Information and Policies


  1. Purpose

    The Carleton College's Laurence McKinley Gould Library exists primarily to serve the academic needs of Carleton College. The library also serves the needs of the St. Olaf College community through the Carleton-St. Olaf Consortium, Bridge. The library is available for use by the general public of the Northfield area although the Northfield Public Library has primary responsibility for serving this group.

     The library's collections and services have been developed to provide important resources that Carleton students will need in their course work, independent study, and comprehensive projects, and to supply faculty and staff with the bibliographic resources and the information they need for teaching and for administering the College.

    As a secondary goal the library seeks to provide some of the more important resources faculty need to continue their personal research interests, and to provide a collection of general interest materials reflecting a wide range of topics.

  2. Information about the Library

    Those who wish to use the collection, facilities, or services of the library should stop by the Research/IT Desk (in the Reference Room) or the Circulation Desk (library main entrance) if they are unfamiliar with the library. Information about the library can be found at

  3. Policies

    1. Use of Library - The library is a place for study, research, collaborative work, and for recreational reading.
    2. Noise - Our patrons enjoy studying in different environments. Levels 1 and 2 are designated as quiet floors. Levels 3 and 4 are designated for collaborative group study. Throughout the library, courtesy and consideration should govern all conversation so as to avoid disturbing others. If a complaint is made, or if a member of the library staff judges any activity to be potentially disturbing, the person(s) involved may be asked to move to another area or to cease the activity.
    3. Not Allowed in Library - The following items are not allowed to be brought into the library:
      • bicycles, unicycles, scooters, skateboards
      • rollerblades
      • animals (except for guide dogs for the blind)
      • alcohol
      • beverages in unacceptable containers
      • hotplates or other devices for heating foods or liquids
      • radio or sound system equipment without headsets
      • any toxic or potentially dangerous substance
      • all tobacco related products including e-cigarettes
    4. Bikes - Bike racks are located near the main entrance. Bicycles should not be parked in front of the main entry to the library.
    5. Elevator - A public elevator is available. People needing assistance in using the elevator or any other facility of the library should inquire at the Circulation Desk or the Research/IT Desk.
    6. Classrooms - Two rooms (rooms 305 and 344) are available on 3rd level for seminars, classes, and group use. The Registrar of the College schedules use of this room during class periods. All other use is scheduled by the Library Administrative Assistant, Cindy Spehn, x-4261.
    7. Library Instruction Classrooms
      • Library lab 306 is used for Reference instruction. Requests to use room 306 by other classes will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the Interim Head of Reference, Danya Leebaw. When room 306 is not being used for instruction, it is a computer lab for Carleton students.
      • Room 170 is used for library and archives class instruction.
    8. Study Rooms - Individual and small group study rooms are available throughout the library. These are not assigned and cannot be reserved, but are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Personal items should not be left in them unattended. The library staff will remove all personal items and library materials from unoccupied rooms at least once a day.
    9. Study Areas - Study carrels, tables, and lounge chairs are meant to be freely available to all students, faculty and staff. No carrels, tables, or chairs may be reserved for the use of one person or group. All carrels, tables, and chairs are checked daily by library staff for unattended materials. Library materials that are not checked out will be removed and returned to their proper place. Personal items may be removed and sent to "Lost and Found" at either the Circulation Desk or at the Sayles-Hill.
    10. Computers - Computer labs for Carleton students are located on 3rd and 4th levels of the library. Computers (and other library equipment such as scanners, copiers, and microfilm readers) are primarily for use by Carleton students. The public is welcome to use equipment for a short period of time.

      When equipment demands are great within the Carleton community, library staff may request that members of the general public not use equipment. Computers located at the Research/IT Desk, in staff offices, or in staff work areas are intended for library staff use only.

    11. Lockers - Small lockers are available for the storage of personal books, checked out library material, and papers. The library reserves the right to open and inspect any locker at any time, without prior notification.

      If inspection of a locker reveals any misuse of the locker (e.g., storage of library material that is not properly checked out, storage of food or drink, storage of any toxic or potentially dangerous substance), then the library will remove the material, notify the locker holder of this action, and warn the locker holder that a second instance of misuse of locker privileges will result in automatic suspension of locker privileges for the remainder of the current academic term or vacation period plus ineligibility for locker privileges the following academic term.

      If the locker holder believes there is a mitigating circumstance, an appeal of this penalty may be made to the College Librarian. The decision of the College Librarian on the appeal will be final.

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