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Campus Community Guides Policy


Campus Community Guides are an online publication platform through which interested faculty and staff can share and promote BSU campus-related communities and events. This publishing service is provided by the Maxwell Library.

Policy Statement:

Campus Community Guides are open to faculty to promote and share information about BSU initiatives, departments, programs, groups, communities of interest, and events.


  • Utilize the MaxGuides publication platform (LibGuides CMS, published by Springshare) for online delivery of information not directly related to Maxwell Library resources and services.
  • Provide an online publication platform to facilitate communication among BSU communities of interest.
  • Improve communication and interaction between BSU service providers and their constituents.

Responsible Use:

Campus Community Guide content must adhere to Bridgewater State University’s Responsible Use of Information Technology policy and to best practices.


  • Content must be related to BSU events, programs, centers, initiatives, departments, student groups, or outreach.
  • Faculty/Staff should contact the Campus Community Guide administrator to set up a Campus Community Guide. One or more faculty/staff may be assigned editing permissions to the same Guide.
  • Liaison librarians and the Campus Community Guides administrator will provide training, support and consultation to Guide content providers.
  • Course-specific related material, as a rule, should be placed in MaxGuides Course Guides. However, Campus Community Guides can be used for course-specific material that is not library-related. Faculty are urged to consult with a Maxwell Library Reference specialist when publishing course-specific material.
  • The LibGuides CMS platform provides cloud storage space for images that appear within the Guides. Neither the LibGuides CMS server platform, nor the Maxwell Library, provides server space for downloadable content such as PDFs, Word documents, or audio files.
  • The underlying software platform that supports the Campus Community Guides requires some mediated actions and services provided by a system administrator. While the Library is committed to providing as open an online publication option as possible to the BSU community, Campus Community Guides content providers cannot act in total independence of Maxwell Library staff.
  • While the underlying software platform allows for some customizations and user interactivity, Campus Community Guides do not and cannot provide a “blank-slate” web publication opportunity. The Campus Community Guides administrator will work with content providers as needed to optimize their Guides, with the underlying understanding of the platform limitations.
  • As a rule, students will not be allowed content-provider accounts. However, the Maxwell Library MaxGuides system administrator will consider, on a case-by-case basis, allowing student’s access when there is a documented need provided by the BSU faculty/staff member responsible for the Campus Community Guide.
  • When “friendly” URLs are assigned to Campus Community Guides or pages within the Campus Community Guides, users are asked to include “campus/” as part of the URL string (e.g. http:/

Maxwell Library Policy on Children in the Library

Policy Statement: While Maxwell Library welcomes patrons of all ages, visitors with children should be aware that the library is housed in a busy, multi-use facility. Classrooms, faculty and administrative offices, as well as various service units can all be found in the building. Multiple entries and exits points are located across the site.

Because the library’s primary constituency is the students, faculty and staff of the university, along with visiting researchers from other institutions, we provide a wide range of materials—books, DVDs, journals and other resources—that express a variety of perspectives. Some content and illustrations may be inappropriate for use by children.

Concern for the safety and well-being of children, recognition of the needs of the BSU community, as well as proper stewardship of library resources prompts the following:

  • A child is defined as anyone under the age of sixteen who is not registered as a BSU student.
  • A responsible adult (i.e., parent, guardian, teacher, etc.) must accompany children in the library at all times. Unaccompanied children will be reported to Campus Police.
  • A child who is disruptive, uses library resources inappropriately, or damages library materials or equipment will be reported to Campus Police.
  • Maxwell Library computers are intended primarily for the use of Bridgewater State University students, faculty, and staff. The computers do not have content filters. If children are given access to computers, the accompanying adult is responsible for the children’s use and viewing. (Separate, stand-alone computers provide access to just the library catalog.)

Please note that the University’s Responsible Use of Information Technology policy applies to BSU students, faculty, staff and all other users. View the University’s Responsible Use of Information Technology policy.

Library staff members are not expected to act as police officers nor are they expected to search for accompanying adults or determine the ages of children. Any problems we encounter will be reported to Campus Police.

Education Resource Center (ERC) Test Use Policy

This policy was written in accord with copyright laws, the requirements of test publishers, and AERA-APA-NCME standards (see Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, Cur Lib Ref LB 3051/A693/1999).

Test access in the Educational Resource Center of Maxwell Library is restricted. All test borrowers must present a valid photo ID and must sign our test use policy agreement.

Eligible Users

Tests may be viewed by qualified persons only. A qualified person is one who is participating in a BSU assessment or assessment-related class (education, counseling, or psychology). BSU students may be asked to show a current syllabus to demonstrate that they are in such a class. BSU students doing independent research should bring a note from their advisor. Area educators and others who believe they have a valid reason to view the tests should discuss their situation with a member of the ERC staff. In all cases, non-BSU affiliates will need to bring documentation from their employer or school that demonstrates their need and qualifications.

