Circulation Department staff provide services to the University community for circulating, retrieving, and maintaining the Library's book, journal, and microform collections. The Library system operates with an open stack policy, which facilitates browsing for all patrons. A borrowing card is not required to use Library materials and resources within the Libraries.
On presentation of a validated Binghamton University ID card, the following privileges are extended:
Faculty and University Staff, Emeritus/Emeriti Faculty: Limit of 200 items at any one time. Books, microforms, and government documents may be borrowed for one year. Journals located in the Annex circulate for 2 weeks, Bartle and Science bound journals circulate for three days; current periodicals are due at 5 p.m. the day borrowed. Science Library maps and atlases circulate for 4 weeks.
Graduate & Ph.D. Students: Limit of 200 items at any one time. Books, microforms, and government documents may be borrowed for one year. Journals located in the Annex circulate for 2 weeks, Bartle and Science bound journals circulate for three days; current periodicals are available for in-library use. Science Library maps and atlases circulate for 4 weeks.
Undergraduate Students, BCC cross-registered Students, Adult Learners, Marriott and Barnes & Noble Employees, Campus Preschool: Limit of 100 items at any one time. Books, microforms, and government documents may be borrowed for a six-week loan period. Journals located in the Annex circulate for 2 weeks, Bartle and Science bound journals circulate for three days; current periodicals are available for in-library use. Science Library maps and atlases circulate for 4 weeks.
Circulation Department staff provide services to the University community for circulating, retrieving, and maintaining the Library's book, journal, and microform collections. The Library system operates with an open stack policy, which facilitates browsing for all patrons. A borrowing card is not required to use Library materials and resources within the Libraries. [For Courtesy Borrowers, access to licensed databases and BU ONLY material is only available for use in the Library. For remote or dial-in access, only the Library Catalog is available. Also courtesy borrowers do not have access to Interlibrary Loan.]
Binghamton University courtesy borrowing cards are issued as follows. A valid driver’s license is required for verification purposes. All courtesy borrowers can borrow Science Library maps and atlases for 4 weeks.
Alumni: The Library extends borrowing privileges to BU alumni at no charge. May borrow books for a 4-week loan period. 15-book limit.
SUNY Open Access (including Clinical Campus students and faculty, Empire State College students and University in the High Schools Program students): Any current faculty, staff, or student member of a SUNY institution or participating community college is entitled to in-person borrowing privileges upon presentation of a validated SUNY ID card. To facilitate registration, SUNY Open Access borrowers may call in advance and leave their name and ID number. A Library staff member will then call the home institution to verify enrollment or employment. Books and government documents may be borrowed for a 4-week loan period with a 50-book limit. SUNY Open Access students have Reserve borrowing privileges and may place recalls on books checked out. Delinquencies will be reported to the home institution library.
Local Citizens: The Library extends borrowing privileges to members of the local community. There is a $10.00 annual processing fee. Applicants must be residents of New York State living within 50 miles of the Binghamton campus. May borrow books for a four-week loan period. 15-book limit.
Visiting Scholars, Visiting Faculty and Research Associates: Limit of 15 items at any one time. Books, microforms, and government documents may be borrowed for a four-week loan period. Current and bound journals are available for in-house use only.
BU Retiree and Lyceum: With a BU Retiree or Lyceum ID card, you may obtain courtesy borrowing privileges. May borrow books and government documents for a 4-week loan period. 50-book limit.
Volunteer: Limit of 15 items at any one time. Books, microforms, and government documents may be borrowed for a four-week loan period. Current and bound journals are available for in-house use only.
All courtesy borrowers can borrow Science Library maps and atlases for 4 weeks
All materials are due on the date due stamped in each book, unless recalled, in which case the loan period is reduced. Courtesy reminders are sent to borrowers 7 days in advance of the book's due date. If email is not available, a paper notice is mailed.
A three-day grace period is granted for materials from circulating collections. The grace period DOES NOT apply to books that have been recalled or materials in Reserve and non-circulating collections. Materials returned four days after the due date accrue fines from the original due date.
Registered Binghamton University Libraries users can now monitor their library account information directly in the Library Catalog. From the Libraries' home page, click on the Library Catalog. Once connected, look for My Library Card which is on the upper right of the screen. Enter your User ID (library barcode: omit "29091" prefix and leading zeros) and Password (last four digits of your social security number). The library barcode is printed on the back of your BU ID card, it begins with "29091."
