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Graduate Students Library Guide: Search Tools & Access to Library Resources

This guide offers library and university services and resources specifically for Master and PhD students.

Searching Library Materials Online!

The University Libraries owns more than 480,000 eBooks Our search tool lets you search for books, articles, media and more! Additionally, we subscribe to 394 databases across 63 subjects. Our Database Finder allows you to search by discipline for easy access. For specific journals, use our Journal Finder. If we don’t have what you need, the Interlibrary Loan Department will try to find it for you in digital format.

Click on the following video about how to find these library resources!


Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Service

We will do our best to obtain requested items from other libraries. Our ability to obtain items is dependent upon other libraries’ services and staffing. We may not be able to fill some requests as a result of this. Due dates for Interlibrary Loan materials are set by the loaning library and may not be eligible for renewal.

Alternative Access to Elsevier Articles

Electronic Reserves services are available

The Libraries will make every effort to make book chapters and journal articles available electronically through Blackboard. 

Physical reserves will not be available for the Spring 2021 semester.

Please consult with your subject librarian for alternate online content. More information on electronic reserves is available at

Equipment Lending

Equipment is available for loan at the IMC service desk. Reservations are recommended but not required.

Please contact IMC for reservation: or 518-442-3607. Extended loan periods are available. See Equipment for Loan

Traditional laptop loans are not available. If you require a laptop, please contact the Dean of Students office at

How to Request Books

Access to Library Collections

Please request items using the Libraries’ Search Tool. Library staff will retrieve requested items, and users will receive an email notification to schedule a pickup date and time. Items will be checked out to users just prior to the scheduled pickup time.

Returning books, media, and interlibrary loan materials

Please return materials to the book drops outside the University or Dewey Libraries. Please note that it may take up to two weeks for returned items to come off of your account. Return bins are emptied weekly, and materials will sit in quarantine for a week before being processed. If you are no longer in the Albany area, you can return books to another SUNY library. Contact them ahead of time so that you can inquire about their protocols. We will also accept materials mailed via USPS to:

University Library Circulation
1400 Washington Ave., LI-119
Albany, NY 12222

If mailing materials, the library recommends insuring the package to cover any damage or loss resulting from shipping.

Additional Library Materials

Resources to Help You Search for Information, Develop Searching Strategies, and more!