The mission of the Schenectady County Public Library is to satisfy our community's educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs by providing free and open access to a comprehensive range of materials, services and programs.


  • Library Behavior
  • Child Safety
  • Computers & Internet
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Bulletin Board

Appropriate Library Behavior

By entering the library you are making a commitment to act courteously toward all other people here, to act responsibly with regard to public property and to follow all rules of this facility. The use of the library is for reading, studying and learning. Enjoy the library and allow others the same opportunity.

Please observe the following:
( Violation of these library rules may result in loss of library privileges, including being banned from the library.)

  • Keep all valuables and personal property with you at all times.
  • The library is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Supervise children at all times
  • Follow library computer policies.
  • Use cell phones only in the lobby or outdoors.
  • Engage in activities associated with the use of a public library. Customers not reading, studying, using library materials or attending events may be asked to leave the building.

In order to provide a safe and comfortable environment, the following are NOT permitted:

  • Animals or pets
  • Any behavior that creates health or environmental hazards, including an unacceptable standard of hygeine
  • Any behavior that interferes with the peaceful enjoyment of the library
  • Bathing or shaving in public restrooms
  • Bicycles
  • Cell phone use
  • Computer use in violation of policy
  • Food or beverages
  • Profanity or other threatening, harassing or intimidating language or behavior
  • Sleeping
  • Unsupervised children (under age 10)

The following acts constitute violations against the County and are subject to legal action and/or loss of library privileges, including being banned from the premises:

  • Loitering, soliciting or panhandling on library property
  • Public intoxication
  • Harassment of or threats to library staff or patron
  • Use of tobacco products
  • To sequester or "stash" library property within the library building for the exclusive use of an individual or group
  • To deface, mutilate or otherwise damage library property
  • To remove or attempt to remove library property from the library without proper authorization
  • To steal or knowingly possess stolen library property
  • To traffic, for profit or otherwise, in library property
  • To use library property or materials, including computers or wireless network, to commit a crime
  • To refuse to show identification upon request of library staff or security officer
  • To be in non-public areas without authorization or in library facilities after closing hours


Your Child's Safety in the Library

The Library is a public place. Library staff is very concerned about the safety of all children who use the library. However, staff duties do not include child care or child supervision. The responsibility for children's safety and behavior rests with parents and caregivers. Please review the following guidelines to insure a positive library experience:

  • For their comfort and safety, children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult or responsible teenager, age 13 or older at all times.
  • Any child who feels unsafe in the library for any reason should inform a library staff member.
  • Library staff reserves the right to limit Internet use to any adult whose children are inadequately supervised.
  • Library staff or library security reserves the right to inform children whose behavior is unsafe or disruptive to others. Children who do not comply may be asked to leave the library.
  • If children are left alone in the library, library staff will contact a parent or guardian. If no responsible adult can be located, staff will contact the local police department.
  • Children's use of all library materials, including the unfiltered Internet, is the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian.

rev. 01/2010

SCPL Computer and Internet Use Policy

The Internet is a gateway to a vast and ever-expanding network of educational, recreational and commercial information. Most of the information is valuable and enlightening, but users may also find content that is unreliable, offensive or illegal. Library staff reserves the right to prohibit viewing of material that is judged to be inappropriate for viewing in public. Parents are advised to monitor their children's use of the Internet. Any parent who wishes to disallow Internet use by their children may place a restriction on the child's library card.

Rules for Computer Use

Library patrons are asked to present their own valid library card in order to access
public PCs.

Those without their library card present may gain access to public PCs via:

  1. purchase of a replacement card ($2) at the circulation desk.
  2. presentation of positive ID to confirm their SALS/MVLS membership.

Positive ID means photo identification OR other ID in combination with ability to confirm current address/phone number/birth date or other data on file.

Guest Passes

  1. Guest passes are offered on a daily basis for $1, dependent on the availability of public computers with preference given to Schenectady County and MVLS/SALS library members. Staff should charge the $1 fee on the branch dummy card as “Miscellaneous” and add note “Guest Pass.”
  2. Patrons from outside the SALS/MVLS service area may be granted a guest pass to use public computers, subject to availability, for a fee of $1.
  3. Any patron from within the SALS/MVLS service area with outstanding charges on their account may be granted a guest pass to use a computer if they make a payment towards those charges (suggested minimum $1). Patrons should make payment and pick up their guest pass at the circulation desk.

Viewing Inappropriate Material

Patrons found to be viewing pornography or other material deemed inappropriate for a public setting will be subject to the following procedure:

  1. At the first offense, a verbal warning will be issued by a staff member or security personnel that the viewing of inappropriate material is unacceptable and if continued will result in the loss of Internet privileges.  A note will be placed on the patron account.
  2. At the second offense, the patron will be verbally informed that Internet privileges are suspended. A block will be placed on the patron account and an incident report will be completed and signed by the library staff directly involved in the incident.

rev. 06/2015

SCPL Meeting Room Policy

The Meeting Rooms of the Schenectady County Public Library are available for a variety of social, cultural and educational activities and discussions of current public questions. Use of meeting rooms is free of charge for non-profit groups; all other groups will be charged $100 for up to a three-hour rental. They are available on equal terms to all groups in the community, regardless of beliefs and affiliations of their members, provided that the meetings are open to the public. No charge shall be made for admission to any meeting and no collection shall be taken up; neither may dues be collected. Use of the rooms is limited to three meetings per calendar year for any organization. Events may not be scheduled more than two months in advance of the meeting date.
Meeting rooms are available at the following libraries. Please contact the individual library for more information and to book a room.

  • Central Library (McChesney Room)
  • Glenville Branch Library
  • Niskayuna Branch Library
  • Rotterdam Branch Library

SCPL Bulletin Board Posting Regulations

  • Posters must announce cultural or educational events in the Capital District and Mohawk Valley areas. Schenectady County Public Library events will be given priority.
  • If the board is crowded, the librarian in charge of the bulletin board reserves the right to select posters for events with the widest appeal.
  • Posters for informational events (debates, lectures, health, etc.) may be posted.
  • Posters for political candidates, parties and issues will not be posted.
  • Legal notices, notices of church services, bake sales, dances, private instructional courses, business advertisements, personal notices, etc. will not be posted.
  • Posters must be neat and not larger than 11in. x 17in. Posters will not be returned after posting.
  • Posters should be approved by the librarian in charge of the bulletin board. No posters shall be removed except by that librarian. Any bulletin board notices which are not approved will be removed from the bulletin board.