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To provide an atmosphere conducive to study and research, the Libraries has established the following rules:

  1. General policies
    Libraries users are expected to act in accordance with all University policies (e.g., Information Technology Resources Acceptable Use Policy) and the Code of Student Conduct. This includes adherence to the University’s COVID-level guidance and masking requirements.
  1. Identification
    Libraries users must present their valid SU ID cards at the request of Libraries or University staff, in accordance with the Syracuse University ID Card Policy.
  1. Priority use
    The Libraries give priority to current/active Syracuse University faculty, students and staff who are using resources for research, instructional and informational purposes.

    The general public may use Libraries when resources are not restricted to those with valid SU or SUNY-ESF ID cards.

    Users with valid SU or SUNY-ESF ID cards may use Libraries during operating hours. Only current SU and SUNY-ESF students, faculty, and staff may be present in Bird Library when open after 8 p.m. or before 8 a.m. All users should swipe their SU or SUNY-ESF ID card during these times. Security personnel make random checks during these hours. 

  2. Food and beverage
    Food is only permitted in Pages Café and designated event areas in Bird Library. It is not permitted in Carnegie Library.

    Drinks in all libraries are limited to containers with secure tops.

  3. Smoking
    Smoking is not permitted in any building (see the University policy regarding smoking).

  4. Disruptive behavior
    Disruptive behavior (e.g., loud talking, audible use of personal electronic devices such as cell phones, etc.) that interferes with the study and research needs of others will not be tolerated. Offending individuals will be asked to cease their disruptive behavior. If they do not comply, they will be required by Libraries or Department of Public Safety staff to leave the building.
  1. Theft and mutilation
    Theft and mutilation of Libraries materials or other patron’s items are serious offenses, subject to fines, replacement costs and/or judicial action.
  1. Circulation policies
    Information about borrowing privileges for circulating and reserve materials, as well as policies about borrowing materials from other institutions through interlibrary loan, is available on the website. The Libraries report unpaid fines/fees to the bursar's office; they withhold future University registration privileges, transcripts and diplomas until fines/fees are paid. Circulation policies differ at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the Syracuse University College of Law Library and ESF's F. Franklin Moon Library.
  1. Posting of notices
    Notices, signs, etc. may be posted only on public/community bulletin boards and must adhere to guidelines for posting on community bulletin boards. The Libraries reserves the right to remove postings that are outdated, posted in locations outside bulletin boards or inappropriate.
  1. Copyright
    In supporting teaching, learning and research on campus, Syracuse University complies with all U.S. intellectual property laws, including the Copyright Law of 1976 (Title 17, United States Code), as enacted and amended.
  1. Animals
    Animals, except service animals that are trained or being trained to assist persons with disabilities, are not permitted in the Libraries.
  1. Privacy
    In recognition of an individual's right to privacy protected by New York State law, the Libraries does not release information about borrowers or materials borrowed, except as required by law.
  1. Children
    Libraries collections and services are not designed to meet the needs of children. During school field trips, children must be accompanied by school personnel. Children under the age of 18 who are not registered as students must be accompanied by an adult. More information is available on the Syracuse University Safety of Minors Abuse and Reporting policy.

  2. Non-motorized Vehicles
    Bicycles and other non-motorized vehicles are prohibited in the Libraries, in accordance with University Policy entitled "Non-Motorized Wheeled Vehicle Use on University Property."