Libraries Spring Semester 2021 Plan

Last Update: Tuesday, January 12, 2021

As we continue to experience the effects of a global pandemic, Binghamton University Libraries are committed to providing library resources and services for the spring 2021 semester to our faculty, students and staff. The following plan provides an overview of our services and resources that we are offering this spring. 

The Libraries’ plan will adjust as necessary based on any updated information, and in accordance with guidance from public health and government authorities. Check back frequently for news and updates. 

Accessing the Libraries

Library visitors (currently limited to faculty, students and staff) are expected to adhere to all Restarting Binghamton policies and guidelines. Protecting the health and safety of everyone is our guiding principle. The library space has been reimagined to provide a high-quality experience for learning, along with enacting safety measures for your protection.

While in the Libraries, you must:

  • Wear a face covering or mask that covers both nose and mouth at all times (from CDC: How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Face Covering);
  • Follow social distancing practices by staying at least six feet apart from other people at all times;
  • Obey all signage, including floor decals for distancing and elevator capacity;
  • Practice personal hygiene (i.e., washing hands frequently);
  • Adhere to our no food policy and place lids on your drinks (see Restarting Binghamton FAQ for places to eat on campus);
  • Not gather in groups or move any furniture (chairs, tables, etc.) since our furniture has been arranged for social distancing; and
  • Use the reservable study rooms as single occupancy only - no exceptions.

Faculty, students and staff are reminded to use the personal bottle of sanitizer provided

Image: Students wearing masks and social distancing in the Bartle Library.
Students wearing masks and social distancing in the Bartle Library.
by the University to sanitize their hands as well as surfaces within the library such as tables and chairs. Hand sanitizer machines are also available at the entrances of the library.

Plexi-glass barriers are installed at all service points and directional signage will assist with traffic flow to minimize person-to-person contact.

Library staff wear a face covering or mask at service desks and public spaces. We will have clear masks at service desks for those with a hearing-impairment to facilitate their understanding of the spoken words.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation, contact Reader Services at or call during business hours at 607-777-2194.

At this time anyone not directly affiliated with Binghamton University (e.g., community members) are not allowed access to campus libraries. We encourage individuals to arrange virtual visits and appointments with library staff whenever possible.

To learn more about University employee and community safety, visit the Restarting Binghamton Plan.


All library locations will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m, Monday, February 8 through Sunday, February 21 (closed weekends). Starting February 22, library hours will be as follows:

  • Bartle Library: 8 a.m-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; closed Saturday; and noon-7 p.m., Sunday.
  • Science Library: 8:30 a.m-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; closed Saturday; and noon-7 p.m., Sunday.
  • University Downtown (UDC) Library: 8 a.m-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; closed Saturday; and noon-5 p.m., Sunday.

Hours are subject to change and will be updated on Monday, February 15. Visit Library Hours for more information.

Study Spaces

Different types of study spaces are available throughout the Libraries. To facilitate social distancing, the Libraries reduced the overall number of seats available to maintain six feet distance between people. Do not move the furniture for the safety of you and those around you.

Due to social distancing guidelines, group study rooms are limited to only one student at a time. Individuals can make a reservation at Reservations. Since the rooms are a public space, individuals must remain masked at all times.

If you are looking for space to participate in your online classes or work in groups while following social distancing guidelines, the University has identified these areas for that purpose - visit open study spaces on campus.

Information Commons

The Bartle Library, Science Library and UDC Library Information Commons will be open during library hours. To facilitate social distancing, the number of computers are reduced and printing areas are reconfigured. Staplers are not available in an effort to reduce shared equipment. Staff can provide paper clips to patrons. We encourage the use of electronic/digital versions of files whenever possible.


The Libraries have an extensive online and print collection to support teaching, learning and research. Our Find It! Discovery Service is a single-search box that provides a dynamic "one-stop" discovery and delivery service to the Libraries’ online and print collections.

Our diverse online collections include a vast array of e-books, databases, online journals, audiovisual and other resources which are available on and off campus. Visit our subject guides to learn about resources by topic. We will continue to build upon our extensive ebook collection – see our Finding and using ebooks guide. 

