Libraries Overview

Our People

The Libraries have a Dean, twenty-three faculty, thirty-three professional staff and twenty-two classified staff. In addition, we employ about 120 student workers. Our faculty and staff are engaged in applied research aimed at enhancing the quality of local library services. Notably, the successful introduction of innovative practices and services to our local constituency has led many of our faculty and staff to share them in regional and national professional gatherings as well as in the professional literature.

Our Spaces

SpacesThe Glenn G. Bartle Library, named after the University's first president, contains collections in the humanities, social sciences, government documents and collections in mathematical and computer sciences. Additionally, Bartle Library houses the Fine Arts Collection and Special Collections.

The Science Library contains materials in all science and engineering disciplines, as well as an extensive map collection. The University Downtown Center (UDC) houses collections for the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA). The offsite Library Annex houses important, lesser-used materials.

The Bartle Library Information Commons (IC) is a welcoming, state-of-the-art, student- centered space with the information and technology resources and expert staff needed to support and enhance the scholarly needs of the University community. IT services include scanning, color printing, advanced resource discovery tools, presentation practice space, multimedia production capability, and adaptive technology for people with disabilities.

Our Services

servicesThe Libraries offer a wide variety and range of services including research assistance, instruction, user-friendly interfaces, digital preservation, digital scanners, and resource sharing.

Research Assistance

Our research assistance service is designed not only to help users answer specific questions but also to help them formulate better research strategies, We offer this service in several ways so users can choose the one they feel most comfortable with: in-person, telephone, email, instant messenger, chat, or text. They can even "Skype" us.


The Libraries' instructional program's goal is to promote information literacy on campus via teaching, ongoing assessment, new methodologies, and collaboration with other campus groups (e.g., the First Year Experience Program, the Graduate Student Teaching Assistants, and the General Education Program). Librarians offer course-specific sessions, general sessions, personal consultations, tutorials, tours, and other outreach services

Find It!

"Find It!," a multi-faceted discovery and delivery service, allows users to choose how they search and how their information is returned to them. Find It! works seamlessly with Rosetta, our, digital preservation system.

Digital Preservation

We were the first university library in North America to implement Rosetta from Ex Libris. Rosetta is a "state-of-the-art" digital preservation system which can be used to safely preserve both born-digital and digitized materials. Rosetta allows us to offer a solution to a problem facing many researchers: how to store and preserve their data and other materials in a way that will be both secure and accessible to users for years to come.

Digital Scanners

The "BookEye" scanner is a fast, user-friendly, self-service scanner. We currently have three of these in Bartle and one each in the Science and the University Downtown Center libraries. They are popular among both students and faculty, giving them the opportunity to digitize-on-demand anything from our vast print collections.

Resource Sharing

Our Resource Sharing service is an integral part of the research cycle of our users. We can deliver articles from other institutions or from our Library Annex in digital format via our document delivery service. And the uniqueness and strength of our collections keep us consistently rated among the top institutions in New York State for lending our materials to others.

Our Collections

collectionsSince the founding of this relatively young University, our subject librarians have collaborated diligently with the teaching faculty to build first-rate collections in support of all academic programs and initiatives. The Libraries recognize the importance of maintaining consortial memberships and cooperative programs that extend our patrons' access to research collections and resources regionally, nationally, and even internationally.  
Our Special Collections materials range from Chinese books of the 19th and 20th centuries to Civil War manuscripts and beyond. Our noteworthy collections include the archive and library of celebrated Austro-German theater director, Max Reinhardt, as well as the Frances R. Conole Archive of Recorded Sound. We also possess distinctive archives of regional importance, for example, the Link Collections, including the collection of Edwin A. Link, Jr., Binghamton-area resident and renowned inventor. The collections are used by researchers worldwide who are interested in the origins and history of flight simulation.

Last Updated: 11/16/17