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Library Policies

Study Environment

Always let the librarian at the Reference or Service Desk know if you are disturbed by others' inappropriate behavior while using library facilities. Aside from Pellissippi State Library at the Hardin Valley Campus, all other libraries have one floor, which is designated for quiet conversation, and at least one study room for group interaction and discussion.

Hardin Valley

  • Reference and Circulation Desk Areas (1st floor): Quiet conversation is acceptable in these first floor areas, but everyone is expected to keep their voices low so as not to disturb others nearby. Some noise can be expected in areas where library staff members are helping library users and in the hallway from people passing through the building. If you need a place for quieter study, please move to the second floor library areas.
  • Quiet Study Areas (2nd floor): Second floor library areas (with the exception of the group study rooms) are designated for quiet study. There should be very minimal conversation in these areas.
  • Group Study Rooms (1st & 2nd floors): Students needing a location for group interaction and discussion may reserve a group study room online or may stop by the Reference Desk to request a reservation.

Use of Library Facilities

Library Services strives to provide an environment conducive to study and research for all library users. In order to maintain such an environment, all patrons are expected to behave reasonably, use the facilities and resources appropriately, and to respect others. Food, drinks, and the use of tobacco products are not permitted in library areas.

Radios, CD players, and similar devices should not be used without personal earphones. Even with earphones, if the sound is audible to those around you, you will be asked to turn the volume down or turn the device off.

Turn cell phones and paging devices off (or to vibrate mode) in all library areas. Step into the hallway or outside to make or receive phone calls. Cell phone use is not permitted inside library area.

Exhibits and Displays


The Library Gallery space is located at the Pellissippi State Library at the Hardin Valley Campus in ER143 and is open to the public during library hours. The goal of the art gallery is to display works that reflect the curriculum, activities, ideas, scholarship, current events, and culture of Pellissippi State Community College and the regional community. The program of exhibits is meant to engage the interest and thinking of those on campus.

Submission and Selection

Anyone may submit work to be displayed in the Library Gallery. Preference will be given to work that reflects the activities, ideas, scholarship, and culture of the College and community. Librarians and Art Faculty will be responsible for all decisions regarding the acceptance of art exhibition proposals. Please contact Mary Ellen Spencer ( to express interest in displaying work.

Security and Liability

Pellissippi State Community College accepts no responsibility for damage to, or loss of, art pieces at any time while on display or being transported. The contributor must complete an Exhibit Release Form before the display is installed. Pellissippi State Community College does not provide insurance for artwork on exhibit. If the artist wishes to insure work, it is the artist’s responsibility.

Installation and Removal

All artwork must be ready to display with hanging wire secured on the back. If exhibitors wish to label work, labels must be provided with the artwork. Librarians and Art Faculty are responsible for hanging work, but exhibitors may assist. Exhibitors must deliver work to the Pellissippi State Library at the Hardin Valley Campus three days before the work is to be hung and pick work up within seven days after the display ends, unless other arrangements are made. The Libraries reserve the right to dispose of artwork not picked up within 30 days of the closing of the exhibition and are not held responsible for its safety in the interim.


The Libraries will promote exhibitions through the Libraries website, newsletter, blog, and other outlets as appropriate.