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IX. Libraries

IX.A. General Information
IX.B. Food, Drink and Noise Policy

IX.A. General Information

Binghamton University Libraries is the center of the University's intellectual community, providing a welcoming environment for the creation and management of knowledge through innovative thinking, open inquiry and collaborative partnerships. The Libraries' website,, is a gateway to a wide variety of online books, magazines, journals, encyclopedias, databases and a wide assortment of other digital collections that may be accessed from anywhere on or off campus. The Libraries offer a wide range of services, including research consultation and assistance in person and electronically, scholarly communication services, digital preservation, extensive borrowing privileges, course reserves, interlibrary loan and document delivery, a laptop lending program, customized instruction sessions and Library news and updates through a number of blogs (online weblogs) - as well as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. We are a leader within SUNY, offering faceted, relevance-ranked, categorized, visualized and self-tagged search capabilities. Together these and other services enable Binghamton University Libraries to provide faculty access to first-rate collections and research services in support of the teaching and research mission of the University.

The University Libraries include:

  • The Glenn G. Bartle Library, which contains collections in the social sciences, humanities, mathematical and computer sciences, and government documents. The Fine Arts Collection is located in the Bartle Library and focuses on works relating to art, music, theater and cinema. Special Collections, which contains the internationally recognized Max Reinhardt Archives and Library, as well as the Edwin A. Link Archives, is also housed in Bartle Library. The University Archives, housed in Special Collections, holds materials relating to Binghamton University, including publications, photographs, building plans and records of University organizations and departments. The Bartle Library Information Commons, located on the first floor of Bartle Library and second floor mezzanine, has over 220 computer workstations with access to online research material, productivity software and scanning equipment.
  • The Science Library, a separate building conveniently located near the Science buildings, contains materials in the fields of science, engineering, nursing and psychology, and houses the University map collection. The Science Library Information Commons, located on the main floor of the Science Library, has 50 computer workstations with access to online research material and productivity software.
  • The University Downtown Center Library and Information Commons supports the College of Community and Public Affairs which includes the department of social work, the department of human development, the department of student affairs administration and the masters in public administration program. The UDC Library and Information Commons offers a full range of library services including circulation, course reserves, interlibrary loan and reference assistance. The UDC Library, located on the main floor of the UDC, houses a local collection of books, current periodicals and government documents. Materials from the Libraries on the main campus, including the Bartle and Science Libraries and the Library Annex@Conklin are available for delivery to the UDC Library and Information Commons. The facility has 36 computer workstations with access to online research material, productivity software, scanning equipment, and student quota printing.
  • The Library Annex, located in Conklin, NY, was established in 1999 to house important older but lesser-used materials in the Libraries' collections. The Library Annex currently houses over 500,000 volumes in a high-density, climate-controlled environment. Materials may be paged and delivered to Bartle, UDC or Science libraries or used in the Reading Room on-site at the Library Annex. Electronic delivery is available for journal articles and book chapters. For more information about using materials housed in the Annex, see the Libraries' website.

Our Libraries hold more than 3.1 million volumes, including print volumes, government documents, and electronic books, all searchable via the Libraries' online catalog. The collections also include over 93,414 electronic and print scholarly journals, 358 databases and more than 1.8 million titles on microfilm, 2,737 CD-ROMs, 118,975 sound recordings, 3,632 videos and DVDs, and 121,032 maps.

Subject Librarians

Subject librarians provide a range of specialized services to faculty and students by 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;
  • provide general reference service and specialized research consultation;
  • initiate the selection and acquisition of materials for the collections; and
  • provide subject-specific instruction in the use of library and online information resources.

Research Assistance

Librarians provide individualized 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, telephone, e-mail, chat and text research assistance are offered. E-mail inquiries are usually answered within 24 hours, except on weekends and holidays.

Instruction Services

Librarians collaborate with 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 the course goals and student needs. Most sessions are offered in the Bartle Library computer instruction lab, which allows hands-on active learning;
  • Personal research consultations for individuals or small groups of students, faculty or staff.
  • Customized online tutorials and websites that can be used via Blackboard or independently.

Borrowing Privileges

Faculty and professional staff may borrow materials for a one-year loan period with a current BU ID card. Bound journals may be circulated for two weeks; current periodicals are due at 5 p.m. on the day borrowed. All books may be recalled immediately if needed for course reserves or if requested by another patron. Faculty and staff are responsible for replacement fees for lost books according to the following schedule:

Lost books

Lost book charges are assessed when a borrower declares a book lost, on books overdue for more than 30 days, and in response to borrower inquiries.

Unresolved obligations will be referred to the Office of the Vice President for Administration.

Electronic and Physical Reserves

The purpose of Binghamton University's Course Reserves department is to aid instructors in delivering course-related materials to students. These materials are added to the Reserves collection at the request of Binghamton University instructors. The Reserves collection consists of both physical and electronic items: "electronic reserves" refers to items that are uploaded to myCourses by Reserves staff, and "physical reserves" refers to items that are circulated out of the Newcomb Reading Room and the University Downtown Center. Each item in the physical Reserves collection may be checked out for one the following loan periods (dependent upon material type and the requesting instructor's preference): 2 hour, 3 hour, or Next Day.

