Services for Undergraduate Students

Find, Borrow and Renew

Use Find It! or the Library Catalog to search for all formats of materials owned by the Libraries.

Your Binghamton University ID card is your library card. You can borrow up to 100 items at one time. Books, microforms, and government documents may be borrowed for 6 weeks. For more information on borrowing privileges and the loan periods of other items, including journals, see the Reader Services page.

Most books can be renewed online and in person. To renew online, you need to sign into the Library Catalog. Instructions are provided for entering your BU patron ID and your password, and for additional help, see the Renew Books Online tutorial.

Signing in to the Library Catalog also allows you to request items that are available at the Library Annex @ Conklin. To request items to be brought back and forth the University Downtown Center and the Vestal Campus, use the University Downtown Center Request Form.

Borrowing and reciprocal access with other institutions is available through such programs as SUNY Open Access and by the Libraries' membership in RLG and CRL. More information is available on the Services for Faculty page.

Course Reserves and Textbooks

Your instructors may choose to add current course materials to the Reserves Collection on a semester-to-semester basis. The Reserves Collection consists of both physical and electronic items: electronic reserves are uploaded to myCourses by Reserves staff, and physical reserves are circulated out of the Newcomb Reading Room and the University Downtown Center Library.

To see if your textbook is available on reserve, click "Library Course Reserves" in the left navigation menu on myCourses. You can also use the "Reserves" tab on the Libraries' homepage to search by course number (e.g., ENG 101) or department abbreviation (e.g., ENG).

Electronic Resources

The Libraries subscribe to a number of electronic journals and databases. While you are enrolled as a student at BU, you have access to these resources for the purposes of research and private study.

Subject Guides contains links to databases in addition to web resources that have been selected by your subject librarian for their authority and relevance.

To determine if the Libraries offer full-text versions of specific journal titles consult the Journals search.

Off Campus Access to the Libraries’ Electronic Resources

When accessing BU-Only materials from off-campus, you will be required to provide your PODS username and password for off campus access.  You can also access these resources from off-campus through the ssl connection. More details are available on the Libraries’ Technical Help web page.

ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan)

Materials not owned by Binghamton University Libraries and not available in full-text from our electronic databases may be obtained from other libraries using our ILLiad service. There is generally no charge for this service. Most articles are scanned and delivered electronically as a PDF file to your ILLiad account. You are notified by email that the item has arrived. Books may be picked up at the service desk you select.

Study Areas

The Libraries has a range of individual tables, carrels, and group study spaces available in the Bartle, Science, and UDC Libraries. The UDC and Bartle Information Commons have rooms available for practicing multi-media presentations.  Select group and multi-media areas are available for reservation.

Research Assistance

Librarians provide assistance in locating materials on a topic or using the many online resources provided by the libraries for your research and teaching needs. In-person help is available in the Bartle and UDC Libraries. In addition, assistance via email, text, phone and chat are offered.

Consult the Libraries’ Ask a Librarian web page for more details.  You are also invited to make an appointment with a Subject Librarian for an one-on-one appointment for research assistance.

Subject Librarians

Subject librarians, who focus on a particular discipline or area, provide a range of services to students and faculty. Contact them or make an appointment for any information you need regarding library policies, the collections, or services.

Computers, Laptop Ports, and Wireless in the Libraries

You will need to authenticate as a BU student by signing in with a PODS username and password to use any library computer or wireless. Laptop ports and wireless are available in each library, and your laptop can be configured to take advantage of your ITS printing quota.

Last Updated: 9/14/17