Services and Policies

Information and Reference 
Student library assistants can provide help at the circulation desk during all hours of library operation. Library staff are available for reference assistance during most hours of operation except Saturdays. For special assistance with research questions, please arrange for an appointment with the Library Director, Roy Rudolph.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Items not owned by the Bakalar Library may be requested from another library through interlibrary loan. Faculty and current students may use this service to support course work, teaching, research, and performance at Longy. ILL request forms may be obtained at the circulation desk.  This service is not available to alumni.

The library has two photocopiers, one located at the circulation desk, and one located outside the library in the student lounge in the Zabriskie house. Copies are $0.15 per page. Frequent users are encouraged to purchase copy cards from the card vendor next to the second floor photocopier. Copies using the card cost only $0.10.

Borrowing Policies

A current Longy ID or Longy borrowers card is required in order to borrow materials from the library. Borrowing privileges are extended to all Longy faculty, staff, conservatory students and eligible alumni.

Loan periods (students and staff)

MaterialsLoan PeriodFine
Books and scores in open stacks    4 weeks $0.25/day (Max. per item: $5)
Compact discs and DVDs 1 week $0.25/day (Max. per item: $5)
Periodicals Library use only N/A
Reserve materials
Headphones and other equipment
2 hours $0.25/ hour
Video recorder 1 day $2.00/day (max. $10)

Books and scores may be renewed a maximum of three times except if the item is on hold for another patron. Items may be renewed in person at the library or online.

Faculty borrowing privileges 
Books and scores circulate to faculty on a semester basis (fall, spring and summer). 

Library Fines

Students and staff There is a 3-day grace period following the due date, after which fines accrue at $0.25 per day to a maximum of $5.00 per item. 

For items more than three months overdue, a replacement fee will be assessed and added to the borrower's account. If the item is returned before a replacement has been ordered, this fee will be reimbursed (overdue fines will still be charged). Library fines and fees may be paid by cash or check at the circulation desk.

Faculty A replacement fee will be assessed for items that are more than three months overdue. Borrowing privileges are blocked until fee is paid or item is returned. Replacement fees will be reimbursed if item is returned before a replacement has been ordered.

Longy Alumni

Alumni residing in the Greater Boston Area may apply for borrowing privileges on a semester basis (spring, summer, fall). Please see the Library Director in person. Borrowing privileges are the same as for students but with lower maximum checkouts (5 scores, books, and/or CDs)

Chamber Music Group Sign-Out

Student chamber music groups working with a Longy faculty coach may sign out pertinent scores and parts on a semester basis as follows:

  • One member of the ensemble should check out the music for the group and obtain an authorization form at the circulation desk.
  • The faculty coach and each member of the ensemble must sign the form.
  • The form should be returned to the librarian before the original due date.

Course Reserves

Materials placed on reserve for class assignments are kept at the library circulation desk. Course reserve lists may be found in the online catalog (Koha).  Reserve items may be checked out for 2 hours.  An overdue fines for reserves is $0.25 per hour.