Restrictions on Use

  1. Tests may not leave the ERC.
  2. Tests may be borrowed for 2 hours (renewable).*
  3. No portion of any test, or its accompanying materials, may be photocopied or scanned.
  4. Tests may be viewed for evaluation purposes only. Tests owned by the ERC may not be administered.

* An exception is made for BSU faculty only. BSU faculty members who wish to do an in-class demonstration of a test may arrange in advance to borrow a test overnight or for a limited period of time, as agreed.

Gifts/Donations to the Library

Maxwell Library welcomes gifts of print and non-print materials appropriate for our collections. The Library may not accept gifts prior to donation and may dispose of donated items unsuitable for the collection. The Library will not accept gifts for its general collections under restricted conditions.

The Library evaluates all gifts with the same guidelines used for purchased materials. Only those items that support the curriculum will be added to the collection. Duplicate titles will be added at the discretion of the librarians. The Library will determine the classification, shelving, and circulation policies for all gift items. Material that is outdated, in poor condition, or does not support the curriculum of Bridgewater State University may be discarded or donated to another institution.

Appraisal of gifts is the responsibility of the donor. Library staff will not provide valuation statements, but will provide gift acknowledgment letters if requested.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation of materials should contact Kevin Kidd, Library Dean at 508.531.1255 or, or fill out a gift donation form.

Policy Adopted: September 2006

Intellectual Freedom Policy and Procedure

I. Intellectual Freedom Policy

Intellectual freedom is essential for the development of library collections and services offering diverse perspectives to meet the educational and research needs of the Bridgewater State University academic community. Maxwell Library endorses the intellectual freedom guidelines expressed in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and the Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries as adopted by the Association of College and Research Libraries. These documents provide the basis for the principles listed below.

  1. The library acquires materials in support of Bridgewater State University’s instruction and research programs reflecting a wide variety of viewpoints on subjects that may be considered controversial. The material will not be excluded from the collection because of the political, moral, religious, sexual, social, economic, or scientific views expressed.
  2. The library’s preservation and replacement efforts will attempt to ensure that balance in library materials is maintained and controversial materials are not removed from the collections through theft, loss, mutilation, or wear.
  3. The library offers open and unfiltered access to the Internet to the Bridgewater State University academic community for uses in compliance with the University’s Responsible Use of Information Technology policy to further research and learning through exposure to the broadest possible range of ideas and information.
  4. The library affords equal access to information for all in the Bridgewater State University academic community with no discrimination on the basis of race, values, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or ethnic background, physical or learning disability, economic status, religious beliefs, or views.
  5. The library has an established procedure to ensure due process for requests for removal or addition of library resources or exhibits. The library will not remove any challenged material until a formal review mandates such action. Challenged materials that meet the criteria for selection should not be removed under any legal or extra-legal procedure.

II. Review of Challenged Resources Procedure

  1. Individuals or organizations within or outside of Bridgewater State University who challenge materials should be given copies of the library’s Intellectual Freedom Policy and Procedure and should complete the Request for Reconsideration of Library Resources form. Copies of both documents are available at all library public service desks and in the Library Director’s office. Completed forms should be forwarded to the Director’s office as soon as possible.
  2. Librarians or the Library Director will provide a more detailed explanation of the intellectual freedom policy if needed.
  3. The Library Director, in consultation with the librarians, will review the completed form and respond promptly in writing to the challenge.
  4. The Library Director will keep records of all requests for reconsideration.
  5. The Library Director will submit a completed form detailing the challenged material to ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom for inclusion in their confidential database on challenged materials.

Policy Adopted: May 2006

Use of the Ratna Chandrasekhar Information Literacy Center (RCILC) – Library Room L112


The purpose of this policy is to delineate the use of The Ratna Chandrasekhar Information Literacy Center (RCILC) in Maxwell Library at Bridgewater State University. The RCILC Room was designed for use by librarians to offer classroom instruction in library (or bibliographic) instruction, library orientation, research support, or information literacy. It is not intended to be an open-access lab, general-purpose classroom, or meeting room.

Policy Statement

The RCILC enables librarians to teach information literacy to groups within the physical library environment, to have ready access to research materials, and to encourage users to become familiar with the wide variety of information resources.

Applies to:

This policy applies to all students, faculty, and staff of Bridgewater State University and to all other users who are authorized to access information technology at Bridgewater State University.


