The Libraries' website, http://library.binghamton.edu is a gateway to a wide variety of online books, magazines, journals, encyclopedias, databases and a wide assortment of other digital collections that may be accessed from anywhere on or off campus. The Libraries offer a range of services including research consultation and assistance in person and electronically, a laptop lending program, customized instruction sessions and Library news and updates through a number of Blogs (online weblogs) - as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. We are a leader within SUNY, offering federated, faceted, relevance-ranked, categorized, visualized and self-tagged search capabilities. Together these services enable Binghamton University Libraries to provide patrons access to information resources such as catalogs, reference databases, citation databases, subject gateways, and e-journals.
The University Libraries include:
Our Libraries hold 2,438,344 volumes, including print volumes, government documents, and electronic books, all searchable via the Libraries' online catalog. The collections also include over 93,414 electronic and print scholarly journals, 227 databases and more than 1.8 million titles on microfilm; there are, as well, 2,737 CD-ROMs, 118,975 sound recordings, 3,632 videos and DVDs, and 121,032 maps.
Subject librarians provide a range of specialized services to faculty and students by focusing on a particular area or discipline. They:
Librarians provide individualized 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 telephone, e-mail and instant messenger research assistance are offered. E-mail inquiries are answered within 24 hours.
Librarians collaborate with BU faculty, instructors, and graduate teaching assistants (TAs) in support of the teaching mission of the University. Our instructional services include:
Faculty and professional staff may borrow materials for a one-year loan period with a current BU ID card. Bound journals may be circulated for three days; current periodicals are due at 5 p.m. on the day borrowed. All books may be recalled immediately if needed for Reserve, or after two weeks if requested by another patron. The Libraries' automated circulation system requires the use of an official Binghamton University identification card. Faculty and staff are responsible for replacement fees for lost books according to the following schedule:
Lost book charges are assessed when a borrower declares a book lost, on books overdue for more than one year, and in response to borrower inquiries.
Unresolved obligations will be referred to the Office of the Vice President for Administration.
Articles, book chapters, student papers, and non-copyrighted materials such as lecture notes and exams may be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week via Blackboard. Books, videos, DVDs, cassettes, CDs and other items (both from the Libraries and from instructors' personal collections) that have been placed "on reserve" by faculty to supplement classroom materials are available at the Bartle Library Circulation Desk or the UDC Information Services Desk. The loan periods, established in consultation with the instructor, can be two hours, three hours (for media only), one day, or two days. For further information, see the Course Reserves web page at http://library.binghamton.edu/services/eres/.
Interlibrary loan expands the range of research materials available for scholarship and instruction. Materials not owned by the University Libraries may be obtained from other state, national or international libraries. Binghamton faculty, staff and students can submit requests via ILLiad software, accessed from our library home page (http://library.binghamton.edu), using their university generated PODS username and password. We are members of several groups and library consortia, which help to facilitate resource sharing among its partners: SUNY, SCRLC (a regional group which includes Cornell); OCLC Research Libraries Group (RLG) Partnership, where membership includes on-site access privileges across member institutions; the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), which provides quick turnaround of materials and extended loan periods, and the Information Delivery Services Project (IDS) providing rapid access to materials across New York State. We will notify you, via e-mail, when items arrive. Articles/chapters can be accessed electronically and books/microfilm (returnable items) can be picked up at the Bartle Library Circulation Desk, the Science Library Information Services Desk or the UDC Information Services Desk during library hours.
Requests are processed within the guidelines of the American Library Association Interlibrary Loan Code and US copyright legislation.
