Welcome Class of 2019!

If you’re on campus for Orientation this week, make sure you stop by the Library!  (New to campus?  We are the colorful glass building at the center of the plaza mall with a yellow column and a red overhang).

You can cool off from the heat, use our computers, get a snack in the 2012 Michelle MacNaught Student Lounge, explore our books, DVDs, CDs, and graphic novels, tour the Art Books and the Music Collections, and take a look at student artwork on display.

We know there’s a lot of information to digest at Orientation, so we won’t bombard you today.  You can get acquainted with the Purchase College Library at your own pace via social media.  If you’re reading this, you’ve already found our news blog,  “Behind the Stacks,” but you can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Tumblr, and check out photos of the library on Instagram and Flickr.  Find us on the social media site of your choice!  If you’d like to leave us a message or share your thought, just use #SUNYPurchaseLib.

And of course, whether you’re on or off campus, you can always Ask a Librarian a question via phone, email, text, IM/chat, or in person.  We are here to help you get oriented!

poster showing the library is on twitter, facebook, tumblr, flickr, and instagram. our hashtag is #SUNYPurchaseLib

Browse Scholarly Journals on your Tablet

The library has a trial for BrowZine. BrowZine is a great new service that allows you to browse and read many of the library’s scholarly journals, all in a format optimized for your iPad and Android tablet or smart phone (a web version will be released soon).


Get started in three easy steps:

  • From your iOS or Android device, go to your app store (Apple App Store, Google Play or Amazon), search for “BrowZine” and download it for free
  • Open BrowZine and select Purchase College Library from the list
  • Enter your credentials, these will be the same that you use to access library resources from off-campus

Start browsing and reading your scholarly journals!

Want more information? Read a review of BrowZine.

If you have any questions or feedback about BrowZine, or would like to request a trial of another resource, let us know.

Seeking feedback on ProQuest News and Newspapers Database

ProQuest is looking for feedback from students, faculty, and library users on its ProQuest News & Newspapers database. One of several newspaper databases we subscribe to at Purchase College Library, News & Newspapers brings together 10 distinct newspaper databases and provides access to the full text of thousands of popular press articles from current national and regional newspapers in the U.S. and the U.K.

As a reward for taking a brief survey, everyone who participates will be entered to win an Apple Watch.  Survey results will also be shared with Purchase College Library.  The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PQnewssurvey through July 10th.

logo for proquest news and newspapers

Click logo to search ProQuest News & Newspapers Database

Library Closed Saturday July 4th

In observance of Independence Day, the Library will be closed Saturday, July 4th and Sunday July 5th.  We will maintain our regular hours Monday June 29th- Friday July 3rd, and we will reopen on Monday morning at 8:00 AM.  Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!  For full hours, see our Hours page.

Image credit: "Patriotic Custom Book Jackets" from juniperbooks.com

June is GLBT Book Month!

June marks GLBT Book Month, a nationwide celebration of authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

Here are some ways you can celebrate with our Library:

  • Check out library resources on the Gender Studies Research Guide
  • Browse the HQ section of the Library Stacks for non-fiction books on gender & sexuality
  • Read literature, poetry, and fiction by LGBTQ authors. (Do an author search in the Library Catalog to find works by these great writers!)
  • Stream documentaries online in Kanopy’s LGBT Collection. Award-winning films include: “Transgender Tuesdays,” “The Times of Harvey Milk,” “A Jihad For Love” and more.
  • Read a Stonewall-Award-Winner! The following books and ebooks in our collection have won Stonewall Awards.

Stonewall Award Winners:

Summer Classes Begin June 8th. Library Open Longer Hours!

On-campus summer classes begin June 8th.  The Library will be open longer hours from June 8th to July 31st. We’ll also be open on Saturdays! See our hours page for more info.

Summer Sessions II-IV (June 8 – July 31):

Mondays – Thursdays 8:00am – 10:00pm
Fridays 8:00am – 4:00pm
Saturdays 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Sundays Closed
*Exceptions: Saturday, July 4 Closed

Welcome SUNY Librarians!

Purchase College is hosting the SUNY Librarians Association’s Annual Conference from June 3rd to June 5th.  The Library extends a warm welcome to all attendees! SUNYLA is a chance for librarians from throughout SUNY, New York State, the NYC metro area, and beyond to come together, share knowledge & best practices, and discuss key issues in librarianship.  More information about SUNYLA 2015 can be found here: https://sunyla2015.wordpress.com  (Note: registration is now closed).


Most of the conference sessions will take place in the Library and the Red Room.  Additional events will be held in the Performing Arts Center, Buffer, and Neuberger Museum.  The Library remains open to the public throughout the conference, but please bear in mind that conference activities may make the Library less quiet than usual and may impact public access to some labs and classrooms. Library patrons will continue to have access to our collections, circulation services, silent study areas, and computers in the DMZ and Reference Commons.

The Library will be open from 8:30am – 7:00pm on Wednesday June 3rd and Thursday June 4th and from 8:30am – 4:00pm on Friday June 5th.



Happy Memorial Day! Library Closed Mon. 5/25

The Library will be closed for Memorial Day, Monday May 25th and will reopen Tuesday May 26th at 8:30am (see our hours page).

Please use our Ask Us 24/7 Chat service to answer any questions while we are closed. Ask Us is staffed 24-hours-a-day by professional librarians at our partner libraries across New York State and the U.S.

Need to return library materials? Just place them in the 24-hour bookdrop located in the library foyer, just inside the outer doors.

Happy Memorial Day!

Library Closed Wed. May 20th

The Library will be closed on Wed. May 20th for an all-staff retreat (see our hours page). Reference services including Text Us and email reference will not be available. Please use our Ask Us 24/7 Chat service to answer any questions. Ask Us is staffed 24-hours-a-day by professional librarians at our partner libraries across New York State and the U.S.

Need to return library materials? Just place them in the 24-hour bookdrop located in the library foyer, just inside the outer doors.

Congrats Seniors! Commencement is live-streaming

Congratulations to the Class of 2015! Not going to commencement?  You can cheer on your friends and relatives virtually. Commencement will be live-streaming at http://www.purchase.edu/live/.

The Library is closed today to celebrate Commencement and the Class of 2015, but you can still return books in our 24-hour book-drop located in the foyer, just inside the building’s main front doors.

image from Boston University


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