  1. Faculty members may choose to schedule a library instruction session in their regular classrooms or in L112. Faculty members who wish to schedule a library instruction session may do so by completing an online request form, by calling the Reference Services at (508) 531-1394, or by stopping by the Reference desk on the first floor of the library. Library instruction sessions for College of Education courses may be scheduled by contacting the Educational Resource Center (ERC) directly at (508) 531-1304. The RCILC is available only during the library’s hours of operation.
  2. Once a class has met with a librarian for a session, the course instructor may request the use of the RCILC one additional time in the semester so students may continue their library research. The faculty member must remain with the class during the session. The room must be reserved no more than one week in advance.
  3. The RCILC may only be used for library orientation and research purposes and cannot be reserved for any other purpose, except as outlined in points 4-6 below. These exceptions are generally only made during non-peak instruction times.
  4. Other library departments may reserve the room for training and/or demonstrations. Such requests will be routed through a Reference librarian who will check the availability of the room.
  5. All other requests for using or reserving the room will be reviewed by librarians. The requester generally will be notified within 24 hours if the room is available for the intended use. (The room may be reserved no more than one week in advance.)
  6. The room may be opened at the discretion of the Reference Librarian on duty for use as an open-access lab, primarily during final examinations week.

Library Lost and Found

Found items may be turned in to the Circulation Services desk. Items considered a potential health risk will be discarded.

Articles of clothing will be kept for 30 days and, if not claimed, discarded or donated to charity. All print or paper items will be recycled or destroyed after 30 days.

The owners of cell phones, laptops, wallets and other valuable items will be contacted if the owner's name is apparent. After 30 days, all lost items such as cell phones, wallets, valuable electronics, and BSU Connect Cards will be turned in to BSU Campus Police.

Maxwell Library Services for Massachusetts Residents

As an academic library, Maxwell Library’s primary clientele are the students, faculty and staff of the University. The collections support the pedagogical, research and scholarship needs and interests of this particular academic community. Although one of the University’s key missions is to serve the residents of the southeast Massachusetts region, the tenor of the Library’s collection is scholarly and suited for information discovery. Maxwell Library provides learning spaces for students, faculty and community members. Maxwell Library has a long-standing agreement to assist the town residents with their research needs. Below is a brief description of the services provided to local residents.

Borrowing privileges:

To register for a borrower’s card, Massachusetts residents must do so in person at the Circulation Desk. Each resident must present a valid Massachusetts driver’s license or an RMV ID with current address. Borrower’s cards will be issued only to residents 16 years of age and older. Once registered, the borrower’s card is valid for one year from the issue date.

Residents with borrower’s card are allowed to check out up to 6 (six) items from the Library’s circulating collections at one time. This includes books, DVDs, videos, and audio compact disks and cassettes.

  • The loan period for books, music scores and children’s books is 30 days.
  • The loan period for DVDs, videos, and audio CDs and cassettes is 3 days.

Residents are free to browse and use on site newspapers, periodicals, reference materials and all other non-circulating items. Fines are assessed for overdue items (up to $10.00 per item); replacement fees will be assessed if library materials are lost or damaged (up to $125.00 per item).

Electronic Services:

To use the Library’s electronic databases, e-books and online periodicals, residents must request a temporary guest account (username and password) at the Reference Desk by presenting a valid picture ID. The guest account is valid only for the day it is issued and expires when the Library closes. Please be aware that guest accounts are available 15 minutes after the Library opens and that the Library stops distributing guest accounts 30 minutes before closing. Guest accounts allow residents to print up to 15 pages free of charge. [NOTE: Another option is a guest account with unlimited printing capability and each page printed costs $0.15.] Please be advised, there are no Internet filters on any public computer, and all users of college computers must abide by the University’s Acceptable Use policy.

Reference Services:

Librarians and staff teach users how to develop research strategies and conduct research inquiries; we guide users into becoming independent researchers and life-long learners. Any community resident who needs help with research projects should contact the Reference Desk (508.531.1394) or the Education Resource Center (508.531.1304).

Services NOT available:

  • Interlibrary loan and document delivery
  • The Commonwealth Catalog
  • Staff pulling requested items from the shelves and holding them at the Circulation Desk

Please be advised-the Library does have an Unattended Children Policy.

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, the University cannot accommodate requests for meeting spaces.

Library Services Privacy Policy

I. Introduction

Privacy is essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought, and free association. Within Maxwell Library the right to privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one’s interest examined or scrutinized by others.  Confidentiality exists when a library is in possession of personally identifiable information about users and keeps that information private on their behalf.

The courts have upheld the right to privacy based on the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution. This library's privacy and confidentiality policy is in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws including Code of Massachusetts Regulations under 201 CMR 17.00: Standards for the Protection of Personal Information of Residents of the Commonwealth.

The library’s commitment to privacy and confidentiality has deep roots not only in law but also in the ethics and practices of librarianship.  In accordance with the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics: “We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired, or transmitted.”

The library user rights outlined below are based on what are known as the five “Fair Information Practice Principles.” These principles outline the rights of Notice, Choice, Access, Security and Enforcement.

