Feinberg Library Guidelines
General Library Guidelines
Food & Drink Guidelines
- Guidelines & Exceptions
- Deposit all recyclable food and drink packaging in the recycling bins located throughout the library.
- Pack it in, pack it out: carry out any non-disposable dishes, silverware, etc., that you bring into the library.
- Bring drinks in covered, spill-proof containers or capped bottles.
- If you must dispose of beverages, pour liquids into the bathroom sink or water fountain before recycling or throwing away the containers.
- Place food and drink garbage in trash cans carefully to avoid splattering food and drink on the walls and library materials and computer/media equipment.
- Report accidental spills to the staff as soon as possible.
- Food and drink are not permitted in Special Collections.
- Food is not permitted in our deep quiet area on level two.
- Food is not permitted at any of the computer workstations throughout the library (except for the 1st-floor extended lab area and the 2nd-floor study carrels).
- Food is not permitted in either of the library’s e-classrooms (FL108 and FL129)
- Food is not permitted in library student employee public work areas.
By observing our food and drink guidelines, you help to…
- Promote recycling of appropriate food and drink packaging;
- Preserve our library collections and protect our facility from pests and harmful molds;
- Ensure the health and safety of all library users and a long life for our collections, furnishings, and equipment;
- Respect our hard-working custodial staff by taking responsibility for our personal behavior;
- Save library funds to purchase materials and equipment in support of the curriculum, rather than to replace items damaged by food and drink.
*For more information on Leave No Trace principles, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics website.
This policy was revised with permission from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Family Study Room Guidelines
- About the Family Study Room
Feinberg Library’s Family Study Room is a space intended to make life on campus a little easier for students who are parents.
Located on level three in room 315, the space is open to all students with a child under the age of 12 on a first-come, first-served basis. It features toys, comfortable seating, books, a desktop computer, and more.
To use the room, check in and check out.
- Stop at the main Service Desk on level two to request access.
- When you are finished, please inform our staff at the main Service Desk. You can do so in person or by calling the Desk at extension 5182 from the phone in the room.
Please note: the library does not provide childcare. The Family Study Room is a family-friendly place where students with children can study and work on projects with their children.
- Guidelines for Using the Family Study Room
- A SUNY Plattsburgh ID is required to use the room.
- Parents are responsible for their children’s safety and behavior.
- Children in Feinberg Library must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The room is only available for use by SUNY Plattsburgh students when accompanied by a child. We will notify University Police if a child is found unattended anywhere in the library.
- Students using the room are responsible to ensure respect for the library’s noise-level policy.
- Please do not leave any personal items in the room. Personal items left in the room will be submitted to Feinberg Library Lost and Found.
- Library resources are not censored. Parents are responsible for monitoring what their children access, both online and in print.
- Please clean up after yourself and let us know at the Service Desk if there are any issues with the room that need attention.
- The computer in the room is for use by the student only.
- When you are finished using the room, please stop by the main Service Desk on level two to inform our staff. Or, notify staff by calling extension 5182.
Carrel Reserve Guidelines
- Eligibility for Reserving a Carrel
Faculty, staff, and graduate students may reserve a secure (locked) library carrel in Feinberg Library. In some cases, applications from advanced honors undergraduates will be considered. These carrels are located on the third-floor mezzanine of Feinberg Library. Use the Carrel Reserve Form to request a carrel.
- Assignment of Carrels
- Capacity is limited to one person per carrel.
- No food or drink is allowed.
- Faculty members will be given preference in the assignment of the carrels.
- Faculty and graduate students may request to be put on a waiting list (which is maintained in chronological order).
- Faculty may be assigned carrels on an annual basis contingent upon availability and demand.
- Graduate students are assigned carrels on a semester basis.
- Library carrel privileges are non-transferable.
- For advanced honors undergraduate students, an approval from the director of the honors program will be required.
- Library Carrel Use Procedures
- Carrel users must adhere to carrel procedures on the use of the carrels.
- Carrels may be used ONLY when the library is open.
- The library is not responsible for damage or theft of property left in carrels. Valuables should not be left in the carrels. Carrels should be locked at all times.
- Library materials left in carrels must be checked out. The library reserves the right to a periodic inspection of the carrel to ensure that materials are checked out. If there are materials in the carrel of this nature, there will be a violation filed against that carrel holder.
- The library will not release the assigned carrel numbers to anyone due to confidentiality.
- No furniture can be removed or added.
- Nothing is to be attached to the walls, door, or window. Windows cannot be covered due to Fire Code Regulations. Only UL-approved space heaters and electronics are allowed. Please shut them off and unplug them after each use.