To view your personal record click on Sign In , which is in the display of options at the top of the page.
To view the books checked out to you and the due dates click on LOANS. If a book has been recalled from you, the information will display in the Due Date column. For details about a loan, click the underlined number.
To view books you have recalled click on HOLDS. For details about a hold, click the underlined number.
To view your outstanding fines and fees owned click on CASH TRANSACTIONS. For details about a transaction, click the underlined number.
To update the display preferences that will be invoked when you sign in to search the Library Catalog, click on Sign In . [For example you can set the number of records that display on the results page when you are searching for books.]
Although you may view ADDRESS information, the address cannot be updated on line. BU Students should notify the Registrar's Office of any change in address. BU Faculty and Staff should notify Human Resources.
To place a recall on a book that is checked out according to the Library Catalog, click on REQUEST on the Library Catalog Holdings Screen. A request form will display. Verify the information on the form and click SEND. Your recall has been placed.
The following items CANNOT be renewed on-line:
In addition, Courtesy Borrowers are unable to renew books if the books are overdue or if they have fines.
If an invalid renewal is attempted, a message will display indicating that the renewal was unsuccessful.
University Students, Faculty, and Staff: may renew books online or in person with no limits. To renew ALL books checked out, click on Renew All. To renew individual books, click on the underlined number and a pop-up window will display. Click on Renew.
Courtesy Borrowers: may renew books twice online. After the second online renewal, books must be brought to the Bartle, Science Library, or UDC Circulation Desk to be renewed. To renew ALL books checked out, click on Renew All. To renew individual books, click on the underlined number and a pop-up window will display. Click on Renew.
If an overdue book is renewed online and a fine is assessed, the fine must be paid in order to register, obtain a transcript or diploma. Fines may be verified by clicking on CASH TRANSACTIONS. Fines may be paid immediately in the Library Cashier's Office (cash, check, money order, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover & BUC$) or at the Bartle Circulation Desk (exact change, check or BUC$).
BU student fines and fees are forwarded to Student Accounts for collection the following day at which time they may be paid at http://bubrain.binghamton.edu/ or at the Student Accounts Office. Community borrowers may pay fees or fines at the Bartle Circulation Desk or Science Library Information Services Desk.
An overnight computer process is required before the fine for a book renewed in the Library Catalog appears in the BU Brain.
For an online demonstration, please view our tutorial.
Books may be renewed at any time during the loan period if they have not been requested by another patron. If there is a Recall or Hold on a book, it may not be renewed. Renewals may be made in-person, by presentation of the book to staff at the Bartle, Science or UDC Circulation Desk, or online through the Library Catalog Courtesy borrowers may renew books online twice only. BU University borrowers have unlimited number of online renewals. Reserve materials and books that have been recalled CANNOT be renewed online.
Books can be returned at Bartle, Science or UDC Library Circulation Desks. Exterior book bins are also available at the entrances to Bartle and Science. Reserve items must be returned to the Bartle or Science Reserve desk.
On request, a receipt will be provided at the time that books are returned to the Circulation Desks at Bartle and Science Libraries.
Recall: If the book is checked out, you may request a Recall (available only to Binghamton University faculty, staff, and students) in the Library Catalog (requires sign in), in which case the borrower will be sent a notification to return the book at an earlier date. Notification will be sent to your binghamton.edu e-mail address when the book is available. Books are held at the Circulation Desk for one week. Borrowers who do not read their BU e-mail need to forward it to their pop mail account. Students, faculty, and staff may do this on the BU Brain. If borrowers do not have a BU e-mail address a paper notice will be mailed.
Search: If the book is not checked out and you cannot find it on the shelf, you may request a Search. Please stop at the Circulation Desk to place a search. You may check at the Circulation Desk after 5 p.m. on the next weekday for the results of your search. If the book is found, it will be held for you at the Circulation Desk for one week. Written notification is mailed to you in either case.
Request for Processing: If the status of the book in the Library Catalog is on-order, in the pre-order process, or in-process, you may place a request in the Library Catalog (requires sign in) to be notified when the book is available . If the book has been received, it will be processed for you within 7-10 days. If the book is on order, it may take 8-10 weeks or more to receive the book. In this case, you will be notified of the expected delay.
