Cell Phone Use Policy

The CSI Library aims to provide a quiet and comfortable study environment. Noise from the use of cell phones is disruptive to this environment. Therefore, the use of these devices in the Library is strictly prohibited. The Library requests that all cell phone users set their phones to vibrate while they are in the building. Persons wishing to receive or make cell phone calls may do so in the entrance lobby on the first floor. Library staff reserves the right to ask anyone to leave the Library if she/he is using a cell phone or disturbing others in any area of the Library.

  • Violation of this policy will result in the loss of library privileges, which includes an eight-week loss of privileges to check-out group study rooms, laptops, calculators, textbooks, dvds, inter-library loan materials, and circulating books.

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Collection Development Policy

The goal of collection development at the College of Staten Island (CSI) Library is to create and maintain a collection of information resources to support and enhance the college’s curriculum and mission.

The curriculum of the college provides the main guidelines for the selection of library materials. Materials are primarily collected in subject areas in which students are expected to conduct research.The college supports research from the associate to the doctoral level; therefore, the CSI Library collects and maintains a balance of resources to meet these curricular needs.

The CSI Library collects materials in numerous formats based on the availability, cost, disciplinary requirements, and the professional discretion of library faculty. The library will collect resources in various electronic forms while acknowledging that print resources will remain of critical importance to collect and preserve.

The CSI Library acquires materials to serve faculty needs if the materials support the college’s curriculum. Interlibrary loan, document delivery, and other types of resource sharing—both within and outside of CUNY—are available to faculty as well as students to facilitate scholarship in instances when the CSI Library does not hold the desired resources.

On occasion, the library may decide to develop specialty collections that support college’s curriculum and community (e.g., children’s books, nonfiction bestsellers, book prizes).

Specific evaluative criteria to be applied when choosing individual items include some or all of the following:

  • The relevance of the information resource to the curriculum.
  • The lasting value (e.g., expected frequency of use over time) of the content to the academic and research needs of the college’s students.
  • The quality, authoritativeness, and accuracy as determined by review sources, bibliographic aids, and the professional judgment of library faculty.
  • The level of appropriateness as related to the college’s curriculum (e.g., “undergraduate,” “upper-division undergrad” or “graduate”).
  • The strength of present holdings in the same or similar subject areas.
  • The authority of the author or the reputation of the publisher.
  • The likelihood that interest in the subject and resources will endure.
  • The cost of the item and the format (e.g., print vs. electronic, DVD vs. streaming).
  • Media that is closed captioned will be selected when it is available.
  • Textbooks and multiple copies are primarily purchased for the Reserves collection based on budgetary availability.
  • The library acquires primarily English language reference and research information sources, with the exception of obtaining information to support foreign language programs (e.g., Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Sign Language, and Spanish programs.)
  • Within the criteria suggested by the college’s mission, curriculum, the academic merit of the resource, and the evaluative criteria above, the library will attempt to collect resources that reflect a multiplicity of experiences, perspectives, and ideas as articulated in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights.

Faculty and student requests are welcome. However, the CSI Library will only acquire materials that are in concert with the Collection Development Policy as stated above.

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Computer Use Policy

The CSI Library provides access to computers for the purpose of conducting online research and accessing the library’s electronic resources.

Given the limited number of workstations available, priority is given to students conducting library research or working on course-related assignments. Students who wish to simply surf the web, check their e-mail, or play videogames are strongly encouraged to use the facilities at the campus Computer Labs, Cybercafe (IL), or Campus Center (1C).

In order to access any computer on campus, including those in the library, students need a computer user ID and password from the Office of Technology Systems (OTS). If you forget your computer login password, go to the OTS helpdesk on first floor of the Library in front of 1L-109A or call 718.982.3695. For more information on accessing campus computers, see Laboratory Login Procedures.

Students and faculty from other CUNY schools, CSI Alumni, and students from Empire State College who wish to use a computer must bring a valid ID to the OTS office in 2A-306D to request a guest computer login for each visit. Please refer to the OTS websitefor their office hours.

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DVD Borrowing

Films on DVD can be borrowed from the Circulation/Reserves desk on the first floor. Currently enrolled College of Staten Island students, faculty and staff may borrow films on DVD for a period of three days. Titles that are available for circulation are listed on the website at http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/reserves.

Borrower Requirements

  • Films on DVD must be checked-out in person.
  • No reservations will be taken.
  • Borrowers must have a valid CSI ID card.
  • DVDs may be checked-out for up to three days.
  • DVDs must be returned in the same condition as was checked out. All staff at the counter are required to open up and check condition and the number of all DVDs in the case upon check-out and check-in
  • Borrowers assume all responsibility and will be liable for any damage to DVD while checked-out in your name.


  • Late fee: $1.00 per day
  • Lost fee: Cost of DVD plus $25 processing fee

Checkout Times

Fall / Spring Semester

  • Monday – Sunday 9:00am – 9:30pm

Summer and Intersession

  • Monday – Friday 9:00am – 9:30pm
  • Saturday – Sunday 12:00pm – 9:30pm

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Food and Drink Policy

No food or drink is permitted in the library, with the exception of drinks in closable containers.

