Code of Conduct

The Library strives to provide for its authorized users: 

  • access to library materials or an ability to recall them according to library policy
  • journals, documents and books that are complete and unmarked
  • surroundings and library collections free from the problems caused by food, beverages, and other damaging substances
  • a library environment suitable for reading, study and activities in support of campus research and instructional programs.

Prohibited Behaviors

Certain behaviors, detailed below, are in conflict with these goals.

Use and Protection of the Collections

  • Removing or attempting to remove library materials, equipment or property without proper checkout or other official library authorization.
  • Failing to either renew or return library materials when due.
  • Concealing library materials in the Library for the exclusive use of an individual or group.
  • Mutilating library materials by marking, underlining, removing pages or portions of pages, removing binding, removing electronic theft devices, using post-its and paper clips or in any other way damaging or defacing library materials.
  • Eating and drinking in the Library.
  • Smoking in buildings or near entrances and exits.
  • Failing to adhere to copyright laws, including systematically downloading, printing, or disseminating content from CUNY-licensed electronic resources in violation of copyright laws.

Use and Protection of the Building and Library Equipment

  • Being in unauthorized areas of the Library, remaining in the Library after closing or when requested to leave during emergency situations, drills or when not abiding by The Library's Conduct Policy.
  • Opening emergency exits except in emergency situations.
  • Vandalizing or defacing the Library building, furniture or equipment.
  • Maliciously accessing, altering, deleting, damaging or destroying any computer system, network computer program or data.
  • Using library faculty office equipment without authorization.

The Library Environment

  • Causing a disturbance by using radios, walkmans, personal CD-players and cell phones.
  • Engaging in any behavior which interferes with Library activities. Proscribed behavior includes (but is not limited to) verbal abuse, threats of violence, sexual harassment, or use of "fighting words" to harass any person.
  • Leaving children under 12 unattended in the library.
  • Carrying weapons in the Library unless authorized by law.

General Collection Books: 

Any MEC or CUNY patron can borrow circulating books from the Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library with a valid CUNY I.D. card for a maximum period of:

  • Students..................................
  • MEC Faculty............................
  • CUNY Faculty..........................
  • MEC Staff ...............................
  • CUNY Staff..............................
  • Grad Students........................
  • Doctoral..................................
4 weeks or 28 days
8 weeks
8 weeks
6 weeks
6 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks

Fines for overdue books begin the day after the due date for all borrowers(according to the loan period). Fines will be calculated on a daily basis, including days the library is closed (holidays, intersession, etc.) at 25¢ per day. 

Each lost book will cost $35.00 (which includes the $10.00 processing fee).

Renew Books Online: 

  1. From the Library homepage, go to Find Books... and click on “My Account”
  2. Type in your library/barcode number from your ID card forusername and password (first time users must use library /barcode number twice)*
  3. To renew books click on Loans
  4. Select the books you wish to renew
  5. Click on End Session to leave "My Account"

*Create a unique password by clicking on “Change Password” after you access your account.
NOTE: Books can only be renewed twice.

Reserve Books: 

Patrons with fully validated CUNY I.D. card may borrow one reserve item at a time for ONLY two hours (120 minutes). An automatic stop will be placed against any borrower (faculty, student or staff) after the reserve limit of 2 hours. Fine will thereafter be calculated at 10¢ per minute to a maximum of $20.00.


Overdue Materials: 

The fine policy is 25 cents per day for every day the book is overdue. Fines for overdue reserve materials are 10 cents per minute. If a patron accrues over $5 worth of fines, his/her borrowing privileges may be suspended until fines are paid. A printed account of all overdue books and fines can be acquired at the circulation counter.

Lost Books: 

A fine of 25 cents ($.25) per day per book begins after the due date and accrues for 30 days or 1 month. Thereafter, the book is assumed lost.

  • $20.00 per book after 30 days = late fee(s)
  • Actual cost for replacement per book
  • $25.00 per book after 30 days = processing fee(s)

Reserve Collection: 

The Reserve Collection is composed of books and other materials placed on reserve by instructors for required reading or to supplement class instruction. Reserved materials are shelved behind the circulation counter and must be requested at the counter. In most cases a Call Number is needed for the request. The materials can only be used under special restricted conditions. Most are slated for “In the Library Only”and must be read in the Library when it is open.

The fines on overdue reserve books are much higher because the materials are in very heavy demand and students need them to complete assignments. 
Only ONE item at a time may be borrowed!

Overdue Reserve Materials: 

Fines for overdue reserve books are 10 cents per minute. 


Submit your list of required materials you wish to be placed on reserve by completing the Reserves Requests form(s) and returning it to the Library, Bedford Building, prior to the semester in question. Reserve requests that are continuous should be so noted on the Reserve Request form(s). Personal copies of materials are accepted, but the library will not be held responsible for lost, theft or damage to items. Also , please forward the syllabus for each course in order to further assist us in ordering your reserve materials and helping to assist the students. The availability of reserve materials to students will be determined by the speed with which faculty submit their requests.