About the Library

Library Policies

Visitors are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful of other Library users, staff, materials, and facilities. The Library reserves the right to revoke the privileges of any patron who violates Library policy. In addition, verbal harassment, including threats or abuse of Library staff members will not be tolerated and will result in the permanent loss of privileges. Please Note:

  • The Library is not responsible for personal items that are lost, stolen, or damaged on Library premises.
  • All books, bags, briefcases, and other containers belonging to persons entering or leaving the Library may be subject to inspection by Library personnel.
  • Parents or guardians may not leave children under ten unattended in the Library. Students enrolled in the School for Children in the 11/12s, 12/13s and 13/14s are permitted to work independently in the Library with an Upper School pass until 4:30 PM. Please Refer to the Children & Library Use policy for further details.

Questions about Library policies should be directed to Kristin Freda, Director of Library Services, at kfreda@bankstreet.edu or 212-875-4458.

  • Behavior

    The following behaviors are not permitted:

    • Behavior that is unsafe, verbally or physically abusive, harassing, or threatening to Library users or staff.
    • Behavior that damages or misuses the property of the Library or of other users.
    • Mutilating, damaging, or defacing any Library materials, including tampering with or changing configurations or software on Library computers or displacing, disabling, or unplugging Library equipment is prohibited.
    • Behavior that is prohibited by other rules or policies of the College or by other applicable laws.
  • Caregivers

    Caregivers with School for Children students and Family Center children are welcome to come to the Library.

    • Caregivers are reminded that, in addition to the Library Use by Children Policy, all of the Library’s other policies apply, for example, the prohibition against eating in the Library and using cell phones.
    • Caregivers must supervise and be with their charges at all times inside the Library.

    Checking Out Books

    Parents or guardians of School for Children students and Family Center children should ask the Circulation Desk (212-875-4455) to add a caregiver’s name to their child’s library record. To check out books, caregivers need to:

    • Show the circulation desk assistant their Bank Street ID name
    • Tell the circulation assistant the parent’s name
  • Children & Library Use

    This policy has been developed both to help reinforce the rules of behavior and for the safety of the children. It also takes into account that after 4:30 PM, there is no Library staff member available to adequately monitor children and no one in the School for Children’s office to whom children may be referred to for assistance.

    General

    • Children are welcome and encouraged to use the Library both for research and to have a quiet place to work.
    • Parents, as members of the Bank Street community, are welcome to use the Library and to take advantage of its many resources.
    • Please do not hesitate to contact Director of Library Services Kristin Freda at 212-875-4458 if you have any questions.

    In addition to the Library Use by Children Policy, all of the Library’s other policies apply to children as well as to adults, for example, the prohibition against eating in the Library.

    Lower and Middle School Students

    • Children in the 10/11s and younger are welcome to use the Library after school provided they are accompanied by and under the supervision of an adult, either a parent or caregiver.
    • Parents and caregivers may not leave children under ten unattended in the Library.

    Upper School Students

    • Students enrolled in the School for Children in the 11/12s, 12/13s and 13/14s are permitted to work independently in the Library until 4:30 PM with a pass from the Upper School Coordinator’s office.
    • Upper School students must sign in at the Library Circulation desk.
    • After 4:30 PM, all children must be accompanied by and under the supervision of an adult, either a parent or caregiver.
  • Children & Computers
    • Computers in the Children’s Room are available for School for Children families. Computers in the main room are for graduate and faculty use.
    • Upper School students need an adult present when using computers in the Children’s Room.
    • Adults with Preschool and Lower School children must be engaged with their young children. Adults may not use the computers while the little ones play in the Children’s Room.
    • School for Children students may use the computers for educational purposes only.
  • Circulation
  • Donations

     Graduate School

    All queries regarding the donation of gift books to the Graduate School collection should be directed to the Acquisitions Librarian, Nora Gaines, 212-875-4457.

     Children’s Collection

    All queries regarding the donation of gift books to the Children’s Collection should be directed to the Children’s Librarian, Kharissa Kenner, 212-875-4452.

  • Food & Beverages
    • Drinks are now permitted as long as they are in travel mug containers with spill control lids.
    • Disposable containers that are not permitted in the Library may be left at the front of the Library on the designated shelf. Examples of disposable containers include:
      • Paper and plastic cups from local coffee shops
      • Soda cans and glass bottles
    • No food is allowed in the Library.
    • Please feel welcome to use the Library lobby for eating and drinking from any containers
  • Noise
    • Cell Phones may not be used in the Library. Please turn off cell phones. They may be used in the Library lobby only.
    • Patrons engaging in loud conversations that are disruptive to other patrons will be asked to lower their voices or to move to the Library lobby.
    • Quiet conversations, tutoring, and small group work may be conducted at the tables on the north side of the Library.
    • Patrons who do not comply may be asked to leave the Library.
  • Tutors & Tutoring
    • Library space for tutoring is available from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday to Friday.
    • All tutoring must be concluded by 4:30 PM.
    • Tutors must sign in at the Circulation Desk.
    • Tutors may work one-on-one with children at tables on the North Side of the Library only.
    • Tutors may not tutor students in the Quiet Room/505A.
    • Space for tutoring is on a first come first served basis.
    • Tutors do not have free printing.
    • Tutors may not leave their materials in the Library.
    • Tutors may only tutor School for Children students in the Library.

    Caregivers & Babysitters

    Caregivers and babysitters who are proving help or tutoring must abide by the Tutors and Tutoring Policy. The Children’s Room is the only place in the Library after 4:30 PM for these activities. The cafeteria is an alternative space.

  • The Wellness Room