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Safety and Hygiene


The University Libraries adhere to the guidelines promulgated by the UB Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion which state, "UB Community members are entitled to use restroom facilities that are consistent with their gender identity."

  • Single-use restrooms
  • Bathing is not allowed in University Libraries restrooms. The bathrooms across from the Muslim Student Association (Room 320 Student Union) contain facilities to make wudu. They also have specialized Istinjaa accessories.


For safety and hygiene reasons:

  • Bare feet and/or stocking feet are not permitted in UB Libraries.
  • Shirts should be worn at all times.
  • Strong odors such as those associated with inadequate personal hygiene or strong perfumes must not disturb others who are using the Libraries.
  • The Libraries may not be used for prolonged sleeping or as living quarters. Other than incidental napping, users must not sleep for extended periods on couches, chairs, floors or any other furniture in the Libraries.


To ensure a safe environment for all visitors:

  • Bicycles, roller blades, skates, skateboards, non-motorized and/or motorized wheeled devices are prohibited in the Libraries. These restrictions do not apply to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mobility devices or medical assistive devices, baby strollers, or to university staff and contractors in the course of their work.
  • Appliances of any type are prohibited in the Libraries. This includes, but is not limited to hot plates, coffee makers, refrigerators, microwaves, etc.
  • Pathways, hallways and doorways must not be obstructed by furniture.

Service Dogs

As stated in UB policy, and in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service dogs are welcomed and permitted in the UB Libraries. The ADA defines service animals as those that are trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. Staff may ask if a dog is needed due to a disability and what tasks the dog is trained to perform. Please be aware that:

  • All dogs must be licensed and vaccinated.
  • Service dogs are allowed to accompany their owners in the Libraries, provided they are leashed (not to exceed six feet in length), under control, and do not display disruptive behavior such as barking or growling.
  • The service dog's behaviors or actions should not pose an unreasonable or direct threat to the health or safety of others.
  • If you are uncomfortable in the presence of a service dog, please see library staff.
  • The handler is responsible for cleaning up any excreta made by the service dog.
  • If the handler does not conform to these guidelines, the service dog may not remain in the library.

Emotional Support or Comfort Animals

As defined under the Fair Housing Act, emotional support or comfort animals are prohibited in all campus buildings, including the Libraries. However, under certain conditions, emotional support animal permissions may be available only through the Office of Accessibility Resources.

Food and Beverages

To maintain an environment appropriate for everyone who uses the University Libraries collections, furnishings, equipment and study areas, please follow these guidelines:

  • Food or beverages are not allowed in University Archives or Special Collections.
  • Food is not allowed in the Silverman Reading Room.
  • Clean up and dispose of trash in appropriate containers.
  • Use spill-proof containers (with a cap or lid) for beverages.
  • Report spills to library staff.
  • Refrain from ordering food for delivery to the Libraries.
  • If your food disrupts others, you will be asked to put your food away or enjoy it elsewhere.