Library Policies

Use of the Stevens-German Library

The primary purpose of the Stevens-German Library is to support the research and study needs of Hartwick College students, faculty, and staff. The computers in the library are for authorized Hartwick affiliates.

In addition, we have one public terminals for use by guests of the library. Use of this public computer is restricted to 30 minutes per day. Patrons who abuse this policy will be asked to leave. 

In general, the library computers are for research purposes only. When the library computer workstations are in heavy use, please refrain from using them for recreational purposes.
Printing is reserved for Hartwick students, faculty and staff and should only be used for research purposes. Printed multiple copies (such as printing class handouts) is prohibited.
Minors must be accompanied by a guardian at all times. Unaccompanied minors will be asked to leave the library.

Circulation Services

The circulation desk is located on the fourth floor (main floor) of the Stevens-German Library. Our staff is dedicated to providing timely, helpful and friendly service to the Hartwick community. Our circulation polices support the curriculum needs of the campus.

Hartwick faculty, staff, students, and alumni have no limit on the number of books that they can check out.  Borrowers are financially responsible for all material charged out on their library account.  Borrowers may view their current checked out items, holds and library fines at

Circulation policies, loan periods and fines apply to individuals when they are away from campus for vacation, research, sabbatical, etc. To find out what the library owns, please search the online catalog or contact the reference desk for assistance 607.431.4440.

Borrower Eligibility

Hartwick Students, Faculty, Staff & Alumni
The Stevens-German Library extends borrowing privileges to Hartwick students, faculty, staff, and Hartwick alumni. To borrow library materials, individuals will need to stop by the circulation desk and present a valid Hartwick ID. Alumni should present a valid state ID or driver’s license. The library will issue alumni a library borrower’s card.

Community Borrowers
Community members who are interested in checking out library materials may obtain a library card from the circulation desk.  A valid state ID or driver’s license required to obtain a library card. For community borrowers there is a limit of 3 items that can be checked out at a given time.

SUNY Oneonta Students and Faculty
The Stevens-German Library extends borrowing privileges to SUNY Oneonta students and faculty who possess a valid SUNY ID card.  Items may be returned to either Milne Library or the Stevens-German Library.

Loan Periods for Books

Borrower Period                           
Faculty One Semester
Staff One Semester
Student Six Weeks
Community Borrower 30 Days
SUNY – Oneonta Students 30 Days
SUNY – Oneonta Faculty One Semester

Overdue Fines and Bills

Material Loan Periods Fines per Item Billing Fee Replacement Costs
Books Please see chart above $.25 per day $5.00 $50.00
CDs Two Weeks $.25 per day $5.00 $25.00
VHS Tapes/DVD Two Weeks $.25 per day $5.00 Determined by Item Cost
Headphones Two Hours $.25 per hour $5.00 $25.00
Ethernet Cables Two Hours $.25 per hour $5.00 $15.00
Closed Reserve Items Usually Two Hours $1.00 per hour $10.00 Determined by Item Type

Fines for Non-returned & Lost Material

When any item is not returned, the library will assess a non -refundable billing fee plus a replacement fee as listed above. Community borrowers with overdue fees of $5.00 or more will not be allowed to checkout or renew books. Student bills for lost items and library fines are submitted to the business office at the end of the school year.  Students who withdraw or begin a leave of absence are billed on the date they leave the college. We encourage all borrowers to return or renew materials on time.  Borrowers may renew items by calling the circulation desk at extension 4441.

For more information about circulation and reserves, please contact Amy Blechman, Circulation Manager:  607.431.4441