Guest patron usage of the library

As a private University library, Emerson Library’s primary responsibility is to serve Webster University students, faculty, and staff. We are pleased to make our library available to visitors as well, provided the following guidelines are observed.

Adult Visitors

Adult visitors outside the University community who wish to do research in the library are welcome. Most of the library's resources are available for use on the premises except in cases where priority must be given to Webster or Eden classes or where contractual agreements bar us from allowing use by outside users.


Children under the age of 16 are not to be left unattended on campus property. Children must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are responsible for their children, or guests, while on campus property. Students, faculty, or staff will be held accountable for any inappropriate behavior of their children or guest(s).

High School Students

Emerson Library does not provide open access for high school students. High school students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while at the library. The only exception to this occurs when a high school student has a valid InfoPass from their home library. High school students who violate any policies or who create any disturbance will be asked to leave and not return. Their names will be retained by the University Office of Public Safety and the library and will also be forwarded to the principal of the high school.

Appropriate Behavior at Webster University

All guests and visitors to the University are expected to abide by all University and library regulations and guidelines, including safety and public access restrictions.

Disruptive activities are not permitted in the library. Personal hygiene that constitutes a nuisance to other patrons is not permitted in the library.

The library reserves the right to remove or restrict guests and visitors from its facility who violate these guidelines or cause disruptions or nuisances to Webster students, faculty and staff and to library programs, activities, services, and/or classes.




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