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About the Evans Library

About the Evans Library

Stay Energized.

Snacks and covered beverages are permitted in the large public spaces on the 1st and 2nd floor of the Evans Library. Please limit meals & all other food and beverages to the Books & Bytes Cafe or the group study rooms.

And also remember to pick up after yourself -- everyone works better in a neat, clean environment!

Who Can Use the Evans Library?

In addition to current FM students, faculty and staff, the following users have circulation/resources privileges with a valid FM “Library User” card:

  • Currently enrolled SUNY students
  • FM Alumni
  • Empire State College students
  • Owners of Fulton or Montgomery County businesses
  • Fulton or Montgomery County residents, 18 years or older
  • Area schools/classes using the Evans Library for research

FM's Evans Library - Code of Conduct

The Evans Library & Learning Commons supports an environment where academic success is encouraged through collaborative learning, quiet conversation, and independent study. Individuals utilizing this space should demonstrate acceptable behavior and respect for the needs of others.

The following “Code of Conduct” has been adopted so that Library patrons may use the facilities in a pleasant and safe environment, conducive to study and research: 

  • Threatening, offensive, or abusive language and behavior is prohibited.
  • Sounds from any personal electronic equipment including laptops, audio players, and other mobile devices must be inaudible to other patrons.
  • Cell phone conversations are prohibited in the 1st floor silent study classroom. Considerate/short phone conversations are permitted on the 1st floor.  Ringers should be turned off. If a phone call must be taken, please do so on the 1st floor or leave the building.
  • Headphones are available for loan at the circulation desk.  Use of headphones are required while watching videos or interacting with others on video chat or classes.

Patrons who are disturbed or distracted by the noise or the behavior of those around them should bring the matter to the attention of library staff or consider moving to another area in the building.

At the discretion of staff, disruptive users may be asked to move to another area or leave the Library building entirely. If the patron refuses to comply, Public Safety will be contacted for assistance.

The library staff reserves the right to interpret this code, to apply it, and to change it as necessary.

~ FM Photo ID is needed for most library transactions ~

All materials leaving the library  - FM Student ID/Community borrowers card mandatory.  
All other materials as well as access to resources - identification confirmation necessary.

Evans Library Computer Resources Use Policy

  • FM students have priority for use of library computers.
  • All users must have a valid FM photo ID
  • College computers are primarily for academic use and research and governed by the FM Technology & Computer Use Guidelines.
  • Recreational/non-academic use of computers is permitted contingent on availability of computers.
  • The changing of any computer logins, settings or configurations is prohibited.
  • Computer use may be restricted at the discretion of the Library staff.

Failure to abide by this policy may result in the loss of computer and/or library privileges.

Borrowing Policies

 FM & SUNY Students

  • Three-month loan period
  • Fifteen-book limit
  • Renewed items may be recalled
  • Access to Interlibrary Loan services
  • Three-month loan period
  • Five-book limit
  • Renewed items may be recalled
  • Limited access to Interlibrary Loan services

Area students have the same borrowing privileges as community users. However, when they are brought to the Library as a class, all materials are signed out under the supervising Media Specialist and/or Subject Teacher with the following conditions: 

  • 2 book limit per student
  • 100 book limit per school (book is swiped and students sign sheet)
  • 3 week book loan period
  • No renewals - students may return books, then sign out materials under their own name

FM Distance Learning students enjoy the same library rights and privileges as on-campus students. They have access to books, periodical articles, research assistance, and reference services directly through Blackboard or via the Library’s Home pagee-mail or telephone (518.736.FMCC (3622) x8058). Go to Evans Library @ Home for more information.

If you do not fit any of the criteria above, please contact us. (

Overdue Material

  • The Evans Library does not charge fines for overdue materials.
  • All borrowing privileges are forfeited and some campus sanctions (i.e.. registration block and/or transcripts & financial aid holds) may be implemented until materials are returned or replacement fees are paid.
  • Book drops are available for the return of materials; these can be found inside in the Library foyer and outside at the rear entrance to the Library (south side).

Lost Material/Replacement Fees

  • All borrowers (including FM faculty and staff members) are responsible for all replacement costs for lost or damaged materials.
  • Fees include current replacement cost + processing charge(s). 

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  • Borrowers have the same responsibility for returning ILL materials as for those owned by FM. 
  • Overdue fines will be levied for ILL materials not returned in a timely manner only if lending library requests them.
  • Replacement/processing fees will be charged for lost materials.

Other Collection Policies

  • Reference materials are generally for in-library use only.
  • Course Reserves, Regional History Collection items, Periodicals, DVDs, and other materials may be borrowed for a limited amount of time or, in some cases, not available for use outside the Library. Please inquire with questions regarding loan terms.

Updated 2/2020