This campaign aims to spread awareness of what it means to be part of a broad community and how to behave within that community. While we are happy to welcome so many students daily, we also expect students to follow certain rules (of conduct) while visiting our locations.  

A shared home away from home 

Our home away from home is not just one of the locations for the Maastricht University (UM) community. It is also located in a residential area, which means we share the district with many neighbours. This makes us all a neighbour too to the people living in the area. Using Inner City Library as your home away from home, we ask you to respect your own home, neighbourhood and community!  

We have been receiving complaints about the disturbance caused by some of our students. The disturbance is also one of the reasons the library does not offer late-night opening hours during pre-exam weeks again after repealing the XXL hours last winter due to sustainability reasons. This is why we want to remind you that taking care of our community is a shared responsibility. The disturbance includes litter, cigarette butts, parking bikes and gathering in the streets and noise nuisance. Even though it is just a small group of students causing the disturbance and some students don’t face the problems personally, we all bear the responsibility to treat our shared home with respect. If you find yourself or others bothered by undesirable behaviour, please address the perpetrator yourself. 

Rules (of conduct) 

While visiting Inner City Library, the following rules apply: 

  • All indoor and outdoor areas of UM are smoke-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about a smoke-free UM, read the information on the UM website. 
  • Parking your bicycle is only allowed in the designated places. 
  • Throw your trash in the trash bins. If a bin is not available right away, take your trash with you until you see one. 

We also expect all visitors to respect our community and neighbourhood. In and around ICL, keep others in mind: 

  • Lower your voice within the building and reduce noise when leaving Inner City Library as well. 
  • We foster an open community, so when you address someone about their behaviour, or when you are the one being addressed to for your behaviour, treat each other with respect. 
  • Limit the negative impact of smoking on your fellow students, colleagues and local residents when smoking outside the borders of the smoke-free areas, at the entrances to UM buildings or near surrounding houses.   
  • Do not gather in front of the doors of surrounding houses, nor block the street for passersby.  

Please keep in mind that if you don’t follow the rules that apply, you may and can be fined.  

Do you have a question or want to share your thoughts about the campaign? 

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