Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct, governing the use of the University Libraries, has been formulated to ensure fair access to resources and services, to provide facilities conducive to serious study and to protect the collections. Library users agree to abide by this code of conduct while using library facilities and resources. Library users who do not comply with the library code may be asked to leave the libraries, have their borrowing privileges revoked, and/or be referred to Community Standards.
Collection Development Policy
The purpose of the Collection Development Policy is to communicate the University Libraries’ priorities and principles for building its collections to the University at Albany community, and to provide guidance to those responsible for supporting the collections.
The University Libraries’ Collection Development Policy augments the University’s mission of academic excellence by creating and maintaining collections that support the current and future needs for learning, teaching, and research for the community of undergraduate, graduate students, faculty and staff.
Creative Commons Licensing
The University at Albany Libraries supports the research, teaching, learning, and public engagement missions of the University through our collections and services. Our website provides public access to a wide range of materials, including digitized text and image collections, archival finding aids, and instructional guides.
Enabling open access to these collections and resources for the global community is part of the Libraries’ commitment to building more equitable access to knowledge.
Gifts in Kind Policy
Donations of books and other types of information resources are considered to be “gifts in kind.” Such gifts are welcomed by the University Libraries as one means of developing the Libraries’ collections. Gifts in kind are accepted for the University Libraries by the Dean of University Libraries on behalf of the University at Albany Foundation. They are acknowledged in writing whenever the donor and his/her address are known.
Policy: Library Services For Persons With Disabilities
The University Libraries provide facilities and services to individuals with permanent and temporary disabilities. The overall goal is to provide users with all-inclusive, fair and equitable access to services, resources and facilities. A guiding principle is the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act (Public Law 110- 325). In addition, the Libraries adhere to the guidelines provided by New York State (https://ag.ny.gov/civil-rights/disability-rights) and local laws, SUNY Libraries Accessibility Guidelines and the University at Albany Disability Resource Center’s reasonable accommodation policy.
Reference Services Policy
The mission of Reference Services is to facilitate access to the University Libraries’ collections and services. Librarians assist patrons in finding information and in learning how to conduct research to find information on their own.
University Libraries Preservation Policy
The purpose of this policy is to define the University at Albany Libraries’ objectives and responsibility for the long-term preservation of its collections. The concept and practice of preventive care is a fundamental goal of this policy.