Circulation / Borrowing Policy

Policies on Borrowing Library Materials

Books and Collections That Must Be Used in the Library

Archives and Special Collections materials may only be used in the library and only by appointment.  For more information, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 516-367-8414.

In addition, books in the Reference collection must be used in the library only, as well as books in the Banbury Center library.

Other Special Materials

Library staff will retrieve On Reserve books for you, which may be borrowed.  Courses books may be borrowed when not in use by a course.  Also, you may request a book or books to be held for you to pick up at the Library.

Circulating Collections

In general, the loan period for lendable materials is four weeks, but you may request renewals.  If you'd like to borrow books from the other libraries (Delbruck, Demerec, Keck, James, Beckman), please fill in your name and the date on the book card (inside back cover) and drop the card in the library's card box (there's a box in each library), so that we and other patrons know that the book is not missing.  We check the boxes regularly.

Please contact Paula Abisognio for further information, if you have questions, or if you'd like us to hold books for you (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ext.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> 8479, room 108).

Contact the Library

Phone: +1 516.367.6872
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Our librarians are here to assist you, whether you need to research a particular topic, obtain an article or book by inter-library loan, make color copies, or use any of the other services offered by the CSHL Library.