Library Use

Library Use


Penfield Library provides a central place on campus for the college community to gather, study, conduct research, share ideas, and learn. The library has scholarly resources and expert staff who are here to help students with their research and succeed in their majors.  Our collection includes research databases, book and journal literature in print and online formats, media (CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, streaming), equipment (laptops, iPads, cameras, camcorders, etc.), and much more.  We provide research help 24/7, have 24/7 study space, access to many computers, and will borrow materials from other libraries if we don’t have what you need.

To ensure that all members of our academic community are able to effectively use the facility and library resources, we have adopted the policies summarized below.  For more information on library policies, please see our policies page. 

1.       Study areas in Penfield Library

          The library offers both quiet and group study areas and values student help in maintaining appropriate use of these spaces. If there are problems, inform the librarian at   the Research Help Desk, who will help resolve reported issues.  The library’s primary quiet study area is the third floor, while group study is on the first and second floors. For details see our work and study spaces page.

2.       Computer use

          The library has many computer work stations available for student use, primarily on the first floor. We also loan laptops for in-library use from our main service desk. Students can connect their personal devices to the library’s wireless network and charge their devices using a growing number of electrical outlets installed on or near work surfaces throughout the building.  Computer use should conform to Campus Technology Services      Computer and Network Acceptable Use Policy.

3.       Food and drink

          Food and drink are welcome in the library but not in the CTS computer lab.  We ask that students use lidded containers for their beverages and that they report spills as soon as possible. Food should not be stored in the library’s study carrels.  Group meals should be eaten in the Lake Effect Cafe.

4.       Borrowing materials

          SUNY Oswego undergraduates are given a 42-day loan period for items in the general circulating collection. Items in other collections (e.g. audio books, music CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, iPads, cameras, camcorders, and more) may have different loan periods; see our Borrowing Policies page for details. Students may borrow a maximum of 100 items at one time and renew most items up to three times. Borrowed items are subject to recall by others after 28 days. 

5.       Overdue material

          The library charges an overdue fine of 25 cents per item per day for books and audiobooks.  Overdue charges for other materials vary.  For example, fines for course   reserve materials and equipment will have higher fines to encourage their prompt return and availability for others.  See the Borrowing Policies page under your status for details.   Overdue materials that have been recalled are subject to higher fines. Lost or damaged materials will incur replacement and processing fees. Borrowers with fines may have a     hold placed on their accounts at the Registrar’s Office; no library holds will be removed until borrowers have resolved their fines. You can find more information about item      checkout and fines on the Library’s Borrowing Services page.