Our unique print collection will be accessible for browsing and check-out when the library is open to the campus. We encourage you to use our contactless meeScan self-checkout machines located near the Reader Services desks or the meeScan mobile app to check out items. For information about borrowing privileges, visit Reader Services.

Binghamton University faculty, students and staff may also request materials to be pulled from the stacks and placed on contactless self-serve hold shelves. Material can be requested via Find It! or Interlibrary Loan material from your ILLiad account. Visit Find It! FAQ to learn how to request materials.

The Libraries will not be accepting any gifts of books except on a limited, case-by-case basis.

Special Collections and University Archives

Special Collections and University Archives collects, organizes, interprets, preserves and provides access to unique and rare materials that enhance and encourage research and learning. 

Special Collections will be open by appointment between the hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday to Binghamton University students, faculty and staff. Appointments must be made at least one full business day prior to a visit requesting the specific item(s) needed. We will continue to assist all researchers virtually as much as possible. Further information can be found here.

Due to COVID-19, the department will offer virtual instruction sessions only. To discuss a possible class session, please send an email to, or submit your request here.

Reader Services

Course Reserves

Course reserves are course materials that instructors have asked the Libraries to make easily accessible to students. Electronic course reserves are available by logging directly onto Library Course Reserves or your course in myCourses. Physical reserves are available at Bartle and UDC libraries at the Reader Services desk. Books will be sanitized between uses.

Instructors should submit requests online via the Library Course Reserves tool at You can also access this tool via myCourses.

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Service

Interlibrary Loan services expand the range of research materials available for instruction and scholarship. Materials which are not owned by the Libraries may be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary loan. You can request print and electronic materials via our Interlibrary Loan service using your ILLiad account.

For those teaching or learning online, our Document Delivery service provides an electronic copy of book chapters or articles from our print journal collection via your ILLiad account.

Chat with Us

Reader Services staff is available to assist you via our new online Chat with Us box. Staff can answer your questions about library services and resources. It is available on the Libraries Website during business hours.

Technology Lending Program

The Libraries will not be providing our technology lending program. This service will  be reinstated when it is possible to lend technology safely.


Due to quarantining procedures, allow about one week for library items to be discharged from your account. Interlibrary loan materials are backdated to their original return dates so as to not incur a late fee. During this time, disregard any ‘due shortly’ emails if you have already returned the material. Contact with questions or concerns.

Research and Instructional Services

Ask A Librarian

Librarians provide research assistance virtually via chat, text or email - visit Ask A Librarian. The services will be available 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday.

Library Research Instruction

The Libraries' instruction program supports the teaching mission by educating students for academic success and lifelong learning. Librarians work with instructors to provide  information literacy and library research instruction. Due to social distancing requirements, library instruction will be provided primarily online via Zoom or by asynchronous instruction utilizing online course guides and materials which can be provided in myCourses. Visit Virtual Library Research Instruction to request library research instruction. 

Research Consultation

Subject librarians are available for personal research consultations regarding specialized resources, specific assignments or other research needs. Consultations will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

Online Subject and Research Guides

Our online How To Do Library Research guide provides research advice that will help you successfully navigate the Libraries' print and electronic collections. We also offer online Subject Guides for resources by discipline.

Library Research Tutorials

The Libraries offers a series of online screencasts that demonstrate how to use various library services, databases and research tools. There is also an interactive tutorial suite with topics covering evaluating resources, academic honesty, citing sources, finding books and articles, keeping current, using social media wisely, and using different publication types. Visit our Library Tutorials page.

Digital Scholarship

Our Digital Scholarship Services create a community of practice for research and creative activities, opening new possibilities by extending traditional methods of research and pedagogy through application of new technologies and digital media to advance the teaching and learning processes. Services also include our Open Repository @ Binghamton and Open Educational Resources. Virtual consultations and in-class sessions will be available in the spring and may be requested through this form. The Libraries' new Digital Scholarship Center located in Science Library 209 is available by reservation only. To make a reservation request, submit using this form.    

Scholarly Communications

The Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Program facilitates discussion of emerging publication and scholarship models to support campus faculty, staff and student publishing and archiving of scholarly works. Services include copyright information, research data management, and Open Access publishing. Virtual consultations will be available.