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Guests to Begley Library (i.e., those who are not currently enrolled students, faculty or staff) are expected to follow library policies including policies specific to guests to the library.  Failure to comply with library policy may result in loss of library privileges.

Library Policies

Access to Computers

Help Available

Access to Computers
Begley Library’s primary mission is to support the academic programs of Schenectady County Community College.Therefore, SCCC students, faculty and staff have first priority in computer use.
Limited computer access is available to members of the public who would like to access resources unique to Begley Library.
Examples of the library's unique resources include:
  • Begley library’s online catalog
  • Begley library’s online databases
Members of the public who wish to use a computer for other purposes will be referred to the public library.
  • Guests may be signed on to a computer weekdays after 2:30, and all day Saturday and during intersessions, if the librarian on duty determines there is enough availability to accommodate guest computer use.
  • Guests wishing to use a computer need to provide a photo ID and sign in at the reference desk.
  • Guests may use computers for a maximum of 2 hours a day.
  • Guests may need to end their session early to accommodate student computer use.
  • Guests who fail to comply with these policies will lose computer privileges.

Help Available
Providing research assistance to the students, faculty and staff of Schenectady County Community College is the first priority of Begley Library’s reference librarians.
Librarians will offer research assistance to guests, as time and resources permit.
This includes:
• Finding books in the library
• Finding books in other libraries
• Finding articles in the library
• Using online databases
Begley Library’s collection supports the academic programs of Schenectady County Community College.  Guests requiring resources held by the public library, for example those pertaining to genealogical research, antiques, coin collecting, etc. will be referred to the public library.
Guests requiring services not offered by Begley Library; for example assistance with resumé writing or job searching; childrens’ services; or computer-use training, such as navigating the desktop, using e-mail, using the mouse or typing will be referred to the public library.
Librarians cannot offer financial, legal, tax, or medical advice.


Borrowing Privileges
Begley Library honors current Direct Access Program (DAP) cards issued by the home libraries of program participants.
Visit or call the circulation desk at 381-1235 for more information.
Removal of books and other materials from the College library through other than use of the normal checkout procedure is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will be reported to campus security. (SCCC Student Code, sec. B.12)

Overdue Materials
The library will send an overdue notice as a courtesy, but patrons are responsible for returning materials by the due date whether or not they receive a written notice.
When materials are overdue, further borrowing privileges will be suspended.
When materials are lost or damaged, a replacement cost plus a processing fee will be charged. 

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