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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.

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 Fall 2020 semester. Please consult with your subject librarian for alternate online content.

More information on electronic reserves is available at

Equipment Lending

All equipment is available for loan only at the IMC service desk. Reservations are recommended but not required. See Please note that laptops and MacBooks will not be available for loan this semester.

Access to Library Collections

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

Item pickup locations this fall will include the following:

  • University Library and Dewey Library self-service pickup shelves (located in the lobbies near the service desks). To maintain confidentiality, requested items will have the users first and last initials followed by their Albany ID numbers. These pickup locations are available to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Curbside Pickup at Dewey Library: walk up to the Dewey Library’s Western Ave. entrance and follow the instructions on the curbside pickup sign. Staff will open the door and place requested items outside the door. This pickup location is available to students, faculty, staff, and courtesy borrowers (please note: this is the only pickup location available to courtesy borrowers).
  • Office delivery: this option is available for faculty and staff.

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!