Library

The Pace Library serves as both depository and gateway to global print and electronic resources in support of the University's broad and diversified curriculum, scholarly research, and independent study, and provides ubiquitous and seamless connectivity to digitized networks and information through a user-cordial interface. The aggregate holdings of the Pace Library are supplemented by reciprocal borrowing and access accords, traditional interlibrary loan services, and commercial document suppliers, with expanded options for user-initiated and controlled services.

With comprehensive service operations in lower Manhattan and Westchester, the Pace Library promotes coordinated collection development and resource sharing and facilitates access to electronic information in a distributed networking environment. The Pace Library encompasses an estimated 800,000 circulating volumes, videos, and a broad assortment of specialized reference works, and maintains print and electronic subscriptions to thousands of serial publications with microfilm back files to meet the programmatic and accreditation requirements of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, and Lienhard School of Nursing. A majority of the Pace Library's electronic resources, including online catalog, full text databases, electronic reserves, interlibrary loan request forms, Internet resources, online interactive (Apollo and ApolloRN) and video tutorials, and, reference guides are accessible remotely from off campus.

As an OCLC Interlibrary Loan System user, the Pace Library connects to Worldcat, a global online database consisting of over one billion machine-readable bibliographic records with numerous holdings locations. The Pace Library is a member of METRO, a regional reference and resources system for New York City's five boroughs and Westchester County. METRO provides regularly scheduled pick-up and delivery of library materials, free interchange of photocopies, direct access interlibrary loans, and the METRO referral card which enables researchers to directly access collections normally closed to the public. In addition, the Pace Library is affiliated with WALDO, a Westchester-based consortium of academic and other libraries, which promotes resource-sharing, a variety of database services, and off-site storage options.  The Pace Library has joined the ConnectNY consortium to enable Pace community members to access the catalogs and request books from thirteen additional academic libraries throughout New York State.

The Pace Library has a knowledgeable, skilled, and diverse staff whose members are client focused, team-oriented, and committed to excellence and their own professional growth and development. The Pace Library offers a comprehensive and flexible range of reference services to meet the multifaceted needs of a culturally diverse and geographically dispersed user community, including in-person assistance, telephone consultation, e-mail, Blackboard Library Research Forums, and online interactive chat sessions. Functioning as research consultants and navigation experts, librarians instruct students and faculty in database selection, search strategy formulation, and output analysis.

With a highly trained cohort of Instructional Services Librarians, provision of sophisticated computing resources and digitally enhanced classroom facilities, and the immersion of librarians in information literacy instruction, Web content creation, and distance learning programs, the Pace Library has become the focal point of technology-based learning within the University. The emerging Information Commons, which combines flexible instructional settings and collaborative learning spaces with integrated library, technical, multimedia production, and learner support services, promotes a student-centered learning environment that is closely aligned with the University’s core curriculum and strategic agenda. Students are able to conduct research, obtain a wide range of academic support services, write papers, tabulate and interpret data, design Web pages, develop e-portfolios, and collaborate in small groups on multimedia projects in a one-stop mode. The Pace Library home page, library.pace.edu, provides more complete descriptions of library resources and services plus general information on library policies and procedures.

 

Pace Library Code of Conduct
The Pace Library seeks to provide a safe, clean, pleasant, and productive learning environment conducive to scholarly research, quiet study, and mutually respectful social interaction as may be appropriate in the library. The Pace Library strictly adheres to University policies guiding personal conduct, disciplinary remedies, and grievance procedures for dangerous, disruptive, prohibited or otherwise unacceptable behavior. All library users are expected to respect the rights and property of others without discrimination and to treat library resources and facilities with appropriate care and respect.

Certain activities are prohibited and constitute offenses which, depending upon the nature and severity of the infraction, can initiate a variety of responses, up to and including suspension or dismissal. Responses to offenses include, but are not limited to:

  • a verbal warning to promptly cease and desist.
  • a request to leave the library premises for a specified period of time.
  • a written report to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Dean for Students.
  • suspension of library borrowing and access privileges for a specified period of time In addition to the foregoing, offenders may be subject to penalties under the University's Disciplinary Policy, Discrimination Grievance Procedure, and other policies and procedures set forth or referred to in the Pace Student Handbook, University and school catalogs, and the University's Web site. Depending on the nature and extent of the offending conduct, violators may be subject to civil and criminal penalties.

Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Refusing to properly identify oneself, if asked by library or security personnel. Note: All members of the Pace community are required to display a valid University ID card on their person at all times.
  • Refusing to present attaché cases, handbags, backpacks, etc., to the Access Services Deskattendant for inspection if the detection alarm is activated when exiting the library.
  • Removing library materials or property that have not been properly checked out or authorized for removal from the library facility.
  • Concealing library materials in the library for the exclusive use of an individual or group.
  • Mutilating or defacing library materials, tampering with electronic security tags, and scrawling or etching graffiti or hate messages on library property.
  • Failing to properly discharge financial obligations to the library with respect to the payment of  fines and applicable service fees, or replacement of lost or damaged library materials.
  • Violating copyright or digital licensing agreements or using the library's computing facilities, including e-mail, for purposes that are in violation of guidelines outlined in the Pace University Appropriate Use Policy for Information Technology.
  • Creating a disturbance or behaving in a manner that interferes with the normal use of the library (including such things as rowdiness, noise, prolonged boisterous conversation, and rude or abusive behavior).
  • Bringing in and consuming food and beverages (except from spill-proof containers, where permitted) in the Library.
  • Using cellular phones for nonemergency purposes in other than specifically designated areas of the library.
  • Smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, and using, selling, transferring, distributing, or possessing illegal drugs. 
  • Tampering with or removing the property of others while in the library.
  • Verbally abusing, physically assaulting, or harassing (based on such things as sex, race, religion, age, national origin, ethnicity, color, disability, or sexual orientation) library users, library staff, or others who may be in the library.
  • Being in unauthorized areas of the library, or remaining in the library after closing or when requested to leave during emergency situations or fire drills.
  • Soliciting or loitering on library property.
  • Bringing animals into the library, except those that are trained to assist persons with disabilities.
  • Posting signs, banners, or flyers inside or outside the library facility without the express permission of library management, specifically, the associate university librarians in the Birnbaum Library, New York City, and the Mortola Library, Pleasantville.