Page an Item from the Library Annex@Conklin: If a book is housed in the Library Annex@Conklin, it will be designated as Library Annex - PLACE A REQUEST in the Library Catalog Materials at the Annex will be paged from the facility daily Monday - Friday. Requests received by 8:00 am will be available by noon the same day (M - F only). The Annex is closed on weekends. Materials are delivered to the designated Circulation Desk and held for one week. PATRONS WILL BE NOTIFIED ONLY IF THE REQUESTED MATERIAL CANNOT BE LOCATED. Paper form available at Circulation Desks, Web form available on the Libraries' Web Page, or Request form in the Library Catalog
Library books may be recalled, immediately, if needed for Reserve, after two weeks, if requested by another patron. A recall automatically reduces the loan period for a book and a notification of the new due date is sent to the borrower. Material must be returned by the date given on the recall notice regardless of the original due date. A $1.00 per day fine is assessed for the late return of recalled books. The maximum recall fine per book is $15.00.
A fine structure for the late return or Renewal of library materials has been established to assure all patrons maximum access to Library materials. Repeated, flagrant violations will be considered cause for suspension of borrowing privileges.
Circulating books: $0.10 per day per book to a maximum of $10.00 per item.
Recalled books and non-circulating items: $1.00 per day per book to a maximum of $15.00 per item.
Reserve material: 1-hour & 2-hour loans: $.02/minute per item. 1-day, 2-day loans: $3.00/day per item. Reserve fines accrue until the item is returned including times when the libraries are closed. There is no limit on reserve fines.
Videos & DVD’s: $3.00/day to a maximum of $50.00 per item.
Journals: $.02/minute to a maximum of $50.00 per item
Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) materials: $1.00 per day per item.
Laptops: $.25 per minute. $2200 replacement fee after 24 hours.
Netbooks: $.25 per minute. $350 replacement fee after 24 hours.
Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) Fees
Costs assessed by the lending library, which exceed $20.00 per item, will be passed on to the requestor.
Lost Study Carrel key Fees
If the occupant of an assigned study carrel reports that (s)he has lost their carrel key, a $50.00 lock change fee will be assessed to reimburse fees charged to the Library. When the lock change fee is paid, the carrel occupant may reapply for a study carrel assignment.
Damaged Item Fees
Borrowers will be billed for items which are returned damaged.
Lost book Fees
Lost book charges are assessed as follows:
Titles in print: price of book, plus $20.00 processing fee.
Out-of-print books: determined from out-of-print source, plus $20.00 processing fee;
when price cannot be determined, $40.00 plus $20.00 processing fee; except Art/History titles, $60.00 plus $20.00 processing fee.
If a lost book is returned within 90 days, the lost book charge is removed and late fine will be reinstated. Processing fee will remain on the borrower’s account.
Replacements In Kind
With prior approval of the Head of Reader Services, a borrower has the option of giving the Library a new, exact replacement of a lost book, in lieu of paying lost book charges. Processing fee will remain on the borrower’s account.
Fines may be verified by clicking on CASH TRANSACTIONS. Fines may be paid immediately in the Library Cashier's Office (cash, check, money order, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover & BUC$) or at the Bartle Circulation Desk (exact change, check or BUC$). BU student fines and fees are forwarded to Student Accounts for collection the following day at which time they may be paid at http://bubrain.binghamton.edu/ or at the Student Accounts Office. Community borrowers may pay fees or fines at the Bartle Circulation Desk or Science Library Information Services Desk. An overnight computer process is required before the fine for a book renewed in the Library Catalog appears in the BU Brain. Any questions, please contact the Bartle Circulation Desk (777-2194) or Science Library Information Services Desk (777-2166). You may also send email to email@example.com.
Patrons are responsible for all transactions charged with their ID cards. As a courtesy, an email notice is sent one week before the library material is due. An overdue notice is sent 4 days after the item is due. A reminder of the overdue item is sent when it is 11 days late. If the item is not returned 1 week after this reminder, the item is considered lost and the library will send an invoice for the replacement of the material plus a $20 processing fee.
Lost ID cards must be reported to the Circulation Department in either Bartle, Science Library or UDC, and to the ID Office.
Binghamton University Students may update their addresses by going through the BUSI Web Center then accessing the change of address form. The form may be mailed or faxed to the Registrar's office.
Library materials may not be taken from the Library unless those materials have been properly checked out or other authorization for removal has been given. The willful mutilation or unauthorized removal of Library materials is subject to prosecution under New York State law. The Library is equipped with an electronic security system to deter theft. In addition, identified Library staff may search bags, briefcases, etc. at the Library's exit to assure compliance with these regulations.