  • Library materials, computer equipment and furnishings must be kept in good condition for you and future users. Food and food residue, such as oil and sugar, attract rodents and insects.
  • Food and drinks will destroy or damage computer equipment, disks, books, and furnishings.
  • If you observe a spill, please notify a staff member right away.
  • Thank you for helping to preserve your resources.
  • Violation of this policy will result in the loss of library privileges, which includes an eight-week loss of privileges to check-out group study rooms, laptops, calculators, textbooks, dvds, inter-library loan materials, and circulating books.

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Gift Policy

The CSI Library welcomes gifts, material donations to its collection, or the funds to purchase new collection materials. Materials or funds will be accepted with the expectation that they are consistent with the library’s collection development policy. The CSI Library cannot accept gifts, material donations, or funds with conditions as to their disposition or location. Donors will receive a letter acknowledging only receipt of gifts, donations, or funds. The letter will not include appraisal of the monetary value of gifts. Appraisals for tax purposes are the responsibility of the donor. Books added to the collection will be identified with gift plates, as determined by the library. The library’s policy concerning gifts is as follows:

  • Gifts of library materials shall be referred to the Acquisitions Librarian, (718.982.4025 or kerry.falloon@csi.cuny.edu). To expedite the material donation process, please complete the Library Materials Donation Form before contacting the librarian.
  • Donations of materials that may be appropriate for Archive & Special Collections are handled directly by the Archivist, (718.982.4129).
  • Gifts of funds shall be referred to the Chief Librarian, (718.982.4001).
  • The library may wish to decline gifts which do not support the college curriculum or benefit the library’s collections. The library declines offers of gifts if they unnecessarily duplicate existing holdings, if the subject matter is outside the scope of its collections, or if there are donor restrictions which the library cannot honor.
  • Donors may give funds at the time of inquiry, or send funds in an amount they determine. They may recommend that their monetary donations be applied to support particular curricula or subject areas, or in support of particular information technologies. However, all donations and all items acquired through donations must meet the typical selection criteria including quality of content, appropriateness, level of scholarship, and objectivity.
  • The Library retains the right to dispose of duplicates and unneeded materials (regardless of how they were acquired).

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Group Study Rooms: Guidelines for Use

Group study rooms are available for use for current CSI students.

The CSI Library provides eight group study rooms located on the 2nd Floor that are available for two-hour periods to CSI students working in groups. Group study rooms can be checked out at the Circulation/Reserve Desk on the 1st floor of the library. Two valid IDs are needed to checkout a group study room. At least two students must be present in the room.


Group study rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis. Two group members must each present a valid CSI ID Card to the Circulation/Reserves Desk staff in order to checkout a study room. Two or more group members must be present to both check-out and renew a study room. One student will be checked out the room key and the other student will be checked out a plaque detailing group study room policies.


Undergraduate study rooms: are to be used by a minimum of 2 and no more than 6 individuals. No more than one room can be used by a single group at a given time. If there are not two individuals present, the room can be recalled.

Graduate study rooms: are to be used by a minimum of 2 graduate students and no more than 12 people. No more than one room can be used by a single group at a given time. If there are not two individuals present, the room can be recalled.

Length of Use and Renewals

Rooms are available for two hours. Rooms can be renewed at the end of the two-hour period provided that:

  1. There are no other groups waiting to use the room.
  2. The group followed library policy (i.e. noise, food, conduct).
  3. There were the correct number of individuals present in the room during use.
  4. The library staff did not receive any complaints or had to address any concerns.

Renewals can only be initiated in the last five minutes of the rental period and both individuals must be present for renewal.

Noise and Disturbances

We ask that you close the door when the room is in use. Please note that the rooms are not soundproof! Group conversations must not disturb other library users. Violation of noise policy can result in the loss of library privileges. Headphones are required for any audio.

Food and Drink Policy

No food is allowed anywhere in the library, including Group study rooms. Closed drink containers are allowed

Responsibilities of the Group Study Users

The students registering for the group are responsible for the room key and the condition of the room. They must occupy the room for the entire length of time the room is in use. Please dispose of all trash, return all furniture to its original arrangement, and lock the door on the way out.

Returning Keys and Policy Cards

Keys and Policy Cards are non-transferable and may not be taken outside of the library. Keys and Policy Cards must be returned to the Circulation/Reserves Desk 5 minutes before the expiration of the time allotted and within 15 minutes of the library’s closing. A fine of $10.00 will be charged for every 15 minutes the key and Policy Card is late. A fine of $50.00 will be charged for a lost key and Policy Card.