II. Library Services’ Commitment to Users

Library Services is committed to protecting user privacy and confidentiality rights when library resources are used, personally identifiable information (PII) is collected, or PII is provided by users or by parties associated with Bridgewater State University (e.g. the Registrar’s Office or Human Resources). PII is defined by Section 17.02 of 201 CMR 17.00: Standards for the Protection of Personal Information of Residents of the Commonwealth:

first name and last name or first initial and last name in combination with any one or more of the following data elements that relate to such resident: (a) Social Security number; (b) driver's license number or state-issued identification card number; or (c) financial account number, or credit or debit card number, with or without any required security code, access code, personal identification number or password ….

A. Notice & Openness

Library users have the right of notice about the policies governing the amount and retention of personally identifiable information, and about why that information is necessary for the provision of library services.

Library Services publicly posts and openly acknowledges the privacy and information-gathering policies of this organization.Whenever policies change, notice of the changes will be disseminated to users.

Library Services will not create unnecessary records, will not retain records not needed for the fulfillment of its mission, and does not utilize practices that might place personally identifiable information on public view.

Library Services may collect usage data in order to improve services and to better participate in (or contribute to) university initiatives regarding teaching, learning, and research.

Information that may be gathered and retained about library usage include the following:

  • Circulation information
  • Interlibrary loan and document delivery contact information
  • Electronic access information
  • Bibliographic Instruction session information
  • Library web forms, chat sessions, email messages

B. Choice & Consent

Library Services keeps all personally identifiable information confidential and will not share, sell, license, or disclose personal information to any third party without user consent unless compelled to do so under penalty of law or to comply with a court order.

If a user is affiliated with Bridgewater State University, then Library Services receives personally identifiable information from the Office of the Registrar (student information) and the Office of Human Resources (employee information) for operational use only. Library Services may also receive information directly from a user in order to create and update library user records.

To activate library borrowing privileges, Library Services creates a link between a user’s personally identifiable information and the items borrowed by scanning the user’s Bridgewater State University identification card or similar valid identification card with photograph such as a driver’s license.

When using the library’s website and licensed subscription electronic resources, a user may be prompted or required to provide a Bridgewater State University username, email address, library barcode number, pin, and/or password to be authenticated as a currently affiliated user or as a guest user.

When using certain library services, resources, or collections, a user may be asked to show identification or provide personally identifiable information on forms or logs that are retained as needed.

C. Access by Users

Library users must update their personally identifiable information to ensure that library operations function properly. Such functions may include notification of overdue items, holds, etc. Bridgewater State University students can view and update their personally identifiable information through the student management system. Faculty and staff can view their personally identifiable information through the employee management system. All other users not currently affiliated with Bridgewater State University may contact Maxwell Library directly to update their information.

For services that require the use of personally identifiable information, users are entitled to view and update their information. A user may view personal information online or in person and request that it be updated if it is not correct.  In both instances, a user may be asked to provide some sort of verification of identity.

D. Data Integrity & Security

Data Integrity: The data Library Services collects and maintains must be accurate and secure. Library Services’ staff take reasonable steps to assure data integrity, including: using only reputable sources of data; providing users access to their own personally identifiable data; updating data whenever possible to ensure its currency and accuracy; utilizing middleware authentication systems that authorize use without requiring personally identifiable information; destroying untimely data or converting them to anonymous forms.

Data Retention: Library Services protects personally identifiable information from unauthorized disclosure once it is no longer needed to manage library services. Information that should be regularly purged, shredded, or anonymized includes personally identifiable information on library resource and services use, circulation history, forms, and security/surveillance tapes and logs.

Tracking Users: Library Services ensures aggregate summary data is stripped of personally identifiable information and/or deleted when it is no longer needed. Library Services staff do not ask visitors to the library or website to identify themselves or reveal any personal information unless they are borrowing materials, requesting services, registering for programs or events, or using portions of the library's website restricted to registered borrowers such as licensed content. Library Services uses Google Analytics, a web tracking and analytics service, to better understand website usage, to improve the user experience and access to services. Google Analytics operates through the use of cookies, a text file placed on one’s computer that contains information about one’s use of library websites. The information stored in the cookie is transmitted to and stored by Google. This information is for analytical and improvement use only. Library Services does not provide any of this information to third parties. To opt-out of Google Analytics on your personal computer, install a browser add-on created by Google:

University Information Technology Systems and Services: Use of institutional wireless (Wi-Fi) and wired connections as well as use of computers within the library is managed by the Information Technology Division of Bridgewater State University. Library Services does not have access to any information stored and collected through these services and systems.

