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Library Policies

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 OneSearch (learn how). Users may also access databases and electronic resources for which CUNY Central has purchased university-wide licenses. CUNYFirst usernames and passwords are used 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. (Please note: due to publisher restrictions, we are not able to provide access to online resources to alumni.)  All other groups listed above should contact the Office of Parking & DolphinCard Services, located in 3A-106, to obtain a valid CSI identification card.

Students and faculty may bring children into the library while they work as long as the children are supervised and not disruptive to other Library patrons. CUNY policy states that all children on University property should never be left unattended. In the event that a parent or guardian of a child fails to adequately supervise his or her child, the parent or guardian will be asked to remove the child from the premises.