Violation of these guidelines will result in the loss of library privileges, which includes a eight-week loss of privileges to check-out all circulating materials, including group study rooms, laptops, textbooks and circulating books, DVDs, calculators.
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Laptop Loan Policy

Currently enrolled College of Staten Island students may borrow a laptop computer for use in the library for a period of two hours. There will be a 15 minute check-in and a 15 minute check-out delay so plan accordingly and have the laptop back on time to avoid fines. Laptops can be borrowed from the Circulation Desk, on the first floor of the Library.

Borrower Requirements

Laptops must be checked out in person.
No reservations will be taken.
Borrowers must have a valid CSI ID card.
Laptops may be checked out for a two hour period.
Laptops must be returned 15 minutes before closing.
Computer competency and self-reliance are required.
Users who wish to save their work must do so using their own USB flash drive. No documents can be saved on the laptop.
Laptop must be returned in the same condition as when it went out.
Users assumes all responsibility and will be liable for any damage to laptop while checked out in your name.

Late Fines

$40.00 per hour
$10.00 per quarter-hour
No maximum fine

Checkout Times

Fall / Spring Semester

  • Monday – Sunday 9:00am – 9:30pm

Summer and Intersession

  • Monday – Friday 9:00am – 9:30pm
  • Saturday-Sunday 9:00am – 6:00pm

If a laptop is damaged or lost, the borrower will be held responsible for the repair or replacement cost of the damage or full cost of the laptop. If fees are not paid for damaged or lost item, registration will be blocked and transcripts will not be released. Library privileges will also be suspended at all CUNY campuses.

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Library Access Policy

Access to resources and services at the CSI Library is available to students, faculty, and staff who hold current, validated identification cards from the College of Staten Island (CSI); from any other college within the City University of New York (CUNY); and from Empire State College. Identification cards must be equipped with a valid library barcode, which can be obtained from the Circulation Desk. A library barcode is required to borrow circulating books, DVDs, and course reserve materials. A library barcode is also necessary for use of all audiovisual materials from Media Services. A valid CSI email account is required for off-campus access to the Library’s electronic resources and databases.

The CSI Library is a member of the larger consortium of CUNY Libraries, which provides library services to the 23 campuses that make up CUNY. CSI students, faculty, and staff with valid CSI ID cards and library barcodes may access and borrow books from any library within the CUNY system. Users can request books from other CUNY libraries through the CUNY+ Union Catalog (learn how). Users may also access databases and electronic resources for which CUNY Central has purchased university-wide licenses. A library barcode is required to access CUNY-wide databases from off-campus.

ID cards can be obtained at the Office of Parking & DolphinCard Services, located in West Administration Building 3A Room 106.

Members of the CSI Continuing Education program sponsored by Local 1199, visiting scholars, CSI alumni, and retired CSI faculty and staff members may use the Library. They may borrow books, DVDs, and other materials by presenting a current, validated identification card.  Alumni may obtain a CSI Alumni Card through the CSI Alumni Association, located in 1A-110. All other groups listed above should contact the Office of Parking & DolphinCard Services, located in 3A-106, to obtain a valid CSI identification card.

Members of the general public who wish to use the Library’s facilities may do so during normal hours of operation. A photo ID is required to enter the Library. Members of the general public may use items from the Library’s print collection on-site. However, they may not borrow items or access Library computers and electronic resources.

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Library Fines

The CSI Library charges fines for lost, damaged, and overdue materials. Faculty and students who have outstanding library fines will have a Bursar stop placed on their account. Bursar stops for students can only be removed after the fine is paid in person at the Bursar’s Office (2A-105). Questions regarding library fines should be directed to the library’s Circulation Desk (718.982.4011).

Please see the Library’s Circulation/Reserves page for loan periods and overdue fine amounts.

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Visiting Scholars and Researchers

Request for access to research resources at the CSI Library will be given to visiting scholars and researchers who are actively collaborating with CSI faculty or administrators on current research and/or contributing to CSI’s academic and research mission by lecture and/or grant activities. The CSI sponsoring entity will be responsible for paying any library fees or fines incurred by visiting scholar or researcher.

Access to CSI Library resources will be given to scholars and researchers for a maximum of 90 days, to be renewed upon request by sponsoring entity. Spouse of a Visiting Scholar or Researcher may also obtain access to Library privileges (with the same expiration date) with approval from sponsoring entity.

Library privileges

Individuals who meet the CSI Library Visiting Scholar requirements are eligible for an email account and a CSI Dolphin ID Card. The email account will enable on-site and remote access to electronic resources subscriptions. Email account can be obtained from the Office of Technology Systems HelpDesk in 2A-306D by providing documentation from the CSI sponsoring entity. The Dolphin ID Card is to be presented at the CSI Library Circulation/Reserves Desk for a barcode. The barcode will provide access to enter the Library and also to borrow materials. ID cards are issued at the Office of Parking & Dolphin Card Services, located in West Administration Building (3A Room 106).

Individuals who meet the CSI Library Visiting Scholar/Researcher requirements will gain access to:

  • Use of the facility at all times that the Library is open
  • Borrowing privileges for books, videos, special collections, and other materials
  • Online resources using CSI email account

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