Third Party Security: Library Services does license products, tools, resources, and specialized services for operational use from third-party vendors that have individual privacy policies and license agreements. Library Services reviews all such policies and agreements to ensure user privacy protections are in place and adhered to.  However, interactions with these systems are governed by the third-party vendors’ individual privacy policies. Check the privacy statements of specific vendors to learn how data is stored and used, or contact Library Services to request a license agreement for any specific vendor. Library Services does not use cookies to collect information about users and library website use. However, Google Analytics and many vendors of licensed resources may require a user accept cookie files. Refusing to accept cookies may degrade or impede the full functionality of certain services or resources.

Security Measures: Library Services uses technical and managerial methods to protect against unauthorized access, loss, use, or disclosure of collected data. Library Services encrypts and encourages its third-party vendors to encrypt internet traffic via the use of SSL certificates and emerging options or through the use of passwords and auditing tools for proper access to data stored on computers and/or servers. The managerial measures used by Library Services include internal organizational procedures that limit access to data and ensure that those individuals with access do not utilize the data for unauthorized purposes.

Staff Access to Personal Data: Only authorized staff with assigned confidential passwords have access to personal data stored in the computer systems for performing their essential duties and fulfilling their responsibilities. Library Services employees will not share any personal data collected from users with any other party except where required by law enforcement agencies or by court order. Library Services does not sell, lease, distribute or in any way release free of charge personal information to individuals, companies, or other higher education institutions.

E. Enforcement & Redress

Library Services will not share data on individuals with third parties unless required by law or court order. Library Services conducts regular privacy audits in order to ensure that all library programs and services are enforcing its privacy policy. Users who have questions, concerns, or complaints about how Library Services manages privacy and confidentiality rights should file written comments with the Director of Library Services. The Director will respond in a timely manner and may conduct a privacy investigation or review of policy and procedures before responding in writing.

Only the Director and/or the Director’s designee can receive or comply with requests from law enforcement officers or with court orders. The Director will confer with University legal counsel before determining the proper response to any law enforcement requests or served court orders. The Director will not make library records available to any individual, local, state or federal agency unless a subpoena, warrant, court order or other investigatory document is issued by a court of competent jurisdiction that shows good cause and is in proper form.  All library staff and volunteers will refer any law enforcement inquiries to the Director of Library Services.

Approved: August 2017

Library Users' Rights and Responsibilities

The Maxwell Library is committed to creating a safe, welcoming space where mutual respect, intellectual collaboration, and active learning find a home on the BSU campus. All library users, librarians and staff share responsibility for maintaining a scholarly environment.

As a library user, you have the right to:

  • A welcoming, inclusive study space
  • A clean, comfortable and safe building
  • Courteous assistance from librarians and staff
  • Access to library resources, regardless of one’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, disability, or age
  • Ask others to refrain from behavior that is not conducive to study and research
  • Request assistance from librarians and staff to maintain an appropriate scholarly environment.

 As a library user, you have the responsibility to:

  • Interact respectfully with other users, librarians and staff
  • Carry your Connect card at all times when in the Library and present it to Library staff upon request
  • Wear a mask or face covering (covering both mouth and nose) while in the library as required by BSU University-wide policy
  • Maintain 6 feet social distancing from other users, library faculty and staff
  • Follow all signs and posted guidelines to minimize potential coronavirus transmission
  • Refrain from disruptive behavior that hinders others’ access to an environment supportive of study, research and collaborative scholarship. This includes:
    • Behavior that contributes to excessive noise levels
    • Threatening, intimidating or harassing behavior
    • Behavior that is potentially unsafe (running, throwing objects, etc.)
  • Maintain a quiet atmosphere in designated quiet study areas
  • Help preserve library resources by refraining from marking, defacing or damaging library materials and equipment
  • Return borrowed items in a timely manner and in good condition (see Borrowing).
  • Comply with directions and requests from librarians and staff.

Library users may request assistance from librarians and staff at any time to address disruptive behavior. Library staff will identify themselves as staff members and request that users comply with Library rules.  Failure to comply with requests to cease inappropriate behavior or to comply with library policies may result in the staff member asking to see a student ID, asking the user to leave the Library, or removal from the premises or other disciplinary sanctions. University Police may be called to assist if circumstances warrant.  Multiple infractions may result in loss of some or all library privileges.

If you have questions or comments about these rights and responsibilities, please contact the Maxwell Library administration (508-531-1255).

MAX Video Streaming


The purpose of this policy is to establish standard practices that support classroom instruction and adhere to intellectual property rights outlined in US Copyright Code, especially the TEACH Act and the DMCA.

Policy Statement:

Where we can obtain the rights to do so, Maxwell Library will stream media required for use in classrooms, for online courses, and as an iterative tool to augment course instruction. Media material that is not required for course content can be placed on Reserves. Streamed content is intended only for students enrolled in courses that instructors have requested such materials. Streamed content can only be made available for student use through an approved University learning management system such as Blackboard. All requests to stream audio and video material will be reviewed on a title‐by‐title basis for copyright compliance.

