Feinberg Library Guidelines
Access for All
SUNY Plattsburgh students, faculty, staff, and the general public can all borrow materials from Feinberg Library. Members of our campus community borrow by using their SUNY Plattsburgh identification card. Members of the public need to use a Special Borrowers' Card, which can be obtained by applying at our second-level Service Desk.
When you borrow our materials, you assume responsibility for all overdue and/or lost items charged to your library account. So be sure to use caution: never borrow materials for anyone other than yourself.
- Books in the General Collection and Government Documents circulate for 28 days with a maximum of two renewals.
- Records and Compact Discs circulate for 14 days with a maximum of one renewal.
- Videocassettes and DVDs circulate for seven days with a maximum of one renewal.
- Print reserve materials circulate for two hours but must be used in the library.
- Media reserve materials circulate for three hours but must be used in the library.
Should you need more time with a borrowed item, simply request a renewal at our second-level Service Desk. You may also request a renewal by calling us at 518-564-5182, or by logging into your secure MyLibrary account.
The renewal period is the same as the original loan period. NOTE: you may be denied a renewal if you have any unpaid fines or if another customer has requested one or more of the items.
Late fees are charged only on overdue Reserve items and Interlibrary Loan materials. No late fees are charged for books or media. Your account will be charged as follows:
- Reserve Materials: 50 cents per hour (maximum $25 per item)
- Interlibrary Loan materials — see our Interlibrary Loan page
The library sends notices to borrowers when an item is late and when it is about to be declared lost. When an item is declared lost, the borrower is charged the cost that Feinberg Library incurs to replace it; this policy includes books, clickers, headphones, wireless mice and presenters. “Banner holds” will be placed on student accounts. Students with Banner holds cannot register for classes.
Borrowing Information for Guests — Alumni, Open Access Students & Faculty, Emeriti, & the General Public
Accessing Collections & Reference ServicesVisitors to Feinberg Library have access to all collections and reference services. If you are interested in borrowing from our collection, you will need to purchase a Guest Borrower’s Card. Applications are available at the second-level Service Desk. You will need to show a valid form of identification (e.g., a driver’s license) when you apply.
- Guest borrowers (including alumni) — the annual fee is $25. Please note that Reference materials, periodicals, and some media and government documents do not circulate.
- Emeriti — no fee; use faculty ID
- Open Access borrowers — no fee; however, two forms of identification are required, with one being a student ID.
There is a limit of 25 items on loan at a time. The loan periods are the same as those for SUNY Plattsburgh students, as follows:
- Open shelf books: 28 days (2 renewals)
- Government Documents: 28 days (2 renewals)
- Records, Compact Discs: 14 days (1 renewal)
- Videocassettes and DVDs: seven days (1 renewal)
SUNY Plattsburgh emeriti have the same loan period as faculty (90 days with two renewals).
Services for Guest Borrowers
Guest borrowers can…
- request to be logged-on to a computer around the level-two stairway. No online accounts are established. Priority access is given to enrolled students;
- renew materials by calling the second-level Service Desk at 518-564-5182, or visit the library in person. There are no fees for late materials; however, if materials are more than 25 days late, they will be considered lost, and a replacement cost will be charged.
Guest borrowers cannot…
- use our wireless connections
- use the services available at the first-level Service desk (Computer Lab area);
- use Interlibrary Loan services;
- check-out materials from Special Collections, as these are available to all for in-library use only. Visit Special Collections for more information.
- check out periodicals or materials placed on reserve.
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.
Assignment of Carrels
- 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.
- Applications are available at the second-floor Service Desk in Feinberg Library or online:
- 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)
- Persons may share a carrel if both parties agree. Since there is a limited number of reserved carrels, sharing is appreciated.
Library Carrel Use Procedures
- Carrel users must adhere to carrel procedures on the use of the carrels.
- The individual(s) to whom the carrel is assigned is responsible for any infraction of the regulations or damage to the facility. Repeated violation may result in the loss of use of the carrel.
- 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, Barbara Criss, 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.
- 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.
Food & Drink Guidelines
Love Your Library & Labs: Leave no Trace
Feinberg Library has adapted Leave No Trace principles* of outdoor ethics to its food and drink guidelines: Learn more by reading the full guidelines.
Guidelines & Exceptions
Food and drink are allowed in Feinberg Library, subject to the following guidelines and 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/technology 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 and technology 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.
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 and staff.
Approval Process for Students, Faculty, & Staff
Feinberg Library requires that all photography and videography* sessions in the facility 1) be approved by the Dean or Assistant Dean of Library and Information Technology Services; 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 Dean or Assistant Dean when seeking approval;
- The exact nature of the project should be discussed with the Dean or Assistant Dean 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 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.).
Information for Students
Class materials are placed on reserve by faculty. They may be checked-out at the second-level Service Desk for use in the library.
Information for Faculty
E-reserves services have moved to Moodle. We encourage faculty to use Moodle, and we will be glad to help guide you. To get started, see our Instructions for faculty. Faculty are responsible for following copyright guidelines when posting material in their courses (see: copyright law of 1976).
Print reserves are library materials or faculty’s personal items, kept behind the second-level Service Desk for students to check out and use in the library.
- Submit the print reserve form at least two weeks in advance to place physical materials on reserve for your students; this will ensure items are available for your use. Bring your materials to the second-level Service Desk in Feinberg library.
Schedule media items for a short period of time, for specific dates only. Media Holds for classroom use will be pulled from circulation two days before the date needed, signed out to the instructor, and held at the second-level Service Desk. Once returned, they will be put back into circulation.
- Submit the media reserve form at least two weeks in advance to request Media Holds; this will ensure items are available for your use.
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.
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 print signage is placed in approved holders or in our bulletin board locations. No hand-written 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.