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General Visitor Information


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Permits are required for parking on the campus of The Catholic University of America. There is no designated guest parking. Metered parking is available on the west side of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and along John McCormack Avenue on the east side of campus. Three-hour street parking is available on Harewood Road along the west side of campus. For more information about parking at CUA, visit

Entering and Exiting Mullen Library

A valid photo ID must be presented to enter the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library. Members of the CUA community may swipe their Cardinal Cards at the gate for access. All other visitors must sign in.

All bags are subject to inspection upon exiting the library.

A wheelchair-accessible entrance is located at the rear of the building.

Food and Drink Policy

Beverages in spill-proof containers are permitted. Food is allowed that is not smelly, greasy, or otherwise messy. Alcohol is prohibited in the University Libraries.

Vending machines are located on the Garden Level of Mullen Library. A cafeteria, food court, and convenience store are located in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, and several restaurants are located along the 600 and 700 blocks of Monroe Street NE.

Smoke-Free Campus

From the Campus Smoke-Free Policy:

Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings, facilities and other enclosed areas owned, operated or leased by the Catholic University of America, including but not limited to academic, administrative, dining, residential, athletic, recreational, service and mixed use building or facilities, and all University vehicles. This smoke-free policy applies to all indoor air space including all common areas (such as classrooms, lounges, restrooms, study areas, stairways and parking garages) and all individually assigned spaces (such as offices).

Smoking is not permitted within 25 feet of an entrance or window of any building.

Children in the Libraries

Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the University Libraries. Library staff may not be asked to monitor unattended children. For more information, please see the Children in Libraries Policy.

Public Computer Use Guidelines

All users, including Non-CUA visitors, may use the five Macintosh computers adjacent from the Information Desk in the lobby of the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library. Please note that Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) are not available on these computers. Please observe the following:
  • The public computers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, during periods of heavy use, priority will be given to students, faculty, and staff of the University followed by visiting researchers.
  • The use of headphones at the public computers is prohibited.
  • The open viewing of pornographic material is prohibited in the University Libraries.
  • The University is not responsible for any loss or damage of data at the public computers, including loss or damage due to network interruptions or the use of external data storage devices. Library staff cannot assist with the recovery of lost data.
  • Library staff will not make any changes to the public computers' settings or configurations. The computers must be used as-is.
  • Printing is free, but will be monitored by Information Desk staff. Excessive printing may result in the loss of printing privileges.

Printing and Copying

Printing from the public computers in the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library is free. However, excessive printing may result in the loss of printing privileges.

Photocopy machines are available on all three floors of the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library and in each campus library location.
  • Copies cost $0.10 per page.A Cardinal Card or generic copy card with a pre-loaded value is required to use the copier.
  • Copy card vending machines are located on the second and third floors of Mullen Library and in the Music Library in Ward Hall. Cards. cost $1.
  • Instruction for purchasing cards and adding value are posted above ach vending machine.
  • For assistance with purchasing copy cards or using the photocopy machines, please visit the Information Desk.
Users with a CUA network login may also use the photocopying machines to scan to email. Non-CUA visitors do not have access to scanning services.

Unattended Items

Do not leave backpacks, laptops, purses, or valuables unattended. Items left unattended may be turned over to the Department of Public Safety.

Study Space

All visitors to the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library are welcome to use the study spaces available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Study spaces cannot be reserved. Unless otherwise posted, the study spaces in Mullen Library allow a different level of noise depending upon the floor. Talking is permitted on the first and second floors. The third floor is silent-study only.

Additional study spaces are available in the campus libraries.

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