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 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 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.
    • a dedicated space on the top floor of the Villino is available for audio/video calls (write to citing day and time to make a request);
    • earbuds or headphones should be used for listening to music;
    • a student lounge is available for group study and group conversations (basement of the Villa Rossa).

Patrons may be asked to leave the library if disruptive behavior continues.


  • Books on Course Reserve must be requested at the Circulation Desk;
  • Books from the open stacks need only be checked out if being taken out of the building.
  • Books and DVDs on Course Reserve may be borrowed for anywhere from 2 hours to same-day closing time;
  • Books from the open stacks may be borrowed for up to 21 days; loans are renewable.
  • DVDs not on course reserve may be borrowed for up to 4 days.

Inspection of bags and backpacks

The library staff reserves the right to inspect a patron’s bag or backpack before leaving the building.

Overdue Fines

Patrons will incur a charge of 25 cents/day for the late return of books and DVDS not on course reserve and $2.00/day for reserve items. Yellow stickers on the spine of books and DVDs indicate reserve items.

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.

Students will not receive their 30-euro keycard deposits from the Student Life Office at the end of the semester until all library materials have been returned and/or fines have been paid.

Theft and mutilation

The theft or damage of library materials will result in charges related to replacement costs of the item and possible fines.


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