Library Policies and Procedures

User Access

  • Syracuse Florence faculty, students, and staff have full access to the Florence Library facilities and equipment during the library’s opening hours; 24/7 access to SU Libraries online resources, and lending privileges upon creation of a user account. User accounts are created at the Circulation Desk.
  • University of Florence students enrolled in a Syracuse Florence course (when applicable) may use library facilities and consult its resources onsite upon presentation of a valid photo ID.
  • Visiting scholars and students from other study abroad programs may use library facilities and consult resources onsite upon prior permission from the Assistant Director for Academics or the Program Director.

General Policies

To provide an atmosphere respectful of others and conducive to study, the Syracuse Florence Library enforces the following rules and regulations:

Food and beverages

  • Food is not permitted in any of the reading rooms or at the computer lab workstations.
  • Drinks are permitted in cups or mugs with secure lids.

Disruptive behavior

  • Loud talking or audible use of electronic devices is not allowed at any time.
    • audio and video calls are prohibited anywhere in the Villino/Library building except for in the dedicated “Skype” room on the top floor of the Villino with the door closed (write to to book);
    • earbuds or headphones must be used for listening to music or other audio on mobile devices;
    • a student lounge is available for group study and group conversations in the basement of the Villa Rossa (provided all distancing protocols are respected during health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic).

Patrons may be asked to leave the library in the case of persistent disruptive behavior.


  • books in the open stacks may be consulted in the library without being checked out and should be left on the shelving cart;
  • it is necessary to check out books at the Circulation Desk before taking them out of the library;
  • items on course reserve are not openly accessible. They must be requested at the Circulation Desk and checked out if leaving the library office for any length of time;
  • items on course reserve may be borrowed until same day closing time if not simultaneously needed by other students;
  • books from the open stacks may be taken out on loan for up to 21 days;
  • DVDs may circulate for up to 4 days (unless on course reserve).

Overdue Fines

Patrons will incur late fees of 25 cents/day for books or DVDS returned after their due date or late fees of 2 euro/day for items on course reserve. (Yellow stickers on the spine of books and DVDs indicate items on course reserve.)

Overdue loan notifications are automatically generated and sent to the patron’s Syracuse Florence email account. It is the responsibility of all SUF students (regardless of home institution) to check their Syracuse email accounts regularly for these and other notifications.

At the end of the semeseter, students must have returned all outstanding loans and paid any library fines before they can receive any school-related deposit refunds.

Theft or Damage

The theft or damage of library materials will incur charges equivalent to the cost of replacing the item(s).


The Library respects the privacy of all its users and will not release information about borrowers or materials borrowed, unless as required by law.