General Code of Conduct

All materials must be charged out at the Circulation Desk before they can be taken out of the Library.   Attempts to remove materials without charging them out will be referred to the New York State University Police and Student Affairs for disciplinary and/or criminal action.  

If Library security gate alarms sound, patrons are expected to return to the Circulation Desk to have bags and backpacks checked by staff or security guards.  

Do not leave valuables, laptops, cell phones, etc. unattended in the Library. The Library and the college are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Library staff cannot assume responsibility for your possessions. Do not ask staff to watch your belongings or hold them at the service desks.  

Patrons who are noisy and disruptive or fail to adhere to Library and college policies will be asked to leave the Library.  University Police will be notified if there is failure to comply.

Access to the roof or climbing on the exterior of the building is prohibited. University Police  will be notified about any violators. 

Proper Attire 

Appropriate attire is required, including shirts and shoes.   

Noise & Cell Phones

Cell phone use is allowed in certain areas of the Library, depending on the study zone. Cell phone conversations and audible ringing are not allowed in silent or quiet study zones. For complete information on allowable cell phone use in different zones, please see the descriptions of study zones. In general, when in the Library:

  • Please keep cell phones on silent or vibrate.
  • Respect others in your immediate surroundings by using brief, low voice conversation.
  • The Library will not be responsible for cell phone loss or damage.


Vandalizing or defacing materials including removal of covers, cases, pages, labels, security strips, identifying markings is prohibited. Violators will be referred to University Police and Student Affairs for disciplinary and/or criminal proceedings.

Vandalism of library property and building is also prohibited and will be referred to University Police. This includes:

  • Graffiti
  • Markings on walls, doors, furniture, projection screens, etc.
  • Permanent markers on white boards
  • Damaging furniture, bathroom fixtures, equipment, vending machines 

Obstructing Windows or Creating Barriers

It is not permitted to cordon off or to obstruct the view into any library space that does not have shades or blinds for this purpose. It is prohibited to:

  • Cover the windows or doors of study carrels or group study rooms
  • Hang blankets, sheets, etc. from walls or ceilings
  • Erect a barrier, or move furniture that blocks access to any area of the Library

Alcohol and Tobacco

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the Library. Violators will be referred to University Police and Student Affairs for disciplinary action. Exceptions may be made for college-sanctioned special events in accordance with the college’s Alcohol Policy and with the prior approval of the Library director.

Tobacco is not permitted in the Library. Violators will be referred to University Police and Student Affairs for disciplinary action. In addition to the college’s Tobacco Free Policy, smoking and vaping any substance is prohibited in the Library.   

Skateboards, Bicycles, etc.

Skateboarding, riding scooters, rollerblading, rollerskating, and hover boarding are not permitted in the Library or on the steps, ramp, and railings surrounding the building.

Bicycles may not be brought into the Library or chained to the railings outside. Please use the bicycle racks on the north side of the Library’s entrance. 

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Library users are expected to comply with the Purchase College Academic and Professional Integrity Policy by completing original work and avoiding cheating and plagiarism. The Library values the ethical use of information and research in all academic and creative works. The campus Academic Integrity Policy requires students to properly cite, paraphrase, and attribute any ideas which are not their own. Crediting scholars who came before contributes to an ongoing academic discourse, promotes a culture of integrity, and protects the rights of authors and creators, including those within the Purchase College community.   

To learn about plagiarism and proper citation techniques, visit the Citation Guide. To learn techniques for avoiding plagiarism, see the Academic Integrity Tutorial in Moodle (sign in to view). Remember, when in doubt, you can always ask a librarian about citing and paraphrasing sources, using copyrighted images, formatting bibliographies, etc.


You are expected to comply with copyright laws. Please see our Copyright Guide for more information.