Food and Drink
The Libraries wish to protect library materials, space, and furniture, as well as maintain an environment conducive to study. Snacks and covered beverages are permitted in most areas. Meals or messy, noisy, or strong-smelling foods are discouraged. Food is not allowed near computer terminals or other equipment. Be careful with beverages in these areas.
Deliveries of food to the Libraries are not allowed. An exception is made for pre-approved, scheduled, catered events taking place in the Libraries. Unattended food or beverages may be disposed of by staff. Please clean up any spills right away (or alert library staff) and properly dispose of all food, trash,and recycling. The Libraries reserve the right to ask you to remove your food or beverage from the library if in the judgment of the staff it constitutes a violation of these guidelines.
The Libraries do not have a bulletin board or any other designated area for posting fliers, poster, or announcements. Any material left-on, taped, pinned, or posted to the walls, doors, furniture, or windows of the Libraries will be removed.
The privacy of all users will be respected in accordance with NY State Law, Clarkson University Policies, and Professional Standards. Information collected by the Libraries that identifies a patron or the materials they use (e.g. borrowing records or information requests), will not be disclosed to others, including university faculty or staff, except in a necessary case such as collection of fines/fees. Patron information will not be made available to any agency of state, federal, or local government except pursuant to court orders or subpoenas.
Copyright GuidelinesClarkson Libraries’ interlibrary loan, course reserves, printing/scanning/copying services, as well as resource sharing decisions, are guided by the fair-use provisions of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, specifically section 107. For detailed information, please explore our Copyright guide.
Area community, Associated College members, and other campus visitors are welcome to visit either of the Clarkson University Libraries locations to read, study, and use the public access computers.
All guests must agree to comply with the rules and regulations of Clarkson University and the Libraries. Computer access includes use of the Libraries electronic resources such as databases, journals, and e-books. Area residents may set up a library account to borrow print materials at no cost (unless fines or lost fees are accrued).
The Libraries cannot offer off-campus access to electronic resources to anyone outside of current Clarkson faculty, students, and staff with a Clarkson NetID.
We are an Empire State AcademicShare library. Therefore, AcademicSHARE Member libraries minimally agree to allow on-site access and lend materials to any current college student, staff, and/or faculty member from another Empire State AcademicShare member academic library. However, at minimum, a verifiable valid college I.D. is required. The library may choose to treat the college I.D. as confirmation the student/faculty member is in good standing. Other proof of identification or status may be required.
Gifts of Books and Materials
The Libraries may accept donations of books and other materials that extend and complement existing collections. Due to the cost of storage and processing, the Libraries are unable to accept all donations.
Gifts are accepted with the understanding that they become the property of the Clarkson University Libraries upon receipt and the Libraries may make all decisions regarding the retention, location, and disposition of donated items.
All gifts will be reviewed by an appropriate library staff member prior to acceptance by the Libraries. Acceptance is based on the criteria set forth in our collection development policies