The SUNY Erie Libraries are dedicated to selecting library materials that support the educational mission and curricula of the college.
Library faculty seek to maintain a non-discriminatory policy in the selection of library materials to provide a choice of information and opinion sources to further the pursuit of learning. To this end, librarians at SUNY Erie fully endorse the Freedom to Read statement and the Library Bill of Rights, both created by the American Library Association.
The primary clientele served by the SUNY Erie libraries is the students, faculty,
and staff of the college. Collection development is primarily curricular-driven. Faculty
recommendations are essential to help maintain the currency of the collection. Staff
and student suggestions for new materials are also encouraged.
About the Library
Selection of library materials is dependent upon the following:
- Educational and recreational needs of the college’s clientele including students, faculty, staff and administrators.
- Regulations of the N.Y.S. Education Department: Regulation 52.2(a)(4) of the N.Y.S. Education Department states, “the institution shall provide libraries that possess and maintain collections sufficient in depth and breadth to support the mission of the institution and each registered curriculum.”
- Availability of information sources and research databases cooperatively funded by SUNYConnect, a joint initiative of the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) and SUNY libraries to share collections and services across the State University of New York.
- Financial and physical limitations of the library.
- Conformance to the requirements and limitations of the copyright laws.
- If materials cannot be purchased, every effort will be made to provide the same or similar materials via local, regional or national cooperative inter-library loan services.
Criteria for Selection
Judgments of experts, professionally trained staff members, and qualified reviewers in the media provide a balance of opinion as the basis for selection. Though a variety of criteria is used for each subject, final decision is based on the value of the material to the library and its patrons, regardless of the personal taste of the selectors.
Some of these criteria may include accuracy, authority and competence in presentation, availability of information elsewhere in the community, contemporary significance, ease of use, format, language, popular demand, price, quality in content and format, recommendations or requirements of accrediting agencies, relation of work to existing collection (duplication balance), scarcity of information in subject area, and subject currency. These factors and criteria apply equally to materials purchased and those accepted as gifts.
Continuous periodic evaluation of library holdings is an essential part of collection development. The same criteria are used in discarding materials from the collection as are used in their acquisition.
Censorship of materials shall be contested in order to maintain the college’s responsibility to provide information and the means for enlightenment. Challenges of library materials must be registered in writing before any action can take place.
SUNY Erie follows US Copyright law as related photocopying and use of copyrighted materials. View our Copyright Guidelines.
- Currently enrolled SUNY Erie students and current SUNY Erie employees may borrow up to fifteen books at a time, for thirty (30) days, from any of the SUNY Erie libraries. A current SUNY Erie ID card is required to borrow materials.
- Residents of Erie County, NY, including alumni, may borrow up to ten books, for thirty (30) days, from the SUNY Erie North or South Campus libraries by using picture ID and registering as a patron.
- Those who work in Erie County, NY, may borrow up to ten books, for thirty (30) days, from the SUNY Erie North or South Campus libraries by using proof of employment and registering as a patron.
- Current SUNY students/faculty from campuses other than SUNY Erie may borrow up to ten books, for thirty (30) days, from the SUNY Erie City, North or South Campus libraries as part of the SUNY Open Access program. Current SUNY ID and proof of address are required.
- AcademicSHARE users may borrow up to ten books, for thirty (30) days, from the SUNY Erie North, South, or City Campus libraries. A valid ID card from the patron’s home institution allows patrons to borrow from and have on-site access to library materials at other participating WNYLRC member academic libraries.
Library books can be renewed for two additional thirty (30) day loan periods unless another person has requested the item, at which point it must be returned. Renewals can be made in person, by phone or online. To renew by phone, call the library circulation desk where the book was borrowed (City 851-1074, North 851-1273, South 851-1772).
To renew online:
- Visit My Library Account
- Sign in using your SUNY Erie network account.
- Click on the Loans tab in the menu.
- Click on "Renew All" or "Renew" next to the specific item you wish to renew.
Borrowing Laptops and iPads
Only SUNY Erie students, faculty and staff can borrow the laptop computers and iPads
available in the SUNY Erie libraries. Laptops and iPads are for in-library use only
and may be borrowed for up to 2 hours.
Laptop and iPad users must have a current SUNY Erie ID card and an active campus network account.
Lost or Late Materials
- Late Returns: The owner of the ID used to borrow an item is responsible for its return. Please check the due date stamped in the borrowed items and return them on or before that date.
- Lost Materials: If an item is lost, please contact the library immediately. An item not returned four weeks after its due date is considered lost, and a bill will be sent to the borrower for its cost, plus a $10 billing fee. If an item designated as lost is returned, the borrower will be responsible for paying the late fines. All fees and fines are nonrefundable.
- If an item is out of print and no cost can be determined, the borrower will be charged $20 for paperbacks and $40 for hardbound and the $10 billing fee. Audiovisual material will be billed at the replacement cost.
Sign into Primo, the library's catalog and discovery platform, using your SUNY Erie network account, search for the desired item, and click the Request/Resource Sharing link in the item's record to complete the request.
Detailed instruction can be found on our Library Resource Center website.
You will be notified via email when your item arrives. Check on the status of your request by visiting My Library Account. Please allow several business days for delivery.
Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service whereby a user in one library can borrow books, articles, and other items from another library. SUNY Erie partners with other libraries to loan our materials and to borrow their materials. As a user, you make the request at your SUNY Erie library or online. SUNY Erie library staff will process the request and notify you when your item arrives.