The Library complies with U.S. Copyright Code (17 USC §1-et.seq.) and other related laws including but not limited to the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act (TEACH Act) 116 Stat. 1758 § 13301and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). 112 Stat. 2860

Available to:

The streaming media service is available to all Bridgewater State University classroom instructors, both full‐time and part‐time.

Viewing Rights:

When purchasing videos or DVDs for instructional support, Maxwell Library attempts to purchase “educational use” viewing rights or their equivalent. “Educational use” is defined or described by the film distributor, vendor, or individual copyright holder and is usually limited to use only in the classroom and only for instructional purposes. Items purchased with “Educational use” cannot be shown in venues outside of the classroom unless the instructor receives express written permission granted by the copyright holder to do so. The library cannot stream videos and DVDs that are protected by digital encryption or Digital Rights Management (DRM) protocols.

NOTE: There is no single standard for viewing rights. To view the specific rights for any visual media materials owned by the Library, consult the individual bibliographic record in the Library’s online catalog.

VIEWING RIGHTS OUTSIDE OF THE US: Videos are released and encrypted with different viewing rights and playback standards in different regions of the world. Videos that stream in the US may not be viewable by students in other parts of the world. Faculty of students studying abroad should be advised that it may be necessary for students in other countries to obtain a copy of the material that is encrypted for the region in which they reside.

What if a DVD cannot be streamed to my class?

DVDs for which we cannot obtain educational viewing rights may be played in part or in whole in the classroom once per course, provided the classroom is equipped with a DVD player. DVDs that cannot be streamed can also be placed on a 2-hour reserve for student use at the request of the faculty member. Students may check out and view the DVD in room L-123.


  1. The use of Videos and DVDs in the classroom is governed by U.S. Intellectual Property Laws, specifically:
    1. The TEACH ACT 6 Stat. 1758 § 13301
    2. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act 112 Stat. 2860
    3. U.S. Copyright Law 17 USC §1-et.seq.
  2. Maxwell Library attempts to purchase all videos and DVDs with performance level viewing rights
    • ◦ The content of videos owned by the library can only be streamed if the viewing rights are expressly granted by law, or agreement with the copyright holder, film distributor, or vendor. The library cannot stream videos and DVDs that are protected by digital encryption or Digital Rights Management (DRM) protocols.
    • The content of items owned by the library, and for which we have educational viewing rights can be made available for student use for the length of the course or for shorter, more specific timeframes.
    • The streamed content can be used simultaneously by an instructor for more than one class per semester and by more than one instructor for classes per semester.
  3. An instructor’s personal copy of a video or DVD can be streamed only once and only for one ten‐day period during the semester. The ten-day timeframe is determined by the instructor. Personal copies of DVDs can be placed on reserve at the request of the instructor. NOTE: If an instructor is the copyright holder, the Library must receive permission in writing to stream the content for more than ten days.
    • Instructors are encouraged to submit requests to the Library to purchase video and DVD titles used for courses taught more than one time.
  4. VIEWING RIGHTS OUTSIDE OF THE US: Videos are released and encrypted with different viewing rights and playback standards in different regions of the world. Videos that stream in the US may not be viewable by students in other parts of the world. Faculty of students studying abroad should be advised that it may be necessary for students in other countries to obtain a copy of the material that is encrypted for the region in which they reside.

  5. A video or DVD purchased by another department, program, or office may not have been purchased with educational viewing rights. For items that have not been purchased with the appropriate viewing rights, the Library will stream the content only once for one ten‐day period of time.
    • Departments are encouraged to submit requests to the Library to purchase video and DVD titles used for classroom instruction.
  6. Maxwell Library will not stream the content of items rented from a commercial provider such as Blockbuster or Netflix, items owned by other libraries, or when the level of viewing rights cannot be determined.


  1. Please use the Max Video Streaming Request Form when requesting this service.
    NOTE: Please allow two weeks for each request. All video and DVD items are streamed (digitized) in real-time. That is, it takes 45 minutes to digitize a title with a running time of 45 minutes. If an instructor requests multiple titles, each is converted one at a time. Be aware, this is a popular service.
  2. Please review the guidelines BEFORE requesting this service.
  3. Once a title has been streamed, the instructor will be sent the corresponding URL for that title via email.
  4. The instructor is responsible for posting the URL to the class’s Blackboard site.
    NOTE: Maxwell Library does not approve nor condone the distribution of streaming media links via email or posting of links in any format other than a password-protected Blackboard site.
  5. Instructors must apprise students of copyright restrictions applicable to specific films, including but not limited to restrictions on capturing streamed content and distributing streamed content.
  6. All links to streamed content will be removed at the end of each semester or at the end of a specified period of time during the semester.

Last revision: September 2021

Maxwell Library Cell Phone Policy

Please respect other Library users’ need for quiet and keep the use of all cell phones, beepers, and similar devices in the Maxwell Library to a minimum.

