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Southworth Library

Circulation and Borrower Services

Circulation Service, Policies, and Procedures

The Circulation Desk controls the function of checking books and other materials in and out of the Library, as well as circulating the material which is available for use within the Library, including material on reserve, iPads, laptops, headsets, and more. To use any of these items in the Library you will be required to present your SUNY card (I.D. card). You need this card to borrow material at St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University, SUNY Potsdam, or any other SUNY College as well. Material from these libraries may be returned at Southworth Library Learning Commons and we can arrange to send it to the proper lending library.

If you need help finding books on the library shelves, or would like a quick overview of how books are classified, arranged, and shelved in most academic libraries, check out this link for information on Library of Congress classification and book arrangement at Southworth Library Learning Commons!



All borrowed materials should be returned at the Circulation Desk on or before the due date. 

Categories of Borrowers

The SUNY Canton community, students, faculty, and staff may borrow material using their college I.D. cards. Associated Colleges’ students and other community members may also borrow materials after registration.

Loan of Material

Library books are checked out for 16 weeks. Reserve materials, textbooks, periodicals, and newspapers must be used in the library building. Some items, such as new books and DVDs, may be on a shorter loan.  Library materials are expected to be returned on time. Materials should be returned in good condition. A replacement price (including a possible processing cost) will be charged to the borrower for material returned in damaged condition or for material not returned. The Library will assess the replacement costs as well as the fines on overdue material which will be paid at the Student Accounts office.

Interlibrary Loan

Materials not available at Southworth Library can be requested through interlibrary loan from other libraries. However, one should expect to wait approximately a week for the material to arrive. The waiting period will depend upon the location of the library supplying the material. Interlibrary loan privilege is available to SUNY Canton students, faculty, and staff only.

Please visit our Interlibrary Loan page for more information about interlibrary loan service, or to place a request.


The Copyright law of the United States (Title 17 United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction.  One of these specified conditions is if the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research."  If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.