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LIBRARY POLICIES





Access Policy

All are welcome to use the services and print collections of the Library. Our primary objective is to meet the academic needs of Franklin & Marshall College. Others may be asked to yield to the needs of our primary users. After 9 pm during semesters buildings are reserved for current students, faculty, and professional staff.

Visitors under 18 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times. Arrangements can be made to assist patrons of any age who need to find government information.




Borrowing Policy

Group Material Time ID
Franklin & Marshall
Students 50 books + 1 reserve item + 5 DVDs + ILL + EZBorrow + databases Books: 28 days
Reserve: 2-4 hours
DVDs: 7 days
EZ Borrow: 28 days
ILL: varies
F&M ID
FPS (including retirees) 100 books + 1 reserve item + 5 DVDs + ILL + EZBorrow + databases Books: annually
Reserve: 2-4 hours
DVDs: 7 days
EZ Borrow: 28 days
ILL: varies
F&M ID
FPS spouses, partners & children under 21 5 books Books: 28 days F&M ID
Alumni & their spouses & partners 5 books Books: 28 days F&M ID
Friends of the College 5 books Books: 28 days F&M ID
Friends of the Library 5 books Books: 28 days F&M ID
Affiliates & Programs
Center for Talented Youth Instructors 20 books Books: 28 days, or end of session CTY ID
North Museum Staff 5 books + databases Books: 28 days F&M ID
Nearby Colleges
ACLCP Institutions 5 books Books: 28 days Current College ID
Unaffiliated Visitors None



Fines & Renewals

To encourage prompt return of materials you will be charged a small fine if you miss a due date.

Type Fine Renewal
Book 25 ¢
per day
28 days
DVD $1
per day
7 days
Reserve Item $1
per hour
-
Recalled Item $1
per day
-
Lost Item $70
per item, minimum
-
Interlibrary Loan $1
per day, after a week's grace
30 days
at institutional discretion
EZ-Borrow Book 25 ¢
per day
28 days



Animal Policy

Only service and therapy animals registered with the Office of Disability Services are welcome in library buildings. For more, please see F&M's official service animal policy.




Bicycle Policy

Bicycles are most welcome on campus and bicycle racks can be found outside both Shadek-Fackenthal Library and Martin Library of the Sciences. To maintain safety and access bicycles are not permitted in Library public spaces. Students may borrow bicycles through our Bike Loan Program.




Computing Policy

Current F&M students, faculty and staff have priority access to our resources.

Unaffiliated visitors can access:

Direct affiliates of the College (alumni, prospective students & parents, FPS spouses/partners, campus speakers) may also utilize our electronic resources while on site via staff assisted desktop access (subject to computer availability). Please ask for assistance in the Research Services Office.

The library can not be held liable for materials viewed and used. Displaying adult websites on public computers in the presence of others could be construed as sexual harassment. Please refer to the following College policies:




Friends of the Library Policy

Friends of the Library enjoy special benefits including:

  • Borrowing privileges for all circulating print collections
  • Invitations to Friends sponsored lectures and events

The Friends of the Library at Franklin & Marshall College was organized in October 1986 as a prelude to the bicentennial celebration of the College. The purpose of the Friends is to advance the Library as a cultural and historical resource both within the College and in the larger community by providing support for development of library collections beyond the confines of the instructional program.

Books, however, are uppermost on the agenda of the Friends. The primary use of membership dues is for books and manuscripts whose acquisition would not normally be possible using the funds supplied by the College for regular library purchases. These may include examples of contemporary bookmaking from small presses, additions to established rare books and manuscript collections (such as the Unger-Bassler Collection of German Americana), or simply desirable works too expensive to be purchased otherwise.

Membership is open to all 21 years and older who live within a 2 hours drive of the College and wish to consider themselves Friends of the Franklin & Marshall College Library in the following membership categories:

Seniors (65+)$5
F&M Student$5
Active - Single$25
Active - Couple$35
Contributing$50
Sustaining$100
Patron$250+

The membership year begins upon registration and will expire in 365 days.

To Join:

Stop by a circulation desk, or drop us a note with your Name, Address and Membership Contribution, or print and complete the online Friends of the Library application (PDF), and send to:

Friends of the F&M College Library
Shadek-Fackenthal Library
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604-3003




Gift Policy

The library is happy to receive gift books that fall within the scope of our collection. Gifts are accepted with the understanding that they become the property of Franklin & Marshall College Library once they are received and the Library may make all decisions regarding use, disposition, etc. Appraisals of gifts are the responsibility of the donor.

Please include a completed Gift Book Form (PDF) (also available at the circulation desk) with your donation. If you have any additional questions please contact Tom Karel, tkarel@fandm.edu, (717) 291-3845.




Responsible Use Policy

The library is a shared community space and as such all patrons will help to maintain an environment conducive to both research and study. Personal belongings should not be left unattended and the library is not responsible for unattended items. Thank you for being considerate to other library visitors.




Library Spaces

Quiet Study:

Floors 2 & 3 in both Shadek-Fackenthal and Martin are designated as quiet study areas. Please hold calls when in quiet study areas.

Collaborative Study:

The 1st and Ground floors in both library buildings, as well as the Mezzanine in Shadek-Fackenthal are designated as collaborative study spaces.

Group Study Rooms:

Both library buildings have a selection of group study rooms. The Group Study Spaces in Shadek-Fackenthal can be reserved by members of the campus community at the circulation desk while the Group Study Spaces in Martin are available on a first come, first served basis. You can learn more about these spaces here.

The Academy Room:

Located in Shadek-Fackenthal Library, when available, this space is designated as quiet study. During the academic year it may be reserved for various library and faculty center events, and is otherwise available on a first come, first served basis. Members of the campus community may request to use this space by contacting Scott Vine (x3840) or Mike Horn (x4216).

The Library Classroom:

Located in Shadek-Fackenthal Library, when available, this room is open as a computer lab and collaborative study space. During the year it may be reserved for a variety of library events, and is otherwise available on a first come, first served basis.

The Martin Seminar Room:

Located in Martin Library of the sciences, when available, this space is designated as quiet study. During the academic year it may be reserved for various library events. Members of the campus community may request to use this space by contacting Andy Gulati (x4261) or Jared Julius (x4410).

SparkSpace:

Located in Shadek-Fackenthal Library, when available, this room is open as a collaborative study space. During the year it is reserved as a classroom, as well as for a variety of library, IET, and Faculty Center events. Otherwise, it is available on a first come, first served basis. Members of the campus community may request to use this space by contacting Scott Vine (x3840) or Teb Locke (x4339).




Food & Drink Policy

While food and drink is permitted in the library we ask that you protect our collections by:

  • Bringing capped or spill resistant drinks only
  • Limiting food to items that will not disturb other patrons and are easy to clean up
  • Cleaning up trash & recycling when finished

Due to the unique value of items in the Archives & Special Collections, food and drink are prohibited.




Smoking & Tobacco Policy

Smoking and use of tobacco products is prohibited in library buildings. This includes, but is not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, E-cigarettes, and snuff. In accordance with campus policy, smoking is only permitted at least 30 feet away from campus buildings. Thank you for being considerate to other library visitors.




The College Library reserves the right to enforce all library and campus policies. Those who abuse privileges will be asked to leave and may no longer be permitted to use College Library facilities. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.



 

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