Rensselaer Libraries

Access Rules

Posted: Feb 20, 2017

Public Access
The libraries are open to the general public. A Rensselaer ID card is required to open the front doors of Folsom library. Those without an ID card may enter by using the intercom button immediately outside the doors, and may be asked to show a picture ID upon entry.

Library computers are provided in support of Rensselaer's educational and research missions. Use of this equipment for other purposes is not permitted. All library users are expected to adhere to Rensselaer's policies on Electronic Citizenship . Access to library computers by members of the Rensselaer community takes precedence over access by the general public.

Access Rules
  • Individuals may be required to show or deposit an acceptable form of identification. This may be
    • An unexpired Rensselaer or other college ID
    • An unexpired driver's license
  • Minors 16 years of age or under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • A quiet study atmosphere is expected in study and meeting rooms, reading and stack areas at all times.
  • The third and fourth floors are geared toward individual study. Group study is more appropriate on the first and second floors
  • Individuals are expected to leave promptly at closing time, in emergencies, and during evacuation drills.
  • With the exception of guide dogs, no animals are permitted inside library facilities.

Emergency Evacuation and Fire Drills
An electronic horn signals emergency evacuations. All library users and staff are required to exit library buildings by the nearest designated exit. New York State law requires periodic fire drills.

Security Alarms
Library materials are protected by an electronic security system. When the system's alarm sounds, the person exiting must return to the Service Desk. If unauthorized library materials are discovered, the incident is reported to the appropriate administrative authority for disciplinary action. Such action may include, but not be limited to, loss of library privileges, disciplinary warning, disciplinary probation, expulsion from the Institute, or legal prosecution.

Closing Time Signal
Notice is given 30 minutes before closing, signaling the return of group study room keys and class reserve materials. Users have 15 minutes until the Service Desk closes to borrow library materials.

Late Night Study Hours
No desk services are available during late night study hours when only Building Safety Monitors are on duty. A public announcement is made by Public Safety 5 minutes prior to closing directing everyone to exit the building.

Requests for Exceptions to Standard Access to Folsom Library
Access to the Folsom Library is established with the issuance of a valid Rensselaer ID.

Changes to the level of access, or for access not previously granted, must be requested from the library in the form of an email from the requestor's department. The request must include the individual's name, RIN, start date, end date, and reason for request. Departments requesting access prior to the building opening must provide justifications for the request.

Visiting scholars, visiting researchers and visiting faculty will be granted access to the library during the hours that the building is open.

Access to the library prior to opening constitutes a security issue and will be approved as deemed appropriate at the discretion of the library. Designated individuals granted access to the building prior to opening are not to allow anyone else to enter with them. Failure to comply with this policy will result in the loss of early access to the library.

Access requests will be reviewed by the appropriate library staff. Approved requests will be signed and forwarded to Public Safety for processing. The requesting department will be notified of any requests not approved.

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