- Please report damages to the second-floor service desk supervisor at 518-564-5188, so that we may rectify the problem.
- Carrels are not sound proof, so please be considerate.
- The individual(s) to whom the carrel is assigned is responsible for any infraction of the regulations or damage to the facility. Repeated violation of the regulations may result in the loss of use of the carrel.
- Three violations of the carrel procedures may lead to loss of use of reserved carrels.
- Food and drink guidelines apply to carrels.
- Carrel Keys
- The carrel key is not to be duplicated. Students who do not return their keys at the end of the semester will be charged a $25 replacement fee for the carrel key. A Banner hold will be placed on their account. Faculty who do not return their key when finished with the carrel will be charged a replacement fee.
- If a key is lost, the holder of the key is responsible for paying the key replacement fee. The staff of the second-floor service desk will provide one complimentary opening.
- Payments for lost carrel keys may be made using a debit or credit card via our secure Feinberg Library Payments page.
Copyright & Fair Use Guidelines for Interlibrary Loan
- About Interlibrary Loan Policies & Copyright Law
Though ILL is intended to assist in the academic and professional development of our patrons, respect must be given to federal copyright law and national ILL policies. As such, Feinberg Library interlibrary loan services adheres to the American Library Association's guidelines for interlibrary loan policies as well as provisions within federal copyright law. These policies and procedures are inherent and isolated to ILL and should not have any bearing on other library copyright policies (such as reserves). These policies apply to all reproductions and facsimiles made for the express purpose of interlibrary loan.
- Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproduction of copyrighted materials.
Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or another reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purposes other than private study, scholarship or research”. If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposed in excess of “fair use”, that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request would involve violation of copyright law.
Photography & Videography in Feinberg Library Guidelines
We welcome student, faculty, and staff use of our beautiful Feinberg Library facility for photo and videography projects. Our goal is to support the academic mission of the college. At the same time, we are committed to maintaining the facility for its primary purpose, which is to provide a research and study sanctuary, computing facilities, and work spaces for faculty, staff, and students.
- Approval Process for Students, Faculty & Staff
Feinberg Library requires that all photography and videography* sessions in the facility 1) be approved by a Feinberg Library administrator or a library supervisor; and 2) meet the following guidelines:
- The activity shall not disrupt or in any way interfere with the purpose of Feinberg Library;
- The activity shall not conflict with the mission and values of SUNY Plattsburgh;
- Location releases and model releases should be discussed with the library director or assistant director when seeking approval;
- The exact nature of the project should be discussed with a Feinberg Library administrator or a library supervisor when seeking approval.
*Videography refers to the process of capturing moving images on electronic media for storage or streaming.
- Approval Process for Persons or Entities Outside of the Campus Community
Please contact SUNY Plattsburgh’s Office of Strategic Communications & Marketing.
Quiet Area Guidelines
- Guidelines for Quiet Areas
All Feinberg Library spaces are Learning Zones, expected to be conducive to studying, researching, and reading.
- Study Areas — levels one and two. Normal conversation.
- Quiet Area — level three. Whispered conversations.
- Deep Quiet Area — room behind reference on level two. Silent zone. No study groups, food, or conversation are allowed. Beverages are allowed. Electronic devices are permitted as long as their use does not produce sound (no noisy keypads, ringers, alerts, etc.).
These guidelines apply to all three levels of Feinberg Library.
Our building signage is intended to convey important information to our visitors, helping them to find the people and services they seek. Our signage is designed to be professional, clear, consistent, well-placed, and in accord with SUNY Plattsburgh’s official standards for graphic design.
We understand that visitors make judgments about a facility and an organization based on signage. Therefore, we strive to create a signage environment that follows a high quality standard.
Messages in our signs are designed to avoid being confusing or frustrating to read. We are careful to consolidate our signs in locations that make sense to visitors, and not place them in a myriad of locations around the building.
- Permanent Signage
Feinberg’s permanent signage uses a high-contrast color scheme of dark blue on light silver. The blue type font harmonizes with the building’s main accent color; this font (Univers) is also an approved choice in the college’s design palette.
- Temporary Signage
Temporary print signage is placed in approved holders or in our bulletin board locations. No handwritten signs are allowed, except in emergency situations. With the exception of our large-display and special-event artwork, posters are no larger than 11x17. Left or right alignment is preferred for messages with longer text, so as to assist the reader by creating a strong vertical edge.
Print images are high resolution (300 dpi). Electronic images are low resolution (72 dpi). Approved electronic signage may be placed in the slide rotation on building computer screens.