Understanding Library Loans: A Short Story

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It’s simple really:   We loan books, because we are givers.

Eventually though, sometimes sooner rather than later, we will want them back. Bring items back when they are due, or when we ask you to. Please and thank you.

 If you don’t bring items back: You’ll be fined.

  • Circulating books: $.50 per day to max of $15.00

  • Recalls and Non-circulating items: $1.00 per day to max of $15.00

  • Reserves:

    • Hour Loans: $.05 per minute to max of $50.00

    • Day Loans: $5.00 per day to max of $50.00

  • Videos/DVDs: $5.00 per day to max of $50.00

  • Journals: $5.00 per day to max of $50.00

  • Laptops: $.25 per minute -$2200.00 replacement fee after 24 hours

  • iPads: $.25 per minute-$350.00 replacement fee after 24 hours

If you hurt our stuff: You’ll be billed for the damage.  This includes writing in, underlining, highlighting, using the book as a drink coaster or as your puppy’s new chew toy.  Be nice.

Worst Case Scenarios:Baxter Oh No Face

  • You don’t return it, lose it, or damage it — you pay to replace it, and our minimum is $75.00 — ouch.

  • We block drop/add, registration, graduation, transcripts…double ouch.

The Good News!  Fines are totally avoidable:

  • We tell you when our stuff is due back when you check it out.

  • We tell you again 7 days in advance of it being due via email!

  • We even remind you again the day of!

  • If we need if back earlier for any reason, we give you 10 days advance warning, that’s pretty nice of us.

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Why are we so nice? Because we are all in this together, see?  We’re partners.  Library books are for everyone!  

Access and availability is our mission, and making sure people have opportunities to find, discover, and use, (not abuse!), material is the end goal.

 Be a sport, follow the golden rule and bring your Binghamton University Libraries’ loans back on time and in good working order. Thanks!

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Welcome New Students – Join us in Bartle Library for an Informational and Festive Event!

Join us – Friday, August 28th from Noon – 2pm in Bartle Library

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 New students are invited to a fun, self-guided tour of the Library. Each stop provides a brief, overview of services and resources.  Snacks are on us, as are prizes and grand prizes, photo ops with Baxter the Bearcat and other opportunities to win free stuff! 

 Tour stops include:

  • Reader Services: See how generous our borrowing privileges are for books, films and more.
  • Research Help and Information Commons: Learn about library computer services and discover the many ways to get research help: in-person, by phone or virtually.
  • Library Stacks and Group Study: Become familiar with locating books on our shelves and reserving group study rooms online.
  • Special Collections: Enjoy an overview of our unique historical documents and rare books, including Civil War letters, late medieval manuscripts, University history and the oldest book in Broome County, New York.
  • Branch Locations:  Discover all that is available to you, in addition to Bartle resources, at our Science Library, University Downtown Center and Annex locations.
  • Bartle Instruction Lab: Find out how we support your individual and classroom learning experience, in a fun and memorable way!
  • Course Reserves:  Learn how to locate the course materials assigned to you by faculty and instructors.

We are excited to have you on campus and look forward to sharing our services and resources, as well as our food and prizes!

 Bring a friend! #BULibraries

 Event contact: Lisa Havtur @libpr@binghamton

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New Platform for Finding and Accessing Databases

Over the summer the Libraries migrated its Databases A-Z list and Browse Databases by Subject to the same platform used for our Subject Guides.

Databases can still be accessed from the Libraries’ homepage.  Click on the databases tab to either:

  • search for a specific database (e.g., SCOPUS)
  • browse databases alphabetically, or
  • browse databases by subject
Databases tab

Databases tab


Not sure what database to use?  Try the Places to Start category to access a selection of  scholarly, multi-disciplinary databases.

Please contact Ask a Librarian if you have any questions or concerns.

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Welcome Back – 10 Things about the Libraries!

Welcome back students!  10 things you should know about the Libraries:

Photo by Jonathan Cohen.

Photo by Jonathan Cohen.

1.  Seek assistance from subject specialists/librarians serving every discipline

2.  Utilize all four libraries:  BartleScienceUniversity Downtown CenterAnnex@Conklin

3. The Information Commons combines cutting-edge technology with a strong research collection }

4.  The Bartle Library is open 24/5 during the fall and spring semesters

5.  Laptop/netbook/ipad lending program

6.  Undergraduates may check out up to 100 items; Faculty and Graduates – up to 200 items

7.  Read the library blogsFacebook and Twitter for news about the Libraries

8.  Get items we do not have through Interlibrary Loan

9.  Chat, visit in-person, Skype or text message a librarian for help

10. Renew materials online or at the service desk

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Resources Orientation for New Graduate Students

Are you a new Graduate Student? 

