal Depository Libraries within the 1st Congressional District of Virginia, served by a regional depository located at the University of Virginia. Simpson Library is also a designated State Depository Library for Virginia publications in the State Publications Depository Program. The Library of Virginia is “the official repository of state publications for the Commonwealth,” cited in §42.1-92 et seq. of the Code of Virginia.
Simpson Library provides free access, regardless of format, to all Federal and State government information products selected for its collection. These formats include but are not limited to: electronic, paper, microfiche, microfilm, CD-ROMs, and disks. Equipment is available to utilize the various formats of government information. Simpson Library makes government information usable for all users, including those with disabilities.
Any member of the general public may use Federal government information products in all formats free of charge without impediments. The general public has access to resources in the collection through the Library’s online catalog, direct browsing of open shelves, and all public service points. These service points include staffed Reference and Circulation desks and public computer workstations. There is a designated computer located near the Reference Desk that meets GPO (U.S. Government Printing Office) Technology Requirements.
For more information, please visit the Library’s Government Resources Guide.
Simpson Library has installed lockers on the first floor for patrons who need a secure, short-term location for storing personal items while using the Library. Locker usage is subject to the following policies and procedures:
Locker Use Guidelines
Terms and Conditions:
To preserve and maintain our unique and historic resources, we request that all patrons follow the guidelines below when handling and using materials from Special Collections and University Archives.
Reading Room Rules and Regulations:
Materials Usage Guidelines:
Thank you for helping us keep our collections safe and in good condition for future users.
Materials in Simpson Library’s Special Collections and University Archives are made publicly available for research, teaching, and private study. Any other uses may require permission from the copyright holder.
The copyright law of the United States governs the creation of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions, libraries and archives may provide reproductions of copyrighted material. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction will not be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.” It is the responsibility of each individual researcher to determine whether they need to obtain permission before using specific materials. The Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University’s online guide may provide additional information in this matter.
Acquiring copies of materials does not confer the right to recopy, reproduce, publish, or exhibit them without written consent from the Head of Special Collections & University Archives and/or the copyright holder. All reproductions of Special Collections materials must include the citation information provided below. Citation Information
All items from Special Collections & University Archives should be cited as follows:
University Archives currently seeks manuscripts, photographs, publications, audiovisual materials, scrapbooks, and memorabilia that document the University’s history, as well as unique materials for our rare books and journals collection. Books and other materials that are accepted into the department become the property of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Gifts of money must be made through the University of Mary Washington Foundation. If you have any items you wish to donate, please contact Interim Head of Special Collections & University Archives, Angie Kemp. Staff will evaluate all items offered and respond accordingly.
Children under the age of 16 may not be left unattended in Simpson Library and must be directly supervised by a responsible adult or caregiver aged 18 years or older. If a child under the age of 16 is found to be unattended in the library, staff will attempt to locate or contact the child’s parent/guardian. If the staff cannot locate a parent/guardian, campus security and/or law enforcement officials will be notified.
Children over the age of 16 may use the library unattended provided that their behavior is not disruptive. Disruptive behavior is any form of behavior that seriously or constantly disturbs patrons or staff; damages library property; interferes with library services; or endangers the well-being of the disruptive child or others. Parents/guardians are responsible for the actions of their children in the library whether or not the parent/guardian is present. Parents/guardians will also be responsible for any damages by their child.
Disruptive children may be asked to leave the library. Parents/guardians will be contacted and campus security and/or law enforcement officials may be notified. If any child is left unattended at the Library at closing time, campus security and/or law enforcement officials will be notified. Library staff reserves the right to approach children for information regarding his/her parent’s/guardian’s availability and to request contact information for the parent/guardian.