Philosophy of Hunter Library Public Services

The Hunter Library Public Services staff strives to provide quality library and information services to in-Library and remote patrons. Through personalized service and instruction, patrons learn how to locate, use, evaluate, and borrow Library resources. Referrals are made when Hunter Library resources have been consulted and the patron needs additional information.

Access Policy

While Hunter Library’s primary mission is to support the teaching, research, and public service programs of Western Carolina University, the Library is open to any individual age fourteen (14) and over. In accordance with Western Carolina University Policy 71, people under the age of fourteen (14) must be accompanied by an adult while on campus, which includes Hunter Library. North Carolina residents not affiliated with WCU may purchase a card for $10 per year to check out certain Library materials.


Guidelines for Behavior in Hunter Library

Hunter Library is committed to maintaining an environment conducive to research and study, and to respect the rights and needs of others. It is a place for individual study or group study related to shared projects. Hunter Library has zero tolerance for disruptive and/or destructive behavior. To this end, all Library patrons are expected to conduct themselves accordingly. WCU students in Hunter Library shall follow the University’s Code of Student Conduct. When inappropriate behavior is brought to the Library's attention and the behavior continues, this may result in staff requesting the offender(s) to leave the Library premises immediately. Library staff will contact the Campus Police if the disruptive behavior does not stop, or if a patron refuses to leave when requested to do so. Student Affairs may also be contacted for disciplinary action.


Cell Phone Guidelines in Hunter Library

Cell phones in Hunter Library should have their ringers turned off or silenced as a courtesy to others. Cell phones interfere with the Library’s security system and may set off the alarm at the entrance gates.


Hunter Library Front Door Signage

Signs posted on the front entrance and lobby doors of Hunter Library will contain Library-related information only. There are bulletin boards in the vestibule of Hunter Library for campus-related signs.



In accordance with North Carolina law, smoking is not permitted anywhere in the Hunter Library building or outside the front entrance.


Other Hunter Library Policies:

Circulation/Borrowing Policies
ILL Policies
Collection Development Policies (including gift policy, withdrawal policy, intellectual freedom)



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