Building and Contents
The Ellender Memorial Library is an academic library charged with strengthening the instruction, research, and study needs of the students, faculty, staff, and administration of Nicholls State University, an institution of the State of Louisiana.
Though serving a public university, the Ellender Library is not a “public library.” It is not funded by any parish or municipality to serve the residents of a parish or municipality (i.e., local governments that are political subdivisions of the State, rather than institutions of the State as are the State’s public universities).
As an academic library serving an institution of higher learning of the State of Louisiana, the Ellender Library supports the normal educational process at Nicholls State University, which includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and administrators to study, teach, administer, and perform their duties at the University, as well as to do all things necessary and incidental to those pursuits, without interference, including without limitation, assaults, disruption, harassment, obstruction (active or passive), threats, or violence.
The Ellender Library and its users are afforded the fullest protection under the Law from any and all interference, so that the normal educational process is carried out in and around the Library’s building and with the Library’s property.
Consequently, use of the Ellender Library … its building and contents … is a privilege, not a right:
• Any Nicholls State University student or member of the University faculty, staff, or administration who wishes to use the Library may do so in any manner consistent with or supportive of the normal educational process at the University;
• Anyone from another college or university or any member of the general public who wishes to use the Library for educational purposes may do so in any manner that is consistent with or supportive of the normal educational process at the University and does not at all interfere with the use of the Library by the students, faculty, staff, and administration of the University, a weighing of interests that necessarily results in University students, faculty, staff, and administrators having greater library privileges than do faculty and students from another college or university or members of the general public; and,
• Anyone whose conduct and/or presence, interferes with, disrupts, or otherwise hinders the normal educational process of the University (including without limitation by assault, harassment, obstruction, threats, or violence), or might reasonably be expected to do so, may not use the Library, must not be in or around the Library building, must not use any of the Library’s property, and must immediately leave the building and environs, if in or about the building.
See, without limitation: Library Policies on “Users,” “Circulation,” “Study Rooms and Carrels,” “Multi-Purpose Room,” “After Hours,” “Food and Drink,” and “Code of Conduct,”
As well as:
Nicholls State University Policy ¶¶ 1.2.3 [“Vision Statement”], 1.2.4 [“Mission Statement”], 1.2.5 [“Values”], 1.2.6 [“Clientele”], 4.25 [“Workplace & Sexual Harassment, Discrimination & Retaliation”], and 5.3.8 [“Violence-Free Workplace”]; and, Nicholls State University Code of Student Conduct;
Louisiana Revised Statutes Title 17, §§ 3101and 3102 [“Preservation of Educational Process”], and Title 25, §211 [“Parish & Municipal Libraries”]; and,
Louisiana Constitution Article 8, §6 [“Education-Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System”], and Article 6, §44 [“Local Government-Definitions”].
Adopted 22 February 2013