The Colgate University Libraries are a congressional designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collections is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code).
Members of the public have access to all federal depository collections in Case and Cooley Libraries, regardless of format or location, including LASR and Special Collections. This also includes use of the public access computers near the reference desk on level 3 in Case-Geyer for access to government information available online. Usernames and passwords are posted on the public access computers. Visitors may request a guest wireless account for use with their laptop computer, but they will not be able to print from the laptop. Colgate University's Information Technology Policy and the Libraries' Computer Use Policy are available online, and visitors should read and must abide by those policies. The policies do not interfere with access to online government information.
Materials that are rare, valuable, and/or fragile are shelved in Special Collections or in the restricted bins of LASR. These items may be requested by any librarian (please ask at the Reference Desk on level 3 of Case-Geyer or contact the Government Documents Librarian, see under Service, below), but must be used in the Special Collections reading room on the level 2 of Case-Geyer. The Head of Special Collections will make any decisions about photocopying government documents in Special Collections or restricted bins in LASR. The Special Collections reading room is open fewer hours that Case Library. Please view their hours on our website.
All members of the public have access to all federal depository materials and may use them in the libraries. Some visitors may qualify for Visiting Borrower privileges, which permits them to check material out of the libraries. Visiting Borrowers Guidelines are posted the libraries website.
Online government information may be printed at no charge, within the guidelines set up for all library users:
Some government information is only available on DVD or CD-ROM. These items may be checked out by patrons with Colgate IDs or Visiting Borrower cards (see Visiting Borrowers Guidelines). If they wish to use the items in the library and installation is necessary, they may ask at the Reference Desk in Case Library to have the CD/DVD installed on a public workstation. The Systems Librarian will install the CD, if technologically possible, within 1 business day.
Some government information is only available on microfiche. Equipment is available in both Case and Cooley libraries to freely view or print microfiche; equipment to scan microfiche is available only in Case-Geyer. Staff at the Reference Desk and Circulation Desks in both libraries will assisted users with the equipment, as needed.
Level 5 in the Hieber Cafe or in room 565, the Flex Room.
Non-alcoholic beverages in covered contains (e.g. bottled water and soda, covered cups) are permitted in all areas of the library except for Special Collections and Archives.