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Borrowing Privileges for Unaffiliated Users

The University Libraries of the University at Albany, through consortial agreements such as the SUNY Open Access program and the Capital District Library Council (CDLC) Direct Access Program (DAP), offer reciprocal access and circulation privileges to faculty, staff and students of SUNY affiliated institutions and other academic institutions in the Capital Region, with valid IDs from their respective institutions.


For those individuals who do not meet our current definition of a valid borrower, or are not covered by one of our reciprocal borrowing agreements with other state and local academic institutions, the Libraries have created a new category of borrower to respond to the needs of researchers who are not currently affiliated with a college or university.


The University Libraries will provide basic service to this group of "Unaffiliated Users" for a fee of $50.00 per year (12 months). The Libraries will discount this fee to $25.00 for senior citizens (63 years or older) with appropriate identification. For this fee an individual not affiliated with the University at Albany, and not otherwise covered by an existing policy, can receive circulation privileges at the University Libraries. Circulation privileges will be limited to those already defined by the Libraries for other courtesy users.


  • Users may borrow books from the general collection, up to 25 checked out at any one time.
  • Users may borrow books from the general collection for 30 days.
  • Users may renew any books not wanted by another user twice.
  • Users may borrow materials from the Reserve Unit.
  • Users may access materials for use in the Interactive Media Center (IMC).
  • Users may borrow materials from the IMC.

THESE PRIVILEGES WILL NOT INCLUDE OTHER LIBRARY SERVICES SUCH AS COMPUTER SEARCH SERVICES, INTERLIBRARY LOAN OR REMOTE ACCESS TO LICENSED BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATABASES.


Unaffiliated users will be subject to all the rules and regulations pertaining to the use of library materials, including those relating to recalled books, overdue fines and charges for lost materials. Borrowers who do not pay such fines and charges will be blocked from further circulation privileges until such fines are paid. Ongoing abuse of circulation privileges may result in the revocation of library privileges; in such cases, there will be no rebate of any amount of the original user fee.


In order to apply for unaffiliated user privileges, please fill out a registration form at the University Library Circulation Desk and submit it, along with your driver's license or another type of photo ID, and the appropriate fee. Checks should be made out to "University at Albany."


For additional information, please contact University Library Circulation Services at 442-3569.