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Policies

Access to the Library Building
Food and Drink
Borrowing and Memberships
Loan Periods
Overdue Fines
Loan & Fine Policies for Books Borrowed Through Inter-Library Loan (ILL)
Photocopy, Scanning, and Fax Facilities
Copyright


Access to the Library Building

The library serves the academic needs of the Manhattanville College community. We provide limited privileges to affiliates, members and the public. The library's extended hours apply to Manhattanville College ID holders only.

After 8 PM, you must have your Manhattanville ID card in order to enter the building.

Others are permitted to use the library until 8 PM or our regular closing time, whichever comes first.

Access questions? Contact Jeff Rosedale, Library Director.

Food and Drink

Snacks and drinks are permitted in most parts of the Library with the following restrictions:

Permitted

  • Dry snacks (e.g., crackers, pretzels, candy, cookies, etc.)
  • Drinks in covered containers

NOT Permitted

  • Potentially messy or aromatic items (e.g., sandwiches, pizza, salad, fruit, popcorn, etc.)
  • Drinks in containers without covers
  • Food delivery to the library
  • Food or drinks of any kind in the archives or rare book room

Library Cafe
Drinks and food are permitted in the cafe area.

Why do we have these restrictions?

To protect the collection and equipment.

  • To prevent infestation of bugs, mice, and other pests.
  • To keep floors and furnishings in good condition.

Please help us ensure our library stays clean and inviting.

  • Pick up after yourself.
  • Report any spills promptly to the library staff.
  • Empty unused liquids into bathroom sinks before disposing of cups.
  • Dispose of all containers and trash appropriately, recycling whenever possible.
  • Leave no trace.  Thank you for helping us keep your library clean.

Borrowing and Memberships

All Manhattanville College students, faculty, and staff may borrow materials from the Library by presenting a valid College I.D. card at the Circulation Desk.

Alumni of Manhattanville College and adult members of the community can purchase a membership at the Circulation Desk.  Memberships have limited borrowing privileges and do not include offsite access to the library's databases. 

Please call us at 914-323-5275 to arrange an appointment to come to campus and join the library or have us mail you an enrollment form.

  • Membership fees for alumni and community members are:
  • New graduates (2011 and later)- $35
  • Alumni (2010 and earlier)- $75
  • All others (Community membership)- $125
  • Memberships are valid through December 31 of the current calendar year. 

Loan Periods

Please note that periodicals, microfilm, and reference materials do not circulate.

Books in the General Circulating Collection:

  • Students: 28 days
  • Faculty: 180 days
  • Staff: 28 days
  • Alumni: 28 days

Books and Audiovisual materials on Reserve for a course:

  • 3 hours; in-library use only

Audio Cassettes; Compact Discs (CDs); Videos; DVDs; and other media not on Reserve for a course:

 (Available to Manhattanville Students, Faculty and Staff only)

  • 3 days

Overdue Fines

To guarantee access to library materials the following overdue fines are in effect.

Please note that a replacement charge and processing fee will be automatically added to these figures for lost, damaged and long-overdue items.  After items are returned the replacement charge and processing fee will be cleared, leaving the borrower responsible for the late charge only.

Books in the General Circulating Collection:

  • Students, Staff, Members, Alumni, Special Borrowing Groups
  • Fine Rate:  $0.50 per day
  • Maximum late fine per book:  $25.00

Books and Audiovisual materials on Reserve for a course:

  • Fine Rate:  $1.00 per hour
  • Maximum late fine per item:  $50.00

Audio Cassettes; Compact Discs (CDs); Videos; DVDs; and other media not on Reserve for a course:

(Available to Manhattanville Students, Faculty and Staff only)

  • Fine Rate:  $5.00 per day
  • Maximum late fine per item:  $15.00

Fines are payable by cash or personal checks only. Payment can be made at the Circulation Desk during normal business hours. 

Questions, inquiries or concerns can be sent by email to the Circulation Department or by phone at (914) 323-5275.

Loan & Fine Policies for Books Borrowed Through Inter-Library Loan (ILL)

Due Date

The Due Date for ILL books varies according to policies set by the lending library. Every ILL book comes with a paper sleeve attached with the due date and policy information.  The ILL book sleeve may not be removed; if an ILL book is returned to us without a book sleeve, a fine of $10.00 will be charged to your Library account. 

Renewing an ILL book

Renewals to extend an ILL due date are entirely at the discretion of the lending institution and cannot be guaranteed.  If you want to renew an ILL item please follow the instructions for Renewing an Item on the ILLiad User Help Web page.  Please make sure to submit a renewal request at least three business days before the book is due. 

When the Interlibrary Loan department receives your renewal request, it will contact with the lending library and notify you by email of all new Due Dates.  Renewals must be requested before the due date on the paper sleeve, and are granted at the sole discretion of the lending library.  

Overdue ILL Books

Once an ILL book is overdue, it may not be renewed.

Fines

A fine of $1.00 per book per day is charged for each book overdue. 

ILL books returned 25 or more days late will be assessed a maximum late fine of $25.00 per book.   ILL fines should be paid promptly, by cash or check, at the Circulation Desk. 

Lost Items

A replacement charge (at the lending library's discretion) and our processing fee ($15.00) will be added to the maximum late fine for each lost, damaged or long-overdue ILL book.

Borrowing Restrictions

On occasion, the lending library places restrictions on ILL books given to you.  If there are any restrictions, they will be noted on the paper sleeve of the borrowed book. 

Recalled Books

Sometimes the lending institution will recall your ILL book because they need it.  In that event, our office will call you and ask you to return your ILL book to our Library within two business days, otherwise ILL fines will accrue accordingly.

Materials Ineligible for ILL RequestsA/V materials (Videotapes, DVDs, CDs, cassettes, phonograph records)

  • E-Books
  • E-Journal printed material

ILL Additional Information

Many academic libraries (including Manhattanville College Library) are closed during the holiday season; therefore, expect delays of up to 2 weeks for requests submitted during the last two weeks of December.

Kindly respect the privileges we enjoy as a borrowing Institution by handling all books with care and respectfully observing due dates.

Printing, Photocopying, Scanning, and Faxing Facilities

The Library has four large public printers.  Access is through the campus ID or a paid printing card available at the Circulation Desk.  Students are allowed 300 pages of free black and white printing every semester.  Charges after that are 5 cents per page. 

The Library has 2 photocopy machines located on the main level of the library near the Circulation Desk. The cost for black and white copies is 10 cents per copy; color copies are 25 cents apiece. A copy card vending machine is located in the area for your convenience. 

Two public scanners are available in the same service area.  Files can be transmitted to a smartphone, email account, cloud storage account, or  USB drive. 

A public Fax machine is located adjacent to the photocopiers.  Payment is by credit card only.

Copyright

Patrons are responsible for ensuring that materials received through Interlibrary Loan are used in accordance with copyright law.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.