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Visitor Guide

Welcome to Syracuse University Libraries. This guide is intended for visitors who are not affiliated with Syracuse University, but who wish to make use of the Libraries' collections and/or facilities. Syracuse University Libraries include Bird Library, the Carnegie Library and smaller branches. This guide does not apply to the Syracuse University College of Law Library, the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, or the F. Franklin Moon Library (ESF).

Collections and Facilities

Visitors are welcome to use the Libraries' collections for research and study purposes. These materials include collections housed in library stacks; government documents; reference collections; current periodicals and newspapers, except those held on reserve; and microform collections. Unless they are registered as Guest Borrowers, visitors may only use library resources in-house. Depository collections of U.S. government publications, and assistance in using them, are freely available to all visitors. With the exception of these depository collections, the SU Libraries may at times give priority in service to University-affiliated users, and may limit visitors' access to selected facilities, collections, and services.

Only SU/ESF students, faculty, and staff, and SUNY-Upstate/SU Master of Public Health students (with SU I.D.) may be present in libraries open after 8 p.m. or before 8 a.m.  Security personnel will make random checks during the 8 p.m. hour to ensure that those in the building are SU or ESF affiliated.

Additional Resources

Visitors may also use:

  • The library catalog through quick look-up stations located on the floors 1-5 in Bird Library.
  • Resources in the Special Collections Research Center in accordance with that department's policies.

Services Not Available to Visitors

The following services are not available to library visitors:

  • Access to the SU Libraries' computer workstations
  • Interlibrary loan (ILLiad)
  • Course reserve materials
  • Selected workstations and computer software
  • Data restricted by licensing agreements
  • Certain media materials
  • Recall of materials checked out by others
  • Media Services workstations, except when viewing government publications

University research library collections and services are not designed to meet the needs of younger students or children. For this reason, visitors of younger than high school age should be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Loan Policies

Patrons who purchase a Guest Borrower card may check out items from the Libraries' circulating collections for 28 days. Up to 20 items may be checked out at a time. A few types of materials, for example course reserves and most media including videos, may not be borrowed.

Individuals from institutions with which SU Libraries maintain access agreements (currently LeMoyne College, Onondaga Community College, and Upstate Medical University) may present their currently valid institutional I.D. to obtain a free Guest Borrower card.

Failure to return library materials by their due date may result in the loss of borrowing privileges. Borrowers agree to be responsible for all fines, to reimburse the SU Libraries for lost or damaged materials, and to return immediately materials recalled for another patron. For details, please refer to Syracuse University Libraries Fine Policies.

Patron Confidentiality

In recognition of the individual's right to privacy, the SU Libraries do not release patron or circulation records unless legally required to do so. For further information, see Patron Privacy Policy [PDF].

Groups and Tours

Group tours of the SU Libraries and instructional sessions for students or groups of high school age or older may be arranged by calling the Instructional Services Department at 315.443.2730 at least two weeks in advance of the intended visit. The Libraries schedule such tours and sessions during times that do not conflict with campus academic needs.

Rules of the Libraries

The SU Libraries are committed to providing library users with the resources required for research and study in an atmosphere that enhances the pursuit of scholarly activity. Library facilities and services are not available to visitors for casual or recreational use. Visitors who engage in noisy or disruptive behavior or who are using library facilities for purely recreational purposes may be asked to leave.

Food and beverages are not permitted in the following areas:

  • Special Collections
  • computer workstations
  • printers and photocopiers
  • media equipment
  • any areas where "no food and beverage" signs are posted

Carnegie Library Reading Room:

  • Drinks in travel mugs with secure tops are permitted
  • Food is not permitted

For More Information

Contact us at 315.443.2093.