The A.C. Buehler Library supports the vision and mission of Elmhurst College. In addition, the library has its own Mission Statement and works toward achieving that mission through the Library Action Plan.
The A.C. Buehler Library is a private library with public access whose primary mission is to serve the Elmhurst College community: current students, faculty, staff, and emeriti professors. Visitors to the library who are not current members of the Elmhurst College community are asked to follow the policies for visitors listed at the bottom of this page.
All library users are asked to practice consideration of other users as well as library staff. Elmhurst College, including the library, attempts to establish a climate which encourages the assumption of responsibility by students and others for their individual and collective actions with a minimum of rules and regulations. The library, like the College, asks that students and others conduct themselves in a way that is appropriate for members of an educational institution. Examples of unacceptable behavior include but are not limited to:
The library therefore upholds the Code of Conduct of Elmhurst College as outlined in the E-Book (2012-2013, p. 32-35).
When the behavior of a user constitutes a disruption which interferes with the use of the library by others, interferes with a staff member’s completion of his/her duties or violates the policies of the A.C. Buehler Library, the following progressive steps should be taken:
Library Computer Usage Guidelines
Library computers, including those in the library classroom, are available to the Elmhurst College community and are provided for scholarly and educational research. Library users should display their Jaypass (their Elmhurst College identification card) when requested to do so.
Computers in the library classroom (fishbowl) may be used by members of the Elmhurst College community when class is not session. Class times will be posted each day on the library classroom whiteboard. Library staff reserve the right to ask users to leave the library classroom in advance of a class.
Library users are asked to follow the Policies, Procedures and Guidelines developed by the Office of Information Services.
The primary duty of library staff is to assist users from the Elmhurst College community with their research and educational needs by showing them the electronic and print library resources. Assistance with software, computer programs or troubleshooting should be limited to directing users to program help screens, online tutorials and computer software manuals.
The Elmhurst College community will be allowed to use the computers in the library classroom only when class is not in session. Classes in the library classroom are to be scheduled by librarians. Only classes that rely on librarian collaboration may be scheduled in the library classroom.
The lower level and the second floor of the library are quiet study areas. The main floor is designed to facilitate collaborative work and a more social atmosphere and therefore will be noisier than the other floors. The library staff asks that users be considerate of other library users throughout the library. Quiet study rooms for groups or individuals are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. They may be checked out for a 2 hour period with a valid Jaypass.
Food and Beverages
Library users are allowed to eat snacks or drink beverages that are in containers with lids in any part of the library. Please be respectful of others by cleaning up after yourself and reporting any spills to library staff.
A.C. Buehler Library Usage Guidelines for Visitors
The A.C. Buehler Library welcomes visitors including Elmhurst College alumni, students and faculty from LIBRAS and CARLI member institutions and the general public. Visitors served by other libraries are nonetheless expected to use their home library for in-depth instruction or detailed help with research topics.