  • Please set communication devices to silent mode.
  • When using a communication device while you are in the Library, please choose one of the following general locations for your conversation.
    • Ground Floor.
    • First-Floor lobby area between the main doors.
    • Second-floor seating area adjacent to the group study room (room 223).
  • Please respect others by keeping conversations at low levels.
  • We thank you for not receiving or making calls while at any of the Library service desks.

Your cooperation will help create an environment that is more conducive to study and research.

Quiet Study Zone Policy

In response to students’ requests, the Maxwell Library has created designated Quiet Zones on the second and third floors of the Library.

In Quiet Zones:

  • Please be considerate of others by helping to maintain a quiet atmosphere.
  • Turn off cell phone/pager ringers.
  • Personal devices such as radios and music devices should be used with headphones that are not audible to others.
  • No loud or disruptive talking, please.
  • Please hold only brief conversations in low tones.


  1. The quietest area in the building is usually near the 6 individual study tables that are available along the back wall on the west side of the third floor.
  2. Small group study rooms are available for student use only on the second and third floors. They are available on a first come first serve basis. Groups are encouraged to use these group rooms or to work on the first floor of the library.

Rules regarding borrowing, fines and fees

All undergraduate and graduate students may borrow up to 35 items from the library’s General circulating collections, including DVDs, books, musical scores, audio CDs, and other resources. The loan period for most books is 30 days and seven days for audio CDs and DVDs. Items may be renewed once prior to the actual due date. You can renew items online, by telephone or at the Circulation Desk in Maxwell Library. Overdue fines must be paid before renewal. Students must use their Connect Cards to check out library materials.

Fines and fees are paid under the following system


  • Course reserve fines for two-hour, three-hour and overnight loans are $1.00 per hour to a maximum of $10.00 per item. Fines for one-week loans are $1.00 per day to a maximum of $10 per item.
  • Fines for overdue group study room keys and One Button Studio room key is $1.00 per hour.
  • Laptops, iPads, and scanners are $1.00 per day to a maximum of $10.00 per item.

Please note: Some items, particularly Educational Resource Center (ERC) items, accrue fines at a higher hourly rate and therefore a higher daily accrual rate, and they have higher replacement costs. All BSU students who accumulate $10.00 or more in fines or fees will have their library privileges suspended. Transcript and/or registration holds will be placed when students accumulate $20.00 or more in fines or fees. Community library users incurring the same level of fines will have their borrowing privileges suspended until their accounts are settled.

The replacement fee amount for library material:

General Collection

Item  Replacement Fee
Audio CD $45.00
Book $45.00
DVD $75.00
Leisure Reading book $45.00
Musical Score $45.00


Item  Replacement Fee
Calculator $45.00
Chromebook $250.00
Dell Laptop $250.00
DVD Writer $75.00
Headphone $10.00
iPad $250.00
MacBook Pro $500.00
Mac Charger $75.00
Microphone $45.00
Misc Laptop Charger $25.00
Projector $250.00
Remote $45.00
Scanner $100.00
Webcam $100.00
WiFi Hotspot $25.00

Education Resource Center Material

Item Replacement Fee
ERC General Book $45.00
Juvenile Book $20.00
Kit $100.00
Picture Book $20.00
Test Prep Material $45.00
Textbook $45.00


Item Replacement Fee
Group Study Room Key $50.00
Cape Cod Community College 
Funeral Service Book
Fruit Picker $45.00

All items subject to an additional $10 processing fee.

Students returning lost items undamaged within 30 days of replacement and processing fee payment will have the replacement fee refunded.  The processing fee will not be refunded.

Please contact Circulation Services with any questions via telephone at 508.531.1392 or email, or visit


You may request a HOLD on material that is currently checked out to someone else.  You can request a HOLD in person by visiting the Circulation Services desk in Maxwell Library, or by calling 508.531.1392, or by e-mailing Circulation Services at

Security Gate Policy

Each of the exits from the first floor of the Maxwell Library has a security system to ensure that library materials are properly charged out when they leave the building. When an item is charged out at Circulation Services, it is desensitized, which allows the materials to pass through the alarmed gates without sounding. Occasionally, an item may fail to desensitize or a non-library item might activate the alarm.

If the alarm sounds while you are exiting, please return to Circulation Services. Circulation Staff will verify that all library materials are checked out and desensitized. We will also gladly desensitize other materials that might possibly have set off the alarm.

Please note: under Massachusetts General Law, c266, s.99 &100, it is a criminal offense to damage or fail to return library property. A library may take legal action against any person who does not return or pay the replacement cost of lost or damaged library materials.

Selection Policy for Books and Audiovisual Materials

Maxwell Library encourages a partnership between faculty and librarians to develop its collections of books, CDs, videos and DVDs. Library staff members appointed as liaisons collaborate with faculty in specific academic departments to make recommendations for purchase in their respective disciplines. The Collection Development Librarian coordinates this selection process, ensuring balance of the total collection.

