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Student Guide to Feinberg Library

Welcome new and returning students! Here you’ll find information and links about how to best use Feinberg Library resources to meet your needs. Our library faculty and staff is always available to help you.

In the Library

  • Get Research Help — Research help desk hours, appointments and more — all the ways you can get your questions answered.
  • Suggest a Purchase — Feinberg Library welcomes suggestions from students for additions to our library collections.


All SUNY Plattsburgh students can borrow materials from Feinberg Library. All you need is your campus ID card. When you borrow our materials, you assume responsibility for all overdue and/or lost items charged to your library account. So use caution: never borrow materials for anyone other than yourself.

Due Dates for Students

  • Books in the general collection and government documents circulate for 30 days, with a maximum of 2 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 My Library Card 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.


Class materials are placed on reserve by faculty. They may be checked out at the second-level service desk for use in the library.

  • Textbooks on Reserve — Check the list to see if we have your text in the library. They can be checked out for two-hour periods at the second-floor service desk.
  • Find Course Reserves in Feinberg — Search our course reserves by instructor or course number.


Graduate students may reserve a secure (locked) library carrel in Feinberg Library. In some cases, applications from advanced honors undergraduates will be considered.

Late Fees

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

Lost Items

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.

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  • Student Employment Opportunities — Information for students wishing to work in Feinberg Library, Feinberg’s main computer lab, the Helpdesk, Interlibrary Loan, or media services.


  • Library Guidelines includes rules for food and drink, photography and videography and building usage that apply to all library patrons.

Study Spaces

While just about the entire building can be used as a place to study, there are some special facilities you’ll want to know about.

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