The Gordon Library seeks to provide all library patrons with a welcoming, comfortable, and safe environment to support their research, learning, and study needs.
General Use & Conduct
All library users are expected to respect library facilities, other users, and staff; and all users are required to comply with directions from library staff and other WPI officials in the performance of their duties. Disruptive or hostile behavior of any sort is not permitted and will not be tolerated.
To ensure that students who need quiet study are not disturbed, all users are asked to respect designated quiet study areas, which include the first floor of the library. Other quiet study areas are noted on posted library floor plans.
Food and drink are allowed in most parts of Library except where otherwise posted. To help keep the library clean, please protect library materials and equipment, and use designated trash and recycle bins.
Users who do not comply with the Gordon Library Use & Conduct Policy may be asked to leave the building or refused future access. Problems, concerns or policy violations may be reported to any library staff member or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use of library electronic resources implies acceptance of the WPI Acceptable Use Policy.
Personal research use: Gordon Library licenses electronic resources from publishers and information providers to support the research, teaching, and learning needs of the WPI community. In most cases, the terms of our license agreements limit access to current WPI students, faculty and other employees, for personal research use. Licensed library resources cannot be used for commercial purposes; and users should not allow non-WPI users to access licensed electronic resources.
Systematic downloading prohibited: Publishers and information providers prohibit systematic downloading or republishing of articles, books, search results, and other information from licensed databases and other research products. Prohibited use includes downloading thousands of records from databases, or entire works, whether journals or books. Systematic downloading, even for personal research purposes, can result in temporary and partial or complete loss of access to this content for other WPI users. In this case WPI will investigate usage reports to identify users who are violating the publisher’s license, so that steps can be taken to resolve the situation and restore access to other users.
Data mining: Some library resource licenses permit data mining of resources, with prior notice to the library and to the publisher. For more information please consult a research librarian who can refer you to the appropriate staff member to pursue this option.
Use of library computers implies acceptance of the WPI Acceptable Use Policy. Current WPI students, faculty and, staff may use any of the computers located throughout the library after logging in with their WPI username and password.
WPI alumni and Academic and Research Collaborative (ARC) visitors may use the computers on the main floor upon presentation of a photo ID and either a WPI alumni library card or an ARC card. Computer access is not available for public use. Although WPI alumni and ARC members are welcome to use these specific computers, WPI students, faculty, and staff have priority over other users.
Please note that many of WPI’s licensing agreements limit access to currently enrolled WPI students and current WPI staff and faculty.
For information on printing, scanning, borrowing technology, or using your own laptop in the building, please consult the library’s Borrow Technology page or inquire at the IT Service Desk located on the library’s main entrance level.
The library offers 11 meeting rooms for students, equipped with computers, monitors, and whiteboards, and seating 6 or more students. More information is available about Tech Suite reservation policies and online reservations here.
Labs and Conference Rooms
Several library spaces and labs, including Anderson Lab A, Lab B, and Gordon Conference Room 303 are primarily available for WPI faculty and staff, and can be reserved online for use M-F between 8am and 5 pm. For support operating any equipment in these rooms, please contact the Academic Technology Center at x5220. During the academic year, after regular business hours and on weekends, the Anderson Labs are open labs for all WPI community members, and cannot be reserved. For more information and to reserve these spaces, see our room reservation page.