Confidentiality of Library records is governed by New York State Law. Information regarding Binghamton University borrowers is considered confidential. Requests for disclosure of information will be denied and referred for review by University counsel in consultation with Albany.
Photocopiers: BUC$ card operated photocopiers ($.10 per copy) are available in the Bartle Library (Newcomb Reading Room and in Reference) the Science Library, and the University Downtown Center Library.
Micro-copying: Combination microfilm/fiche reader and printers are located in the Bartle Library on the 1st floor in Government Documents, in the Newcomb Reading Room and in the Science Library Microform Room. There is a microfilm/fiche reader/scanner located in the Microform Collection in the Newcomb Reading Room and in the Science Library Microform Room. These machines can scan pages of microfilm or microfiche and then you can choose to print, to burn the file to a CD or to send the information to your web mail account (most commercial internet accounts will not allow you to send very large files). Machines accept BUC$ cards ($.10 per page).
BU students, faculty and staff can add value to their BUC$ card at the Card Management System located on the first floor of the Bartle Library and on the first floor of the Science Library. Library visitors may purchase a guest BUC$ card for $1.00 and add value to the card.
Scanners: Scanners are located in the Bartle Library on the 1st floor. A walk-up book scanner is located near the reference stacks area. Read more about the walk-up book scanner on the Libraries' News and Events blog. Several flat bed scanners are also available in the Information Commons. As a courtesy, the Libraries request that patrons limit scanning time to 10 minutes (if other patrons are waiting to use the scanner).
Library study carrels are available to registered students based upon an agreement by the Library and the Senate Library Committee. ASSIGNMENTS ARE BASED ON THE FOLLOWING PRIORITY GROUPS.
First: PhD students who are designated as ABD by Binghamton University
Second: PhD students who have already completed their master's degree
Third: Graduate students
Occupants are expected to adhere to the guidelines, including vacating the carrels at the expiry date. Failure to comply with study carrel guidelines will result in termination of study carrel privileges.
1. The Library does not assume any responsibility for personal property, including private computers, left in study carrels by occupants.
2. All study carrels have been provided with a connection to the Binghamton University network. All computers located in study carrels must be powered off when the occupant is not present. Computers that are left on may be powered off by Library staff. Due to security concerns, private computers may not be configured to function as a server or host server-type services to remote users. Study carrel occupants are expected to comply with the Binghamton University Computer and Network Use Policy. Violations will result in immediate suspension of services.
3. All Library materials in study carrels must be charged out to the carrel occupant. Study carrels will be checked regularly; books and periodicals not charged will be removed. A notice will be left for materials not properly charged to patrons. A second notice will constitute grounds for automatic termination of carrel assignment during a semester.
4. Smoking, food or drink, appliances, heating and cooling devices are prohibited in all study carrels. New York State Public Health Law 13-E prohibits smoking in the Library.
5. Objects are not to be attached in any manner to study carrel walls, doors or glass panels. Due to safety and security considerations, any material covering glass panels will be removed.
6. Carrel occupants must indicate use of the carrel by initialing sign-in sheets. If the indications are that the person to whom the study carrel is assigned is not using the carrel at least once a week, it may be reassigned to another patron. Reassignments will not be made without notice. When, under special circumstances, a carrel occupant will not be using the carrel for an extended period (two weeks or more), the occupant must notify the Head of Circulation Services.
7. Study carrels are not to be shared without prior approval. Carrel occupants who allow unauthorized use of their carrels are subject to termination of their carrel privileges.
8. If a carrel occupant reports (s)he has lost their carrel key, a $50.00 lock change fee will be assessed to reimburse fees charged to the Library.
9. If a carrel is not vacated by the date the assignment expires, occupant will be assessed a $50.00 lock change fee and a hold will be placed on Library and Registrar records. This procedure is necessary to protect each occupant's privacy and personal property.
At the request of faculty, materials are placed in the Reserve collection of the Glenn G. Bartle,Science & UDC Libraries. Loan periods, established in consultation with the faculty member, range from one hour to two days. The loan period pertaining to each item is clearly indicated when it is charged out.
Reserve materials are only available to current Binghamton University faculty, staff, students, adult learners, and current SUNY Open Access faculty, staff, and students.
Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) services are available for the University faculty, staff, and students in support of research activities. When complete monographic works are obtained in photocopy format, they become the property of the Library.