Services for Faculty

Borrowing and Reciprocal Access | Proxy Borrowing | Course Reserves | Instructional Services | Interlibrary Loan - ILLiad | Off Campus Access to E-Resources | Subject Librarians and Resources | Research and Data Services | Submitting NIH Manuscripts | Suggest a Title

Borrowing and Reciprocal Access

The Libraries provides generous borrowing privileges for faculty. As a faculty member at Binghamton University, you are also able to take advantage of reciprocal borrowing services:

  • SUNY Open Access - This program allows faculty members (and students) from SUNY schools to obtain borrowing privileges from other SUNY campuses with presentation of a valid institutional ID. Borrowing privileges and restrictions are set by the host institution. Calling the host institution in advance to verify hours is recommended.
  • SHARES Program - Our membership in the SHARES Program (OCLC) allows Binghamton faculty, emeritus faculty, students, and library staff onsite access to the collections and services of institutions participating in the SHARES Program.

    Onsite access includes the privilege of using material in the building, but not borrowing or interlibrary loan privileges. Visits during regular business hours are encouraged, and a telephone call in advance may be needed to confirm library hours. Where building access is controlled, onsite visitors will be asked to present their Binghamton valid ID card. Additional identification may be requested when a picture ID is not used.

    If stack access is controlled, faculty showing a valid ID will be accorded stack access under the same policies applied to local faculty. If access to special or restricted collections of materials is required, arrange access in advance.

    Visitors can expect to receive reference services, photocopy and database search services at the local constituency rate, and other services available to comparable patrons at host institutions.

    Consult the Partners web site for details of individual library policies and practices and the SHARES web site for policy details.

  • Binghamton University Libraries is a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). CRL is currently offering a Scholars’ Access Program on a pilot basis. Unlike other CRL collection programs, the Scholars’ Access Program will provide access to material that may not be added to CRL’s physical collection. Examples include: digitization for scholarly research purposes of materials not available via interlibrary loan (e.g. rare books, archival materials), limited-term access to a database or purchase of short-term newspaper subscription in either hard-copy or online format. Please contact Ed Shephard for information about this program. See also our CRL guide. See Membership and Affiliations for more information.

If you are interested in borrowing materials from the Library Annex @ Conklin, request the item by signing in to the Library Catalog or fill out the Library Annex Request Form.


Proxy Borrowing

To facilitate your research, the Libraries allows you to designate your Research or Teaching Assistant as your proxy borrower. This allows them to check books and materials out of the Libraries on your behalf.

To set up proxy borrowing, stop by the Bartle Library Circulation Desk, Science Library Information Services Desk, or the UDC Library/Information Commons Service Desk to fill out the form. Your Research or Teaching Assistant can also pick up the form.


Course Reserves

Faculty and teaching assistants may place books, articles, or other items on reserve for specific courses. Physical items may be checked out at the Newcomb Reading Room in the Bartle Library or the UDC Library. Articles, whenever possible, are scanned and placed in BlackBoard by the Libraries.

See Course Reserves for more information and request forms.


Instructional Services

Librarians can collaborate with you and your graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs) in support of the teaching mission of the University. Our instructional services include:

  • Course-specific and general library sessions customized to meet your course goals and student needs. Librarians can assist with designing effective library assignments.
  • Personal research consultations for individuals or small groups of students, faculty or staff.
  • Creation of web tutorials demonstrating how to use various types of information resources and library services.

To request a library session for your students, use the Library Instruction Request Form.


Interlibrary Loan - ILLiad

Our Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) service expands the range of research materials available. Materials not owned by the Libraries may be obtained from other state, national or international libraries. Emails notify you when ILL items are available. Articles are sent to your ILLiad account electronically, and books are sent to the service desk of your choice. Your PODs username and password is required to sign on to ILLiad. Binghamton University is a member of the following networks, which allow us to borrow materials from a wide range of libraries and research collections.


Off Campus Access to the Libraries’ Electronic Resources

To get full access to electronic research materials you need to authenticate when off campus or using wireless using your PODs username and password. You can also access the Libraries resources through the Binghamton University virtual desktop. More details are available on the Libraries’ Technical Help page.


Subject Librarians and Resources

Subject Librarians provide a range of services focusing on a particular area or discipline. They serve as liaisons between the Libraries and one or more of the University's academic departments, programs, or schools; initiate the selection and acquisition of materials for the collections; provide subject-specific instruction in the use of information resources; and provide general research assistance and specialized research consultation.

The subject guides pages are created and updated by Subject Librarians in support of instructional and research programs. They include links to databases and indexes, electronic journals, and selected Internet resources.


Research and Data Services

Drop in research assistance is available at the Bartle Library Information Commons/Reference Desk. For more information about how to contact us, please visit the Ask a Librarian page.

The Libraries maintain memberships in a number of data-related consortia, including the New York State Data Center Program   and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).  More information about numeric data services is available on the Data Services for Social Sciences page.


Submitting NIH Manuscripts

Need help submitting progress reports and completed manuscripts to the NIH as part of your grant funding requirements? For more information, see Submitting Manuscripts to NIH for Compliance with their Public Access Policy. Included are links to the submission sites and advice on submitting materials. Don’t have time to submit items? Librarian Elizabeth Brown can serve as your third party submitter. Contact Elizabeth Brown to submit your items.


Suggest a Title

To suggest a title to add to the library collections, fill out a Recommendation for Purchase form.

Last Updated: 2/20/14