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 About the Library 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

                   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 the electrical outlets installed on or near work surfaces throughout the  building.  Computer use should conform to Campus Technology Services


                    3.   Food and drink
      Food and drink are welcome in the library but not in the 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
          Loan  periods vary by type of item; 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.


                  5.  Overdue material

When items are not returned by their due date or time, the library charges overdue fines. Overdue fines vary by type of item. For example, fines for course reserve materials and equipment have higher fines to encourage their prompt return and availability for others. 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; You can find more information about item checkout and fines on the Library’s Borrowing Policy page