19 Things You Might Not Know About Bartle Library

Posted by Erin Rosenblum (December 2014); Updated on April 13, 2017

As a Bartle veteran, you probably know what to order at Jazzman's (a warm chocolate chip cookie) and what room to visit if you have heavy studying to do ("The White Room.") You've figured out the perfect time to print in order to avoid lines, and when to snag a highly coveted computer in the Info Commons. Here are some things you might not know about our old friend Glenn G.

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1. Bartle was the boss.

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Glenn G. Bartle was the first president of Binghamton University, back when it was known as Harpur College, in 1950.  Photo courtesy of the University Archive collection.

2. It's awesome, but it's not your only option.

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The Binghamton University Libraries system includes the Science Library and the University Downtown Center, too. Talk about options.

3. It's a perfect place to study.

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Need a group study room? Try the fourth floor of Bartle, the Graduate Commons or the Science Library. These spaces have group study rooms with whiteboards that can fit up to eight people. That's room for a lot of brainpower.

4. Tech is always at your fingertips.

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Techno-glitch with your computer or laptop? No problem! While you may already know that laptops can be borrowed from the library for three-hour intervals, iPads are also available to all students.

5. There's no need for scrap paper.

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If you're tired of writing down book titles and call numbers on scraps of paper, there's another option. Did you know you can now text this information directly to your mobile device from the Library Catalog?  Just click on the mobile phone icon next to a call number and enter your phone number. 

6. You can take out a shelf's worth of books.

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Undergraduates are allowed to take out 100 books at a time! Grad students and faculty can take out 200. Speed readers, have at it.

7. Computers are at the ready.

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There are 200+ computers in Bartle Library's first floor and second floor Information Commons. 

Still can't find a computer?! We’ve all been there, hopelessly wandering the pods in search of an available computer, while logged-out computers are being reserved with someone else’s belongings. Did you know the library has a policy against this? Informations Commons staff are authorized to make unattended computers available after 15 minutes. See the complete policy

8. It's a treasure trove.

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If you study in the North Reading Room, a.k.a. “The White Room,” you’ve probably seen the doorway to the Specials Collection Room and wondered what’s so special about it. Bartle is home to an impressive array of rare books, documents, photographs, films and other unique archival materials that are definitely worth exploring! It's like a time machine, only way more practical. 

9. It's a history buff's paradise.

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Bartle is also home to the Civil War Collections, which contains over 1,700 letters, diaries, photographs, account books, postcards and other authentic materials dating back to 1861-65.

Another war-centered collection worth mentioning is the H. Warner Waid Collection, which consists of over 700 German books, periodicals and official documents from the Nazi government.

10. It's a must-visit for Downton Abbey fans.

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Mising your Downton Abbey fix? In 2013, archivists found letters from WWII, and their contents read like the plot ofDownton Abbey. The real-life correspondence of Tilly Losch (Pink Girl), an Austrian dancer and artist who married Lord Porchester (aka Porchey-poo), the sixth earl of Carnarvon, are also available in Special Collections. Find out more about the Downton/Binghamton connection in this cool video

11. Archival materials are in good hands.

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Binghamton Libraries have groundbreaking preservation technology to preseve our archival materials. We were the first in all of North America to implement “Rosetta,” a state-of-the-art digital preservation system.

12. You'll probably run into a classmate or two.

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 Bartle seats 2,700+ students. 

13. It's got more books than you think.

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There were over 2 million volumes in circulation at the end of last semester. 2 MILLION!  

14. Borrowing is encouraged.

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"Neither a borrower nor a lender be," wrote William Shakespeare. Sorry, Will! Just shy of 80,000 library loans were filled during the 2015-2016 semesters.

15. You can get research help (from home!)

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Can't make it to the library, but need help with research? You can text or email a librarian. And there's no need to whisper.

16. The doors are (almost) always open.

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During the semester, Bartle is open 24-hours a day, five days a week. But during finals week, students can stay 24/7. Did we mention Jazzman's offers espresso? 

17. There's more volumes than you thought.

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Did you know a converted warehouse in Conklin, N.Y., is home to the Binghamton University Libraries’ Library Annex? This facility houses 450,000+ volumes in a closed stack, high-density, climate-controlled environment. We treat our books with care. 

18. You can add to the collection (and make someone feel special).

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You can honor someone or commemorate a special occasion by donating a book to the University Libraries through the Honor with Books program. What a great Commencement gift (wink, wink). 

19. It's social-media friendly.

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Binghamton ranked a respectable #86 nationally in the social-media friendliness of our libraries. Stay on top of library news and events by following the Libraries blog and liking the Binghamton University Libraries Facebook page. 

Have questions, comments or concerns about the blog? E-mail us at social@binghamton.edu.