Library Use Policy

Library Use Policy

Ithaca College Library policies are designed to promote and support the equitable and timely access to library materials for research, teaching, and lifelong learning by members of the college community.

All library patrons are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful of the normal activities and function of the library, its staff, and of other patrons. To this end, library users shall not:

  • Engage in activities that deliberately annoy others or that disrupt library operations or the use of library resources
  • Engage in behavior that is hostile, harassing, or threatening to other patrons or to library staff members
  • Damage or tamper with library property
  • Engage in illegal activity
  • Use the library for sleeping for an extended period of time, excluding incidental napping
  • Use the library building or seating as a temporary living space
  • Bring pets into the library unless they comply with exemptions listed in section 2.40 Animals/Pets of the Ithaca College policy manual

The library, working with the Office of Public Safety, reserves the right to restrict any individual from entering the Library or from using any of its materials, equipment, facilities, or services, if campus or library policies are violated. Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

Use of Library Materials and Services

Visitors are welcome to visit the library to use physical library materials and to request research and informational assistance. Due to licensing and copyright restrictions, access to licensed library databases, course reserve materials, and interlibrary loan service is limited to current IC faculty, staff, and students via Netpass authentication.

Members of the following groups may apply for an IC Affiliate library card:

  • Alumni
  • Spouses and qualified domestic partners of current employees

See the Circulation Policy for information on affiliate library privileges.

Visiting lecturers and scholars, accompanists, and any other temporary employees who are not provided a college ID card may apply for an IC affiliate library card with photo ID and proof of affiliation through their sponsoring department or the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Members of the public who do not qualify for affiliate status should request to borrow materials from the library’s collections through the interlibrary loan department at their local public library or home institution.

Media Resources

Members of the public may view and listen to multimedia materials in-house, subject to the conditions of the licensing contracts between the college and the vendors. A valid picture ID will be held until the item is returned at the multimedia services desk. To confirm access, email stating the anticipated date of your visit along with a list of requested titles.

Archives and Special Collections

Archival materials in the Ithaca College Archives and Special Collections are available for research by appointment. Archives and special collections materials may be subject to access and/or copying restrictions stipulated by the college or the depositor/donor.

Quiet Study Zones

The 4th and 5th floors of the library are designated as quiet study zones. Those patrons who wish to work in groups and converse should do so on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the library.

Wireless Internet Access

IthacaCollege-Guest is the unsecured wireless network intended for guests. This network is available in academic and administrative campus areas and offers basic web, email, and chat capabilities. Information transmitted or received on IthacaCollege-Guest is not encrypted and could be intercepted and viewed by other network users.

Use of Computers

Desktop computers are available for general access to the web. Use of the unsecured wireless network is available to guests. IC students, faculty, and staff may also use the circulating laptop computers and desktop computers to access the standard college suite of software applications and licensed library databases. Networked printing is available for IC students. The all college computer and network use policy outlines responsibilities of those who use the computer and networking facilities of the college. All users must abide by all college rules and policies, as well as local, state, and federal laws.

Ithaca College policy specifically prohibits harassment, including sexual harassment, and applies to all public areas in the library. Among other things, sexual harassment includes physical and expressive behavior of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s ability to access library resources. If your work requires access to material that may fit this definition of sexual harassment, please speak to a library staff member. We will suggest options for viewing the materials, such as using a privacy filter available from the circulation desk, or moving to a less public area.

Digital Media Center

The Digital Media Center is intended to support IC student video, audio, and graphic design activities, in addition to technology-enhanced collaboration and practice for class presentations. General workspace for personal laptops is also available. The general lab space is a quiet workspace, while the collaboration stations and presentation practice space support group work and conversation. Technology in the DMC is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The DMC is open all hours that the library is open. None of the DMC’s spaces is reservable.


The Library offers a self-service photocopier, scanner, and microfilm reader for use by all patrons. The photocopier accepts change and dollar bills. The microfilm reader is view-only for the public and saves PDF scans to a flash drive.

Marketing and Fundraising

The library is not available for marketing/fundraising activities. Student organizations are encouraged to contact the Office of Campus Center and Event Services to inquire about space on campus for marketing/fundraising events.

Lost and Found

  • The library is not responsible for personal items left unattended.
  • Items found in the library can be turned in at the circulation desk on the main floor, where they are tagged with a number and entered into a log.
  • If an item has identifying information (student IDs, books, or notebooks with names written in them, wallets, purses, etc.), library staff will make one attempt to contact the owner via phone or campus email.
  • To claim found property, visit the library circulation desk, present a form of identification and identify the item(s).
  • After thirty days, unclaimed college IDs are forwarded to the campus ID Office and room keys are forwarded to Residential Life.
  • Found items, excluding water bottles, are stored in a secure location for thirty days. After this time, unclaimed items may be discarded, donated, or absorbed by the college.
  • Unclaimed identification documents and items, including credit cards, wallets, and laptops, may be picked up by the Office of Public Safety.
  • To inquire about a missing item, call the library at (607) 274-3206, or Public Safety at (607) 274-3353.

Food and Drink

Food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed in the library; we even have a café. Patrons are expected to demonstrate care for library materials and equipment and to clean up any spills and trash.

After Hours Building Use

Library use is limited to normal operating hours when the library is staffed. Patrons are not allowed access to the library when it is closed.

Inclement Weather

The Library follows the college’s policy regarding closing during inclement weather and other emergencies. When possible, closings will be announced in advance via the library’s website.

Contact Us

Circulation Questions

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Access Services Manager
(607) 274-1689

Archives Questions

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College Archivist
(607) 274-3096

Multimedia Questions

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Multimedia Resources Manager
(607) 274-3880