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Syracuse University Libraries include Bird Library, Carnegie Library, Belfer Audio Archive, King + King Architecture Library, and Syracuse University Libraries Facility. To ensure that the Libraries provide an atmosphere conducive to study and research, the University has established the following rules and regulations:

  1. General policies

    In addition to the regulations mentioned below, Libraries users are expected to act in accordance with all University policies (e.g. Computing and Electronic Communication Policy) and the Code of Student Conduct.

  2. Identification

    Libraries users must present or surrender their valid SU identification cards at the request of Libraries or University staff, in accordance with the Syracuse University I.D. Card Policy.

  3. Inspection of possessions

    The Libraries reserve the right to inspect possessions at entrances/exits.

  4. Priority use

The Libraries give priority to Syracuse University faculty, students, and staff who are using resources for research, instructional, and informational purposes. Thus, at peak times, individuals using the Libraries for casual or recreational purposes may be asked to relinquish their use to other users.
Users with valid SU or SUNY-ESF I.D. cards may use Libraries during operating hours.
The general public may use Libraries when resources are not in use by, reserved for, or restricted to those with valid SU or SUNY-ESF I.D. cards.
Only SU and SUNY-ESF students, faculty, and staff may be present in Libraries open after 8 p.m. or before 8 a.m. All users will be asked to present their SU or SUNY-ESF I.D. cards during these times. Security personnel will make random checks during these hours to ensure that those in the building are SU or SUNY-ESF affiliated. 
  1. Food and beverages

    Food and beverages are not permitted in:

    • Special Collections
    • computer workstation areas
    • printer and photocopier areas
    • media equipment areas
    • 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
  2. Smoking

    Smoking is not permitted in Libraries.

  3. Disruptive behavior

    Disruptive behavior (e.g., loud talking or audible use of personal electronic devices such as cell phones) 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.

  4. Theft and mutilation

    Theft and mutilation of Libraries materials are serious offenses, subject to fines, replacement costs, and/or judicial action.

  5. 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, which withholds 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.

  6. Posting of notices

    Notices, signs, etc. may be posted only on public bulletin boards and must adhere to guidelines for posting on community bulletin boards. The Libraries reserves the right to remove postings that are outdated or inappropriate.

  7. 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.

  8. Animals

    Animals, except those trained or being trained to assist persons with disabilities, are not permitted in the Libraries.

  9. Privacy

    In recognition of the 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.

  10. Children

    Libraries collections and services are not designed to meet the needs of children. During school field trips, children must be accompanied by a teacher or other school personnel. At all other times, children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. More information is available on the Syracuse University Safety of Minors Abuse and Reporting policy.

  11. Bicycles

    Patrons are prohibited to take bicycles, rollerblades, etc., in the Libraries, in accordance with University Policy entitled "Non-Motorized Wheeled Vehicle Use on University Property" (also in Student Handbook, p. 30, 34).