Services for Guests

Per the Restarting Binghamton Plan, we will discourage non-essential visitors from accessing campus to enter buildings and meet with or interact with students, faculty, and staff. Instead, we will encourage individuals to arrange virtual visits and appointments with library staff whenever possible. Visit Contact Us.

The Binghamton University Libraries (Bartle, Science, and the University Downtown Center) are open to the public during normal business hours. Visitors have access to the following services and resources:

Browse and Borrow Materials in Open Collections within the Libraries

For information on borrowing privileges and loan periods, see Reader Services.

Search Library Collections

Our Find It! single-search box tool provides access to the Library Catalog, the Libraries’ Digital Collections, and an index of millions of scholarly e-resources, including articles, e-books, reviews, and legal documents. It is freely available to all to search.

Use Designated Guest Computers

Guest access to computers is available in the Bartle Library, Science Library, and UDC Library Information Commons on a space available basis.

Access Most Electronic Resources within the Libraries

Subscription databases, e-journals, and e-books are available for use on campus only. Restrictions in the subscription licensing agreements for these resources preclude their off-campus use by guests.

Access Federal and State Publications within the Libraries

The Libraries are a selective depository for U.S. government publications.

All New York State residents have access to the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVEL), which includes the full text of thousands of journals, newspapers. magazines and other references. New York State residents may also apply for a library card from the New York Public Library, which can be used to access over 80 of NYPL's online databases from home. For more information about both of these programs, see our guide to Library Resources for NYS Residents.

Access Genealogy Information

See the Libraries’ Genealogy guide to learn about resources available. Note that subscription electronic resources are only available on campus.