Collections Overview

About Our Collections

The Libraries offer diverse and rich resources to support instruction and research.
Our own collections include 3.2 million books and journal volumes, over 225 electronic databases and immediate access to thousands of journals digitally. Through our Interlibrary Loan Service and our memberships we offer access to millions of other items. Our goal is to get whatever you need. Our collections are spread across three libraries: the Bartle Library, Science Library and the University Downtown Center Library. For questions about accessing our collections, contact the respective library. To request resources, contact your Subject Librarian.

Bartle Library Collections

The Glenn G. Bartle Library houses collections in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and mathematical and computer sciences. View Subject Guides for each discipline here. The Libraries are a Federal Depository, housing selected Government Documents in Bartle. Also within Bartle is the Libraries’ microfilm and microfiche collections, and specialized language collections in Arabic, Hebrew and Persian. The Bartle Library Reference Collection is located on the first floor in the Information Commons.

Special Collections

Special Collections and University Archives is located on the second floor of Bartle Library. Special Collections holds scarce, distinctive, and primary source materials in a variety of formats and subject areas, from the 15th century to the present. Formats include books and printed material, archival and manuscript materials, photographs, film and sound recordings, maps, posters, artwork and realia. Collecting strengths include the areas of performing and fine arts, archaeology, poetry, American and English literature, book and printing history, local history, the Civil War, French Colonial history, Binghamton University history and faculty authors, and Kurdish studies.

Special Collections curates the Libraries’ archives and manuscripts. Notable archives include our Center for the 1960s Collection, the Link Collection, The Max Reinhardt Archives & Library, Binghamton University & Faculty Archive and our Local History archive.

Digital Collections

Digitized Special Collections

Special Collections enhances access to its collections by digitizing them, making them accessible worldwide. We have digitized a wide range of materials: photographs, postcards and manuscripts. Collections include papers and letters of prominent local people, civil war diaries, oral histories and digital materials produced by Binghamton University.

Many of our digital collections are maintained in the Libraries’ digital preservation system known as Rosetta. Rosetta ensures the long-term preservation of digitized and born-digital content. Content placed into Rosetta is searchable and accessible through the Libraries’ discovery layer, Find It!.

A complete list of our Digital Collections can be found on our Digital Collections page. 

The Open Repository @Binghamton (ORB)

The ORB, Binghamton's institutional repository, provides open access to scholarly and creative works generated by our faculty, students, staff and affiliates. The Libraries' goals for the ORB include: capturing and promoting Binghamton's scholarly output; increasing Binghamton’s visibility and public value by making local collections and scholarship accessible globally; and supporting long-term preservation of and access to local collections and scholarship. The content on the ORB is indexed by major search engines like Google. For more information, visit

Science Library Collections

The Science Library houses research materials in the Sciences, including astronomy,
biology, chemistry, engineering/technology, environmental sciences, geology, nursing, psychology and physics View Subject Guides for each discipline here.  Mathematics and Computer Science are currently shelved in Bartle Library. The collections include books, journals, and newspapers. Our extensive Map Collection contains topographic and thematic maps, charts, atlases, soil surveys, geological publications, globes, gazetteers and other cartographic reference materials and is located on the ground floor of the Science Library. Science Reference Collection is on the first floor.

The University Downtown Center (UDC) Library Collections

The UDC Library-Information Commons supports the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) which offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs for students interested in careers related to social justice, social work, education, public administration, government and human development View Subject Guides for each discipline here. The UDC Library, located on the main floor of the UDC, maintains a collection of books, reference materials and regional
government documents.

CMF Collection

The Collection Management Facility (CMF) houses important, lesser-used materials in the Libraries' collections. The items include print journals (most available digitally), books and book sets, LP records, archive material and microfilm. The CMF is a ‘closed stack’ facility and ensures space on campus for newer and more heavily used materials. Book requests are delivered to the location of your choice. Electronic material requests are processed via our Interlibrary Loan service.