Policies of the UDC Library-Information Commons

The Library/Information Commons in the University Downtown Center supports the individual and collaborative learning and academic work of the College of Community and Public affairs, as well as the greater Binghamton University community. The following policies are intended to ensure an environment that is conducive to academic work. Patrons of the UDC Library/Information Commons are expected to respect the rights of others and to exhibit responsible behavior. We appreciate your cooperation.

Patrons of the Commons agree to abide by the following policies.

Acceptable Use of Computers
Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources
Adaptive Technology Workstation Policy
Authentication for Accessing Computing Resources
Cellular Phones and Other Devices that Ring or Generate Audible Noise
Community Users | Frequently Asked Questions
Food and Drink
Group Study Rooms
Individual Study Rooms
Leaving Computers Unattended in the Information Commons
Noise Policy
Privacy : Confidentiality of Library Records
Scanning


Acceptable Use of Computers

  • Computers are intended for the academic and professional use of Binghamton University students, faculty and staff.
  • Any person utilizing this facility for non- academic purposes (e.g., game playing, social networking) may be asked to yield the machine to a person with an academic need.

Access to information technology is essential to the Information Commons mission to provide leadership to the University community in accessing and using information resources in support of teaching, learning and research. The preservation of that privilege by the full community requires that each faculty member, staff member, student, and other authorized user comply with institutional and external standards for appropriate use. For more information: Binghamton University Network and Computer Policy

Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources

All "BU only" resources are library subscriptions that are accessible only from the Binghamton University network or from an Internet Service Provider using the library proxy server. Access and use is restricted by license agreements to purposes of research, teaching, and private study by current BU faculty, staff, and students. The following are strictly prohibited: all commercial use; copying or tampering with any software or code used to display and/or run the resources; the systematic downloading, copying or distributing of information (including for use in course packs); and removing or altering copyright notices. Misuse of these resources violates the terms of BU's license agreements. Violation of a licensing agreement could result in termination of the resource to the entire campus community. See also Binghamton University Copyright Policy

Adaptive Technology Workstation Policy

The UDC Library-Information Commons provides an adaptive technology workstation in room 125C which is available to students with special adaptive technology needs. Students who have registered with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities and received training on the use of the technology may contact the UDC Library-Information Commons Services Desk to obtain access to the room.

For more information, including assistance learning how to use the adaptive technology, contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, 777-2686.

Authentication for Accessing Computing Resources

A sign-on is required to use all public computers in the BU Libraries. Guest access may be granted at the UDC Library/Information Commons Service Desk in accordance with the Computer Guest Account User Agreement. Authentication is necessary to ensure network security. For more information: Binghamton University Privacy Policy

Cellular Phones and Other Devices that Ring or Generate Audible Noise

Cell phone usage is not permitted in the Library/Information Commons. When you enter the facility, please silence your phone.

UDC Community Users / Guest Computer Access (Main campus policy) | Frequently Asked Questions

The UDC Library/Information Commons is open to the public during normal business hours. Borrowing privileges are extended to members of the local community for a small fee. For more information, see Circulation Services for Courtesy Borrowers.

Computers in the UDC Library-Information Commons are intended for the academic and professional use of BU faculty, staff, and students. Limited guest access to computers in the Library-Information Commons is available on a space available basis.

Guest accounts are issued for two hours per day, non-renewable until the following day. Accounts will only be issued between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Accounts issued after 3:00 p.m. will expire at 5:00 p.m. Guest accounts are not available on weekends. To obtain a guest account, community patrons must provide a valid picture ID and agree to the terms of the Library Guest Computer Account Usage Policy.

To ensure computer availability for students, guest accounts will not be issued during busy periods (frequently in the afternoons and evenings), mid-term exam week, and the final two weeks of the fall and spring semesters.

Any person using a computer for non-academic purposes may be asked to yield the computer to a person with an academic need.

This policy may change to meet requirements and needs of BU faculty, staff, and students.

Frequently Asked Questions

Food and Drink

No food is allowed in the UDC Library/Information Commons. Drinks are allowed, but must be in covered containers.

The purpose of the food and drink policy is to aid in the preservation and care of library materials and electronic equipment, to maintain pest-free buildings, to reduce litter, and to ensure a clean environment for research and collaboration. Users are liable for any damage to library property caused by food or drinks.

Please see the University Libraries complete Food and Drink Policy.

Group Study Rooms

Four group study rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis for University-affiliated individuals only. The rooms are equipped with laptop-ready projection equipment and are intended for the use of students working on group courses and academic research related projects and for use as a rehearsal space for presentations. Other quiet study areas.

Individual Study Rooms

Five individual study rooms are available in the UDC Library/Information Commons on a first come, first serve basis to BU students.

Leaving Computers Unattended in the Information Commons

Please do not leave your Information Commons computer unattended. Besides the danger of having items stolen and your personal computer files and accounts tampered with, it may prevent your fellow students from being able to access a computer in a timely manner. Information Commons staff are authorized to make any computer unattended for more than 15 minutes available to another user.  With the high demand for Information Commons computers, we must enforce this policy.

Noise Policy

The Library/information Commons is a research, study, and collaborative work environment. Conversation is acceptable as long as it does not disturb other library patrons. Head phones and laptop audio features should be kept low so as not to disturb patrons. If you wish to listen to audio, please provide your own head phones.

See also, the Libraries Noise Policy.

Privacy - Confidentiality of Library Records

Confidentiality of Library records is governed by New York State Law. Information regarding Binghamton University borrowers is considered confidential. Requests for disclosure of information will be denied and referred for review by University counsel in consultation with Albany.

See also, Binghamton University Privacy Policy

Scanning

Scanning equipment is available on a limited number of workstations in the Bartle Information Commons, Science Library Information Commons and the UDC Library - Information Commons. Although these workstations are available for general computing, priority use of them shall be given to those needing to scan materials for academic needs. Those using the workstations for other purposes may be asked to yield the computer to those needing to scan. If you need assistance or have questions about this policy, please contact staff at the nearest service desk. Thank you for your cooperation.