Materials are circulated in accordance with the fair use provisions of the United States Copyright Act of 1976. The principle of "fair use" is established in 17 USC Section 107. According to this principle, the reproduction of copyrighted works for certain limited, educational purposes does not constitute copyright infringement.

The following guidelines have been established to ensure the efficient processing of reserve requests and to assure conformity with the fair use provisions of the copyright law:

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan expands the range of research materials available for scholarship and instruction. Materials not owned by the University Libraries may be obtained from other state, national or international libraries. Binghamton faculty, staff and students can submit requests via ILLiad software, accessed from our library home page (, using their university generated PODS username and password. We are members of several groups and library consortia, which help to facilitate resource sharing among its partners: SUNY, SCRLC (a regional group which includes Cornell); OCLC Research Libraries Group Partnership, where membership includes on-site access privileges across member institutions; the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), which provides quick turnaround of materials and extended loan periods, and the Information Delivery Services Project (IDS) providing rapid access to materials across New York State. We will notify you, via e-mail, when items arrive. Articles/chapters can be accessed electronically and books/microfilm (returnable items) can be picked up at the Bartle, Science or UDC libraries' Reader Services Desk during library hours.

Requests are processed within the guidelines of the American Library Association Interlibrary Loan Code and US copyright legislation.

Special Collections

Special Collections consists of rare books, manuscripts and archives; sound recordings; and the University Archives. Notable among the rare books are collections (chiefly literature and history) donated by prominent Binghamton attorneys Archibald Howard and George Hinman; the Allen Rogg Collection which focuses on the history of cinema; the Herbert Reichner Collection, which focuses on the history of printing and publishing; the William J. Haggerty Collection of French Colonial History; the personal libraries of Austrian actor and theatre director/producer Max Reinhardt; Vera Beaudin Saeedpour Kurdish Library and Museum Collection containing books, journals, and newspapers in Kurdish as well as artifacts, photographs and clothing; William Klenz, a well-known composer and former professor of music in Harpur College; Professor John H. Hagan, a former professor emeritus of English at Binghamton University; and Edwin A. Link, Jr., the father of flight simulation. Titles of interest to scholars include a Latin edition of the Nuremburg Chronicle (1493) and a first edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (1855b).

Special Collections' manuscripts and archives contain a diverse selection of materials which span several centuries and continents and include photographs, correspondence, theater prompt book and scene designs that document the life and career of Max Reinhardt; photographs, family and business correspondence, and records from Edwin A. Link and the various Link enterprises; 17 distinct Civil War collections; and papers of prominent local individuals and families including the Rose Family, David Bernstein and Lamont Montgomery Bowers, the former personal secretary to John D. Rockefeller.

The Frances R. Conole Archive of Recorded Sound was donated by a former member of the library staff, Philip Conole, who developed his collection to document the history of recorded performance, especially opera.

The University Archives include campus publications; photographs; records from administrative and academic offices; books written, edited or translated by faculty; and recordings and videos of campus events.

Much of the materials in Special Collections can be located in the Libraries' online catalog , and finding aids for a number of the collections are available on the Special Collections web page. For more information, see


Binghamton University Libraries' Preservation Department restores, preserves and, through environmental monitoring, protects all collections to ensure their continued access for future generations of students and scholars. State-of-the art preservation techniques are employed in accordance with nationally recognized standards for the preservation and conservation of library and archival materials.

Memberships and Affiliations

The Binghamton University Libraries maintain a variety of memberships that extend access to research materials and services.

Membership in the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) provides access to the Center's extensive collection that complements and supplements the collections of the major research libraries of North America. Materials owned by the Center are available by placing orders through Interlibrary Loan. For more information about CRL's collections, visit

Membership in the OCLC Shares Program provides Binghamton University faculty on-site access to other RLG libraries upon presentation of your valid BU faculty ID. Exact privileges may vary from library to library. We recommend calling the destination library before you visit. For more information, visit

Membership in the Inter-university Consortia for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) provides Binghamton faculty, staff, and students with access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction. ICPSR also offers training in quantitative methods to facilitate effective data use. See

The Libraries participate in the SUNY Open Access Program. Upon presentation of a valid State University ID card from one's home campus, a reader is entitled to the same use of the collection, and the same services and facilities, as the library offers its own community, including borrowing privileges. 

SUNYConnect is a joint initiative of the SUNY Office of Library & Information Services and the libraries of the 64 SUNY campuses to create a virtual library for the State University of New York. It is the largest public university library system. In addition to providing access to shared database resources, SUNYConnect offers a combined catalog ( for all SUNY libraries. SUNYConnect increases the purchasing power and influence of all SUNY libraries.

The Libraries maintains a variety of additional memberships and participates in library consortia for purchasing materials. Current consortial memberships include the Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization (Waldo) (, Northeast Research Libraries Consortium (NERL), South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC) (, and other SUNY libraries. Current memberships include the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) (, Portico ( and The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), the IDS Project (, and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) ( The Libraries are also are selective depositories for U.S. Federal and New York State government publications.

IX.B. Food, Drink and Noise Policy

Library policies are intended to ensure an atmosphere that is conducive to academic work. The food and drink policy is to aid in the preservation of library materials and electronic equipment and to ensure a comfortable environment for research and collaboration. For more information about library policies, please see

Last Updated: 8/9/17