Services for Community Patrons FAQ

Borrowing Privileges

The Binghamton University Libraries (Bartle, Science, and the University Downtown Center) are open to the public during normal business hours. Borrowing privileges are extended to members of the local community for a small fee. For more information, see Circulation Services for Courtesy Borrowers.

Guest Computer Access

Computers in the University Libraries are intended for the academic and professional use of Binghamton University faculty, staff, and students. Guest access to computers is limited to four Community Access PCs in Bartle Library, once Community Access PC in the Science Library, and one Community Access PC in the UDC Library-Information Commons, on a space available basis.

You may obtain a guest account from the Bartle Library Reader Services Desk, Bartle Library Research Help Desk, Bartle Library Information Commons Service Desk, Science Library Reader Services Desk, or the University Downtown Center Library Reader Services Desk. A valid picture ID and a completed Library Guest Computer Account User Agreement are required to obtain a guest account. Accounts may only be used in the issuing library. Accounts are issued for a two-hour period. After two hours, you may be asked to relinquish your workstation if patrons are waiting to use computers. The policy for guest access at the University Downtown Center Library-Information Commons differs slightly.

To ensure computer availability for students, guest accounts will not be issued during busy periods (frequently in the afternoons and evenings), mid-term exam week, and the final two weeks of the fall and spring semesters.

Any person using a computer for non-academic purposes may be asked to yield the computer to a person with an academic need.

Who are guest users?

Guest users are local residents and other visitors who are not affiliated with Binghamton University, but who are given limited access to the University Libraries' facilities, resources and services as a courtesy. Individuals registered as courtesy borrowers and library visitors using guest computer accounts are all considered guest users.

Why is authentication required?

A sign-on is required to use all public computers in the Libraries. Authentication is necessary to ensure network security. For more information: Binghamton University Privacy Policy

Why are there different privileges for guest users and students/faculty?

The Binghamton University Libraries’ essential mission is to serve the faculty, students, and staff of the University in their teaching, learning and research obligations. We welcome alumni and guest users, but cannot extend to them all of the resources provided to us by the University. The computers in the University Libraries' are paid for through a student technology fee, and, therefore, students have priority for their use. Moreover, the Binghamton University Libraries cannot provide enough computers to meet the demand of Binghamton University students and researchers. We believe by limiting guest time, everyone will have a better chance of finding an available computer. Also, the improved security that accompanies authentication lowers the risk of a major disruption in service to the campus network.

What computer resources are available to guest users?

We don’t have enough computers to meet demand. By limiting guest access to two hours, we can better meet the need for our computer resources.

Why do you have a two-hour time limit?

A sign-on is required to use all public computers in the Libraries. Authentication is necessary to ensure network security. For more information: Binghamton University Privacy Policy

Why must a guest be  18 to qualify for guest computer access?

The Binghamton University Libraries exist primarily to serve the needs of the university community, and we do not filter our network or the Internet. Underage researchers with a government information need may phone ahead or ask at the Research Help Desk for special accommodation.

I am a Binghamton graduate. Do I have any privileges beyond those of a guest user?

At this time alumni are not provided with any special computer network privileges. However, high quality research resources are freely available on the web. Details here.

Where do I go to receive an account?

You may obtain a guest account from the Bartle Library Circulation Desk, Bartle Library Information Commons Service Desk, Science Library Information Services Desk, or the University Downtown Center Library-Information Commons Service Desk.

When can an account be revoked?

Instances when an account can be revoked include, but are not limited to, anytime a guest violates the Binghamton University Library Computer Guest Account User Agreement. Please read the following policies for more information:

Guests may also have their privileges revoked if they are disruptive to other patrons and library staff: A disruptive patron is defined as anyone whose behavior is deemed harassing, threatening, or abusive (either spoken, written, or physically) by the recipient. Disruptive patrons are generally, but not necessarily, speaking in a louder than normal tone and may be using threatening bodily motions (waving hands, pounding fists or books, etc.) or using inflammatory language (cursing, ethnic slurs, etc.) or exhibiting offensive behavior (racial or sexual in nature, etc.).

Last Updated: 9/18/14