Selection Guidelines

  • The library’s first priority is to provide appropriate materials for students and faculty in sufficient quantity and depth to support teaching and basic research in the subject areas of the curriculum.
  • Materials are acquired in greater depth in areas with graduate programs.
  • General interest books and visual materials may be purchased if related to course offerings.
  • Priority is given to current materials of lasting and scholarly value over older materials.
  • Classics in disciplines included in the curriculum should be acquired to fill gaps in the collection.
  • The library primarily acquires English language materials. Items in other languages are selected to support the foreign language curriculum.
  • Textbooks are not normally acquired unless they offer a significant contribution to a field not available in other sources.
  • Materials for collections outside the library’s jurisdiction and materials needed in campus offices and classrooms are not purchased with library funds.
  • Ongoing withdrawal of outdated and damaged materials contributes to the maintenance of an up-to-date and balanced collection.

The following factors are considered in selection:

  • Relevance to the curriculum
  • Support for research needs of students
  • Support for faculty course preparation
  • Relationship to existing holdings
  • Accuracy and objectivity
  • Reputation of the author, publisher, or producer

Sources for selection:

  • CHOICE reviews
  • Reviews in scholarly journals
  • Reviews in library and book trade journals such as Library Journal
  • Published bibliographies
  • Lists of recommended readings for the University’s courses
  • Publishers’ catalogs

Intellectual Freedom

The Library supports the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and the Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries as adopted by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Submitting Requests

Faculty may submit requests for purchase to their library liaison using CHOICE cards, the Online Acquisitions Request Form, or book request slips, available by calling x6016. The library also accepts e-mail, lists, brochures, and publishers’ catalogs that provide adequate bibliographic information for verifying requests. The library online catalog should be checked before submitting a request to verify that the item is not already held by the library.

Rush and reserve requests may also be submitted directly to Stephen Weiter, Interim Library Director.

Status of Orders

Records for on-order materials appear in the library's online catalog. When placing order requests, faculty may ask for notification. If notification is requested, the Circulation Department will contact the requester when the item has been received and hold it at the Circulation desk.

For additional information about the selection process, please contact Stephen Weiter at 508.531.1255.

Policy Adopted: March 2004

Student Group Study Room Use Policy

Policy Statement:

Library Services recognizes there is a shortage of physical space on campus for small groups of students to work together. There are dedicated group study rooms (L123, L222, L223, and L303) in Maxwell Library for students’ use only. There is one dedicated room (L106) for an individual or group of two BSU community members to use for study or consultation.

Occupancy Guidelines:

  1. Student Group Study Rooms
    • Library 222, 223 and 303 are for groups of 2-4 students
    • Library 123 is for groups of 2-8 students
  2. Study/Meeting Room
    • Library 106 is for 1 or a group of 2 BSU community members (faculty, students or staff)

Room Use Guidelines:

  1. Bridgewater State University students requesting the use of a group study room must have a valid Bridgewater State University ConnectCard.
  2. Reservations may be made online up to one week in advance of need.
  3. Maximum time per reservation is 2 hours.
  4. Back-to-back reservations are prohibited.
  5. Maximum weekly use of group study rooms is restricted to six (6) hours.
  6. An email confirmation will be sent to the person reserving the group study rooms.
  7. To use and access a group study room requires a key that is checked out from Circulation Services, located on the first floor of Maxwell Library.
  8. At least two students must be present to check out a Student Group Study Room with the exception of L106.
  9. If the group reserving the study room does not arrive within 15 minutes of the reservation start time, the group study room will be available for other groups on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  10. When a reservation ends, students may go to Circulation Services and request one additional two-hour time block, which may be granted if there are no other reservations or groups waiting for that particular group study room.
  11. If the group exceeds its reserved time block, overdue fines will accrue at the rate of $0.05 per minute.
  12. Library Services is not responsible for lost or stolen personal property.
  13. The student who checked out the room key is responsible for returning the key to Circulation Services. The key must be returned by the designated time. If the key is lost, a $50.00 replacement fee will be charged.

User Responsibility Statement:

  • The person who checks out the room accepts full responsibility for any damage incurred while the room is in his/her custody. The user responsible for the room is strongly encouraged to inspect the room and report any pre-existing damage to the room, and the furniture.
  • The student who checked out the room and the key is responsible for returning the key to Circulation Services. The key must be returned at the designated time. If not, a $0.05 per minute fine will be charged to the student’s account. If the key is lost, a $50.00 replacement fee will be charged to the student’s account.

Addendum: On a first come, first serve basis, an individual student may request the walk-in use of an unreserved group study room.  Advanced registration of the group study rooms is limited to groups.