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JKM Library Building Policies

Food and Drink in the JKM Library

Beverages and snacks are permitted in the Library and the computer labs.

Clean up after yourself! 

Recycle and dispose of all waste properly.

Report any spills as soon as possible to the Circulation Desk.

Poster and Flyer Posting Policy from Student Affairs:

Please consider this a friendly reminder regarding the “Poster and Flyer Posting Policy at Chatham University.”

Bulletin Board Posting Policy

There are several designated areas on campus (Shadyside & Eastside) where the posting of approved flyers and posters are appropriate and welcome including bulletin boards (unless labeled specific to a department or group), kiosks, and external boards such as the one outside of Café Rachel.

For reasons of safety and to protect University property, flyers may NOT be posted in the following locations (and are subject to immediate removal):

  • on interior or exterior signage
  • on windows of exit/entry doors
  • on wooden doors
  • on painted surfaces
  • on furniture

The Office of Student Affairs coordinates the approval and display of flyers on campus bulletin boards. Unapproved flyers on campus bulletin boards are subject to removal. Please include the following information on your flyers:

  1. Responsible department/staff
  2. Contact Information

If you are displaying flyers off campus, you must also have the flyers approved and date stamped by the Office of Student Affairs.

VERY IMPORTANT & EFFICIENT: Please bring in the original flyer to be approved and date stamped before you make copies of them.

Please note that there are a couple of ways to display flyers on the bulletin boards.

  1. Bring in the flyers to the Office of Student Affairs, located on the 1st floor of the Carriage House, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to be approved and date stamped. Once the flyer is approved and date stamped, you may make copies and display the flyers on the bulletin boards on your own. The office can provide you with a listing of the bulletin boards.
  1. You can also request for flyers to be displayed by Student Affairs staff. To do so, flyers must be for events dated no more than two weeks past the distribution dates listed below.  Also, the flyers must be turned in by 5pm by the due date indicated below.  Flyers will be displayed or received after the deadline must be hung by the individual or organization themselves.  There will be no exceptions to this policy. Please only turn in the flyers on or immediately prior to the due dates you select. We are unable to store your flyers for future distribution date/s.

Flyers Due

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Affairs at 412-365-1286, or stop by and visit us on the 1st floor of the Carriage House.  We will be happy to help you promote your event(s).

Dear Chatham Community,

It is Chatham’s desire to afford students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus the right to breathe clean air while also maintaining the rights of our constituents to make their own health choices.   We are about to amend the smoking policy at Chatham to address serious and ongoing complaints from community members about cigarette smoke.  The problem has worsened this semester particularly in the area of Braun directly across from Café Rachel.  Public safety has asked smokers to move away from this area and facilities staff has moved the cigarette butt caddies away from the building almost on a daily basis, but to no avail.  The smokers just return to smoke close to the building.   There are several community members with offices in Braun Falk Coolidge (BFC) who have respiratory issues which cigarette smoke aggravates.  This and the fact that both City and County ordinances call for smoking away from building entrances have led Chatham to make the following changes:

  • Smoking will be prohibited in areas where offices and classrooms can be impacted.  This means smoking anywhere around BFC, including the Buhl side of the building is prohibited.
  • The benches in the area immediately across from Café Rachel were removed to encourage smokers to go elsewhere.  These benches were badly deteriorated anyway and were slated for repair (replanking).  Once repaired, these benches will be reinstalled elsewhere on the Library quad along with two additional benches and a stationary picnic table.
  • A “smoking pavilion” will be erected just to the right of the ADA ramp to the right of the Library.  This will be the designated smoking area for the buildings around the Library quad.  The design of the pavilion will be like a small picnic pavilion and will include a picnic table.  It is our intent that this area will be both convenient for students who want to smoke but will also be far enough away from BFC and other buildings that the smoke will not impact other community members.   Note that we had a similar situation at Eastside with complaints about tenants and students smoking too close to the building.  In this case we constructed a modest smoking pavilion  which seems to have alleviated 95% of the complaints of non-smokers.
  • Finally, we do not currently have an enforcement tool if smokers insist on smoking close to buildings; therefore , we will implement a $25 fine per offense.  In addition, the clean-up of spent cigarettes that are flicked or dropped require significant efforts by facilities.  This type of littering will also be subject to a $25 fine.  Fines will be levied by University Safety Officers.

It is our desire to strike a balance between smokers and non-smokers; however, non-smoker concerns must take priority.  We reviewed what a number of other schools have done and we think these new procedures are balanced.  CMU’s policy says it as clearly as any, “Where the desire of smokers to smoke conflicts with the desire of nonsmokers to breathe smoke-free air, the desire to have smoke-free air will have priority.”  We will continue to monitor the situation. 

Zauyah Waite, Ph.D.                                                                          Walt Fowler

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students                Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

All areas of the Library, except for the 2nd floor, are appropriate for group work. 

Please be aware of your surroundings and the fact that other people may be trying to get their work done. 

Keep conversation noise levels so that those at your table can hear you, but those near you don't have to (you know, use your inside voice). 

The second floor of the Library is a designated quiet study area. There are individual study carrols and indivdual study rooms that allow for serious concentration and quiet daydreaming. No group work should be done on this floor, unless it is in one of the 3 group study rooms with the door closed.

For more information about individual or groups study rooms, visit the Room Reservations tab

If you need to use a phone, you have the following options:

1. Call Boxes

  • Emergency call boxes are located throughout the campus, and provide a direct line to the campus police officers.

2. On campus calling

  • Use the phone at the back of the big computer lab (Lab 101). 

3. Public use of the Reference Desk phone is at the Reference Librarian's discretion. 

There are three computer labs in the JKM Library: lab 101 (the big lab), lab 102 (LCC1), and the 24/7 lab.

Lab Computers:

  • To log on you need a user name and password from IT.
  • Any issues with a lab computer? Call the IT Helpdesk at 412-365-1112 (there is a phone in the back of lab 101). The librarians can do very little to help you with computer issues. 


  • Students are given 300 sheets per sememster to print. This quota resets January 1, May 1, and August 1. 
  • There are three printers in lab 101 and one in the 24/7 lab. 
  • Any issues with a lab computer? Call the IT Helpdesk at 412-365-1112 (there is a phone in the back of lab 101). The librarians can do very little to help you with computer issues. 


  • There are two copiers in the Library: one on the first floor and one in the basement.
  • Each copy costs $0.10 per page. The copier can take change and small bills. 
  • The Library will not make change for the copier.
  • Any issues with copying and you need to call the Copy Center at 412-365-1108 (there is a phone in the back of lab 101). The librarians can do very little to help you with copier issues. 


  • The copiers are also scanners. The directions are on the top of the machine.
  • Any issues with these scanners? Call the Copy Center at 412-365-1108 (there is a phone in the back of lab 101). The librarians can do very little to help you with scanner issues. 
  • There are scanners connected to the computers in lab 101. 
  • Any issues with a lab computer? Call the IT Helpdesk at 412-365-1112 (there is a phone in the back of lab 101). The librarians can do very little to help you with computer issues. 


  • Students who need to fax should go to the Copy Center located in the basement of Falk Hall.


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