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Welcome to the Walter M. Bortz III Library: Library Information

Library Mission Statement

Bortz Library’s mission is to support Hampden-Sydney’s efforts “to form good men and good citizens in an atmosphere of sound learning” by providing students and faculty with quality information resources and services as efficiently as possible.

  • Support learning and teaching in the liberal arts environment by maintaining an appropriate collection of books, periodicals, and non-print materials along with the equipment and software necessary for their use.
  • Provide a facility appropriate for meeting the academic information and services needs of the College by making its resources available via the Internet at any hour and any place students and faculty may need them.
  • Offer resource sharing services supporting faculty and student research.
  • Promote information literacy as we seek to develop independent lifelong learners who can discover, critically evaluate, and employ evolving information resources through carefully planned group and individual bibliographic and technology instruction.

Emergency Response and Recovery Plan

Study Carrel Policy


  • Study Carrels are available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Study spaces, including study carrels and the areas around them, are shared spaces. Carrels may not be reserved


  • Library materials in study carrels must be checked out at the circulation desk. Items that are not checked out may be removed and re-shelved
  • Personal belongings left unattended are at risk of being damaged or stolen. The library is not responsible for items left in study carrels
  • Do not move study carrels and chairs, or affix anything to carrels or windows
  • Users are responsible for removing trash to a receptacle outside the carrel
  • Appliances, including coffee makers, are not permitted and will be removed
  • Food and drink should not be stored in carrels

Policy on Surveillance Cameras

The library employs surveillance cameras as one of a number of measures to preserve a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, and staff. These devices are intended to help protect library materials and property from theft and vandalism and to assist college officials in identifying individuals in violation of the law or college standards of conduct. Signs are posted at library entrances to inform users that cameras are present.

Our cameras are situated to monitor areas of the building that are out of the line of vision of library staff or to provide security in areas where valuable materials are shelved. Cameras are not used in or around restrooms, and care is taken to assure that they do not infringe upon users' privacy concerning reading, viewing, or listening activities in the library. In addition, the cameras will not be used in such a way as to invade the privacy of college employees.

Video files recorded by our cameras are retained for two weeks unless circumstances require holding the video of a particular incident for potential action by college officials. In these cases the video may be used to assist in investigating the incident. The library and computer center staff, assisted by the college police department, will maintain control of and responsibility for the cameras and other security equipment. Authorization from the Dean of the Faculty, the Vice President for Administration, or the Director of Security and Police is required to access video files, except for emergency access by the Library Director. A written request to the Director of Computing will be required to view video files and access to the files by Computer Center staff will be restricted to the Senior Systems Administrator except during times of installation or adjustment when this may include the Windows NT Systems Administrator or the Hardware/Software Specialist.

Investigations involving law enforcement agencies may lead to video files being subpoenaed or made the subject of a warrant.

October 2010

Rare Books Collection and College Archives Access Policy