Policies

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. The Library 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, textbooks, 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, andthe 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).

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., French, Italian, and Spanish programs; Modern China Certificate, etc.)
  • 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 accord 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. Computers are equipped with Internet access as well as academic software such as Visual Studio, Matlab, Minitab, and Visio.

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 Information Technology (OIT). If you don’t know your computer user ID and password, go to the OIT office in 1L-209 or call 718.982.3695. For more information on computer login procedures, visit OIT’s Student Helpdesk.

Access to campus computing facilities and the campus network is limited to current students, faculty, and staff of the College of Staten Island. Students and faculty from other CUNY schools who wish to use a computer or access the wireless network must bring a valid CUNY ID to the OIT office in 1L-209 to request a guest computer login.

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Food and Drink Policy

No food or drink is permitted in the library.

  • 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. Except for bottled water, you may not bring any food or drinks into the library, regardless of the type of container you have.
  • 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, textbooks, and circulating books.

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Gift Policy

The CSI Library welcomes gifts and 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, 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. The library’s policy concerning gifts is as follows:

  • Gifts of library materials shall be referred to the Acquisitions Librarian, (718.982.4026) and gifts of funds shall be referred to the Chief Librarian, (718.982.4001). Donations of materials that may be appropriate for Archive & Special Collections are handled directly by the Archivist, (718.982.4129).
  • 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 Room Policy

The CSI Library provides five group study rooms located on the 2nd Floor that are available for two-hour bookings by CSI students working in groups of two to six. Group study rooms can be booked at the Circulation/Reserve Desk on the 1st floor of the library.

Guidelines for Use

  • Bookings
    Group study rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis. A group member must present a valid CSI ID Card to the Circulation/Reserve Desk staff in order to receive a Reservation Card and Room Key. Two or more group members must be present to check-out a study room.
  • Occupancy
    Undergraduate study rooms can be used by groups of no less than 2 and no more than 6 individuals. Graduate study rooms can be used by no less than 4 and no more than 12 people. No more than one room can be used by a single group at a given time.
  • Length of Booking
    Rooms are booked for two hours. Bookings can be renewed at the end of the two-hour period provided that there are no other groups waiting to use the room.
  • Noise and Disturbances
    Although we ask that you close the door when the room is in use, this does not soundproof the room! Group conversations must not disturb other library users.
  • Food and Drink Policy
    No food or drinks are allowed anywhere in the library.  Exception is made for bottled water.
  • Responsibilities of the Registrant
    The student registering for the group is responsible for the Reservation Card, Room Key, and good condition of the room and must occupy the room for the length of the booking. Dispose of all trash, return all furniture to its original arrangement, and lock the door on the way out.
  • Returning Keys
    Keys are non-transferable and may not be taken from the library. Keys must be returned to the Circulation/Reserve Desk 5 minutes before the expiration of the booking and within 15 minutes of the library’s closing. A fine of $10.00 will be charged for every 15 minutes the key is late. A fine of $25.00 will be charged for a lost key.

Violation of these guidelines will result in the loss of library privileges, which includes a four-week loss of privileges to check-out group study rooms, laptops, textbooks, and circulating books.

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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 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 20 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 Public Safety, located in 2A-108. ID cards must be validated every semester. To validate your ID card, bring your ID and a current Bursar’s bill (if a student) or employee pay stub (if faculty or staff) to the Office of Public Safety, or to the Library’s Circulation Desk.

Students in the CSI Continuing Education program sponsored by Local 1199, visiting scholars, CSI alumni, and retired CSI faculty and staff members may use the Library and may borrow books and other materials when presenting a current, validated identification card. Alumni may obtain a CSI Alumni Card through the CSI Alumni Association, located in 1A-111. All other groups listed above should contact the Office of Public Safety 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. Students who have outstanding library fines will have a Bursar stop placed on their account. Bursar stops 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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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.

Fines

  • 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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