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 students, staff, and faculty. Guest access for non-affiliated members of the community (including alumni) is provided as a courtesy for scholarly purposes and for the public use of the U.S. Federal Depository Library Collection. Guest access is available on two Community Access PCs in Bartle Library, one in the Science Library, and one in the UDC Library, on a space available basis. The Community Access PCs in the Science and UDC Libraries are not available weekdays after 5 p.m. or on weekends.

You may obtain a guest account from the Reader Service Desks in the Bartle, Science, and UDC Libraries or from the Bartle Library Research Help Desk. Accounts may only be used in the issuing library.

  • A valid picture ID and a completed Library Guest Computer Account User Agreement are required to obtain a guest account.
  • Accounts are issued for a two-hour period, non-renewable until the following day. After 20 minutes of inactivity, accounts time out. If this happens, you many obtain another account on the following business day. Passwords may only be used in the issuing library.

The Library reserves the right to refrain from issuing guest accounts to non-affiliated users during periods of high demand, typically mid-term and final exam periods. (Students, staff and faculty may obtain guest accounts at any time.) To access online federal documents during these periods, contact Reader Services staff in Bartle Library.

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, alumni, and other visitors who are not currently 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?

What computer resources are available to guest users?

Guest accounts are accessible on a limited number of PCs (no Macs) and are provided with access to the Internet and the Microsoft Office suite. Saving files to the guest computers is not permissible. Users should have access to a thumb drive, an email account, or cloud storage to save documents.

Why do you have a two-hour time limit?

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 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 guest wishing to access online federal documents should view information about access to the federal collection.  

I am a Graduate of Binghamton university. 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 Reader Service Desks in the Bartle, Science, and UDC Libraries or from the Bartle Library Research Help Desk. Accounts may only be used in the issuing library. Accounts are issued for a two-hour period, non-renewable until the following day.

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: 10/20/15