Find, Borrow and Renew | Course Reserves | Electronic Resources | Off Campus Access | ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan) | Study Carrels | Computers, Ports, Wireless | Subject Librarians | Research Assistance | Instructional Services
Your Binghamton University ID card is your library card. You can borrow up to 200 items at one time. Books, microforms, and government documents may be borrowed for one year. For more information on borrowing privileges and the loan periods of other items, including journals, see the Circulation Services page.
Most books can be renewed online and in person. To renew online, you need to sign into the Library Catalog. Instructions are provided for entering your BU patron ID and your password, and for additional help, see the Renew Books Online tutorial.
Signing in to the Library Catalog also allows you to request items that are available at the Library Annex @ Conklin. To request items to be brought back and forth the University Downtown Center and the Vestal Campus, use the University Downtown Center Request Form.
Borrowing and reciprocal access with other institutions is available through such programs as SUNY Open Access and by the Libraries' membership in RLG and CRL. More information is available on the Services for Faculty page.
Graduate instructors and teaching assistants may place books, visual and audio materials, articles, or other items on reserve. Physical items may be checked out at the Newcomb Reading Room in Bartle Library or the UDC Library. Articles, whenever possible, are scanned and placed in BlackBoard by the Libraries. Consult the Course Reserves web page for more details.
The Binghamton University Libraries subscribe to a number of electronic journals and databases. While you are enrolled as a student at BU, you have access to these resources for the purposes of research, teaching, and private study while on the BU network or from off-campus using the proxy server or ssl connection.
Subject Guides contains links to databases in addition to web resources that have been selected by your subject librarian for their authority and relevance.
To determine if the Libraries offer full-text versions of specific journal titles consult the Journals search.
Thesis and dissertations can be located using under the Databases - Browse by Subject area. For information on making your Thesis available in the Libraries, see the links under "Related Pages."
When accessing BU-Only materials from off-campus, you will be required to provide your PODS username and password for off campus access. More details are available on the Libraries’ Technical Help web page.
Materials not owned by Binghamton University Libraries and not available in full-text from our electronic databases may be obtained from other libraries using our ILLiad service. There is generally no charge for this service. Most articles are scanned and delivered electronically as a PDF file to your ILLiad account. You are notified by email that the item has arrived. Books may be picked up at the service desk you select.
Locked Library study carrels are available to graduate students. Information on how the carrels are assigned and the application form is available on the Locked Study Carrels page.
In addition, there are individual tables, carrels, and group study spaces available in the Bartle, Science, and UDC Libraries.
You will need to authenticate as a BU student by signing in with a PODS username and password to use any library computer or wireless. Laptop ports and wireless are available in each library, and your laptop can be configured to take advantage of your ITS printing quota.
Subject librarians, who focus on a particular discipline or area, provide a range of services to students and faculty. Contact them or make an appointment for any information you need regarding library policies, the collections, or services. They:
- serve as liaisons between the Libraries and one or more of the University’s academic departments, programs, or schools
- provide general reference service and specialized research consultation
- initiate the selection and acquisition of materials for the collections
- provide subject-specific instruction in the use of library and Internet information resources.
Librarians provide assistance in locating materials on a topic or using the many online resources provided by the libraries for your research and teaching needs. In-person help is available in the Bartle and UDC Libraries. In addition, assistance via email, text, phone, Skype, and chat are offered.
Consult the Libraries’ AskUs web page for more details.
Librarians collaborate with BU faculty, instructors, and 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 to help prevent student plagiarism.
- personal research consultations for individuals or small groups of students, faculty or staff.
To request a library session for your class, use the Library Instruction Request Form.
More information is available from our Instruction web page.