If so, be sure to attend the Libraries’ upcoming Scholarly Resources Orientation!

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Each year the Libraries offer this event as an opportunity for new graduate students to meet their librarian in a relaxed atmosphere while learning more about available resources and services and their effective application.

  Please join us!

 SRO 2015

 Light Refreshments Provided: Coffee and Lemonade


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Interlibrary Loan Upgraded

Binghamton University Libraries has successfully completed their upgrade to the interlibrary loan system. The system is back up and running.  If you should experience any difficulties, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Office at 607-777-4985 or via e-mail mainill@binghamton.edu. Thank you for your patience.

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Find It! Upgrade

Starting on August 9th, FindIt!, the Libraries’ single search box for
articles, books, and more, will be upgraded.  The upgrade is expected to
take several days.  During this time, My Account (via Find it!) will not be
available and the Libraries’ holdings will not be updated in FindIt!

Users who wish to search the Libraries’ collections or view their account
information are encouraged to use the Library Catalog during this time.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.  Please contact Ask a
Librarian  if you have any questions or concerns.

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Welcome Kristen Gallant, New Fine Arts Librarian!

We are pleased to announce that Kristen joined the Libraries this July as the new Fine Arts Librarian.

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This is Kristen’s first librarian position and she is very much looking forward to supporting the students and faculty who use the Fine Arts and Music Collection.  She plans to enhance the collections’ visibility to the campus and greater community by continuing the social media and digital endeavors of her predecessor.

Kristen’s graduate work in Information Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia focused on digital collections, metadata creation and student instruction.  In addition, she has a MA in Art History from the same, studying polemical prints and cultural exchange during the age of the Reformation.

Outside of work Kristen spends her time visiting museums and traveling with her family.

Welcome Kristen, we are happy to have you with us!

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Free access for campus users this week to the not-yet-released documentary, “Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman”

Harper Lee Kanopy Movie

Kanopy and First Run Features are pleased to offer all Kanopy customers (including Binghamton University users) 1 week FREE access to the new release documentary, Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman. 

The film includes excerpts from Harper Lee’s new novel Go Set a Watchman and sifts through the facts and speculation surrounding Lee and both her novelsThe film will be released nationally next week so all Kanopy customers will have the opportunity to view the film before its official release.

Click here to start watching!

NOTE: Off-campus users will need to use their PODS login information to sign in

To Kill a MockingbirdHarpur Lee and her new book

For more about Harper Lee and her two novels: At Last! Today marks the long anticipated release of “Go Set a Watchman”

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At Last! Today marks the long anticipated release of “Go Set a Watchman”

To Kill a MockingbirdHarper Lee catapulted to literary fame with her single offering, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”  “Mockingbird,” a tale of racial injustice in the Old South, quickly ascended the bestseller list when it was published in 1960, where it spent 88 weeks.

Since then, the novel has sold more than 40 million copies, with reports as recently as last year reflecting sales of over 400,000; speaking not only to the quality, but to the relevance, of this enduring body of work.

Lee, now in her late eighties, retreated from the spotlight after her brilliant success – an unusual move for any “winning” author, no less one honored with a Pulitzer Prize (awarded in 1961). 

Never publishing another novel, Ms. Lee lived her life quietly over the last 50 years. With one exception, an intriguing controversy  in mid-2014, involving a former reporter from the Chicago Tribune and her book about Ms. Lee and her sister Alice.

The bombshell came in late NHarpur Lee and her new bookovember 2014, with the unexpected news that there is indeed another novel from Harper Lee, “Go Set a Watchman,” due for release July 14, 2015.

Although written a year prior to “Mockingbird,” “Watchman” presents the perspective from 20 years later. Here, the character Scout, returns as an adult to reminisce about the racial events with her father, Atticus Finch, as opposed to “Mockingbird,” where she lived (and reflected out) these events with him as a child.

Alice Lee, Harper Lee’s sister, was an attorney who oversaw and advised her famous sister’s interests.  It was only following Alice’s death at 103 in November that the first book, “Go Set a Watchman,” resurfaced – sending the literary world into an unprecedented state of anticipation and excitement over the unusual release.

To learn more about Harper Lee and her two novels, visit the Libraries!



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