All current students, faculty, administrators, and staff of Cayuga Community College, as well as alumni and residents of Cayuga and Oswego counties who are 18 years of age and older, may borrow materials from the Library. Students and faculty enrolled in or teaching classes at Empire State College on the Auburn campus, students and faculty of Wells College, and students enrolled at other SUNY colleges – all are eligible to apply for a Library card and to borrow materials. Patrons must present a current library card to borrow materials.


To apply for a library account, Cayuga students should present a current Cayuga-issued student ID with photo in order to activate their account. The student ID will then be used as Library Card. Students enrolled in Empire State College, Wells College, and other SUNY colleges must present a valid student ID with photo from their home institutions in order to be issued a Cayuga Library Card. Faculty from these institutions must present proof of current affiliation.

All patrons other than students and staff of Cayuga Community College must present proof of current address and a photo ID.

A library account can remain in use for an indefinite period and must be renewed annually. Lost cards should be reported at the Library Circulation Desk as soon as possible. A charge is made for the replacement of lost library cards.

Because library patrons are responsible for all library materials charged against their library account, they should not lend their privileges to others.


Collection Loan Period
Audio Books (maximum one) 3 weeks
Circulating Periodicals 1 week
General Books 3 weeks
Music CDs (maximum 3) 3 weeks
Reserve Materials As determined by instructor
Videos/DVDs (maximum 2) 1 week
Bound Periodicals, Reference, Indexes, and Local History materials Most items do not circulate. Inquire at the Circulation Desk for questions about a specific title.


Most library materials, unless otherwise noted, are renewable for a specific loan period. Renewals may be made in person, by telephone, or through a patron’s account using the online library catalog. Materials on which there is a hold for another patron, or which are overdue, cannot be renewed.


Patrons may request that a hold be placed on materials which are currently loaned to another patron. Holds may be placed at the Circulation Desk, by phone, or through the online catalog. The patron requesting the hold will be notified when the material is available. Items will be held at the Circulation Desk for five business days. Holds may not be placed on items in the Reserve collection.


Borrowing privileges vary according to patron category and by type of material. No single patron should ask to borrow all the Library’s collection on a given subject.

Refer to this chart for maximum numbers of items.

Patron Category Maximum Total Number of Items Borrowed Circulating Books and Periodicals Audio Books Music CDs Videos/DVDs Reserve Items
Cayuga Students and Staff 20 20 1 3 2 2
Alumni 7 7 1 3 2 0
SUNY Open Access Students 10 10 1 3 2 0
Reciprocal Borrowers 10 10 1 3 2 0
County Residents 5 5 1 3 2 0

The Library reserves the right to withdraw borrowing privileges from any patron who has outstanding obligations over and above what is considered reasonable and customary. (See Library Obligations)


Interlibrary Loan services are available to current students, staff, and alumni of Cayuga, and to students enrolled at other SUNY institutions and at Empire State College. See the Library’s Inter-library Loan Policy for more information.



The Library charges fines for items returned past their due dates. Fines for circulating items (for example, books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks) are charged at ten cents per day per item, for each day that the Library is open past the date that the item was due. If an item is returned within a two-day grace period after a due date, no fines will be charged. Fines for Interlibrary Loan items are calculated at $1.00 per day. Employees of Cayuga Community College do not incur fines.

Fines for items in the Library Reserve Collection are calculated at $.50 per hour.


Patrons are responsible to pay fees for damage to any library materials that is deemed to be the result of that patron’s negligence. Damage that is the result of normal “wear and tear” is not the responsibility of the patron.

Type of material Condition Replacement Fee Processing or Reorder Fee
Print book, audiobook, CD, or DVD, in press Lost or damaged beyond repair Current retail price $5.00
Book Damage to binding only $7.00
Book or audiobook not in press Lost or damaged beyond repair $30.00 $5.00
Music recording not in press Lost or damaged $15.00 $5.00
Educational DVD not in press Lost or damaged Based on original purchase price. $5.00
Feature film DVD not in press Lost or damaged $25.00 $5.00
Periodical Lost or damaged beyond repair $8.00 $3.00
Interlibrary loan item Lost or damaged Determined by lending library


If a patron has paid for lost materials and the materials are later found and returned, the replacement charge will be refunded provided the materials are returned within 90 days of the payment. Processing and reorder fees will not be refunded.


Interlibrary Loan Services: Generally there is no cost to request items through interlibrary loan. If the lending library imposes a charge, Cayuga Community College Library reserves the right to pass on the charge to the patron.

Photocopies: Printed copies using the Library’s photocopying machine are 10 cents per copy.


When unpaid fines/fees exceed $2.50 or when a patron has overdue items, the patron will not be permitted to borrow or renew materials until the obligation is satisfied. Grades and copies of a college transcript will also be withheld until obligations are satisfied.