Special Collections consists of rare books, manuscripts and archives; sound recordings; and the University Archives. Notable among the rare books are collections (chiefly literature and history) donated by prominent Binghamton attorneys Archibald Howard and George Hinman; the Allen Rogg Collection which focuses on the history of cinema; the Herbert Reichner Collection, which focuses on the history of printing and publishing; the William J. Haggerty Collection of French Colonial History; and the personal libraries of Austrian actor and theatre director/producer Max Reinhardt; William Klenz, a well-known composer and former professor of music in Harpur College; Professor John H. Hagan, a former professor emeritus of English at Binghamton University; and Edwin A. Link, Jr., the father of flight simulation. Titles of interest to scholars include the Latin edition of the Nuremburg Chronicle (1493) and the first edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (1855b).
Special Collections' manuscripts and archives contain a diverse selection of materials which span several centuries and continents and include photographs, correspondence, theater prompt book and scene designs that document the life and career of Max Reinhardt; photographs, family and business correspondence, and records from Edwin A. Link and the various Link enterprises; records and photographs of the Anitec Corporation; and papers of prominent local individuals and families including the Rose Family, David Bernstein and Lamont Montgomery Bowers, the former personal secretary to John D. Rockefeller.
The Frances R. Conole Archive of Recorded Sound was donated by a former member of the library staff, Philip Conole, who developed his collection to document the history of recorded performance, especially opera.
The University Archives include campus publications; records from administrative and academic offices; books written, edited or translated by faculty; and recordings or videos of campus events.
Most of the materials in Special Collections can be located in the Libraries' online catalog , and finding aids for a number of the archival collections are available on the Special Collections web page. For more information, see http://library.binghamton.edu/specialcollections.
The Preservation Unit is located in Special Collections, but it repairs and maintains materials from all of the Libraries' collections.
The Binghamton University Libraries maintain a variety of memberships that extend access to research materials and services.
Membership in the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) provides access to the Center's extensive collection that complements and supplements the collections of the major research libraries of North America. Materials owned by the Center are available by placing orders through Interlibrary Loan. For more information about CRL's collections, visit http://www.crl.edu/.
Membership in the OCLC Research Library Partnership provides Binghamton University faculty on-site access to other RLG libraries upon presentation of your valid BU faculty ID. Exact privileges may vary from library to library. We recommend calling the destination library before you visit. For more information, visit http://www.oclc.org/research/partnership/default.htm.
Membership in the Inter-university Consortia for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) provides Binghamton faculty, staff, and students with access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction. ICPSR also offers training in quantitative methods to facilitate effective data use. See http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/index.html.
The Libraries participate in the SUNY Open Access Program. Upon presentation of a valid State University ID card from one's home campus, a reader is entitled to the same use of the collection, and the same services and facilities, as the library offers its own community, including borrowing privileges. See http://olis.sysadm.suny.edu/openaccess/over.htm for more information.
SUNYConnect is a joint initiative of the SUNY Office of Library & Information Services and the libraries of the 64 SUNY campuses to create a virtual library for the State University of New York. It is the largest public university library system. In addition to providing access to shared database resources, SUNYConnect offers a combined catalog (http://search.sunyconnect.suny.edu) for all SUNY libraries. SUNYConnect increases the purchasing power and influence of all SUNY libraries.
The Libraries maintains a variety of additional memberships and participates in library consortia for purchasing materials. Current consortial memberships include the New York State Higher Education Initiative (NYSHEI) (http://www.nyshei.org/), Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization (Waldo) (http://www.waldolib.org/), Northeast Research Libraries Consortium (NERL) (http://www.library.yale.edu/NERLpublic/), South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC) (http://scrlc.org/), and other SUNY libraries. Current memberships include the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) (http://www.cni.org/), Portico (http://www.portico.org/) and The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) (http://www.arl.org/sparc/), the IDS Project (http://www.idsproject.org/index.aspx), and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) (http://www.clir.org/). The Libraries are also are selective depositories for U.S. Federal and New York State government publications.
The purpose of the food and drink policy is to aid in the preservation of library materials and electronic equipment and to ensure a comfortable environment for research and collaboration. For more information, please see http://library.binghamton.edu/about/policy/fooddrink.html and http://library.binghamton.edu/about/policy/noise.html.
Last Updated: 1/31/13