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ACPHS Library Services: Borrowing

Accessing Our Physical Collection

To ensure the health and safety of the College community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Library Services is making evidence-based changes to how our physical collections are accessed.

•        Access to our print collection is mediated. Please do not browse the stacks.

•        If you would like access to materials let us know. We will retrieve the item(s) for you or scan small sections. 

•        If you know you will be checking out an item let us know advance to arrange pick-up.

•        If do you handle any print materials please do not return them to the shelf. Please return to the designated cart.

•        Print books and journals will be quarantined for 3 days between uses.

•        Access to technology peripherals is temporarily suspended to minimize risk of virus transmission

•        Access to study rooms  is temporarily suspended due to social distancing restrictions and to minimize risk of virus transmission

Loan Periods & Renewals

Item Type Loan Period Renewal(s)
Circulating books & DVDs Three (3) weeks 1
Reserve books Loans temporarily suspended N/A
Study Room keys Loans temporarily suspended N/A
Peripherals Loans temporarily suspended N/A

Loans temporarily suspended

Reserve iPad Loans temporarily suspended N/A

Patrons can renew library items two ways:


You will be billed for any lost materials. Unpaid replacement costs for lost materials will result in a bar on your library account and restrictions on your ability to register for classes.

Borrowing from Other Libraries

Albany Campus

Please note that access to other libraries may be temporarily restricted to visitors due to COVID-19 safety precautions. Check with your destination library before arriving or Ask Us.

Direct Access Program

Albany students, faculty, and staff may borrow from other libraries in New York's Capital District. The Direct Access Program (DAP) allows our library users in good standing to borrow materials directly from participating libraries throughout the region.

You must have a DAP card to borrow from participating libraries. DAP cards are issued at the ACPHS Library Desk by Library staff members only.

Some libraries will only lend to certain groups, such as faculty or graduate students. Please be sure to check in advance. You are responsible for abiding by the rules and regulations of each of the libraries from which you borrow. The lending library will validate users, and enter personal information into their own databases. [NB: Call the lending library before you go to ensure what verification is needed, and that staff who can perform this validation are available.]

Lending libraries may choose to not honor a DAP cardholder's request based on the cardholder's outstanding obligations to the lending library or history of being delinquent with materials.

Click here for more information on DAP, including a list of participating libraries and their lending levels.

Schaffer Library of Health Sciences at Albany Medical College

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Schaffer Library of Health Sciences is closed to the public.

Vermont Campus

Please note that access to other libraries may be temporarily restricted to visitors due to COVID-19 safety precautions. Check with your destination library before arriving or Ask Us.

Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries (VCAL)

Please see the attached Circulation Policy regarding borrowing using VCAL.

Durick Library at St. Michael's College 

With a valid ACPHS picture ID, Vermont campus faculty, students, and staff may borrow books (limit of 10 at a time), use the library facilities, and access certain online databases for limited amounts of time.

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