Library Hours for Fall Semester

Welcome new students, faculty, & staff!  The Library will be open during the following hours this semester:

Orientation/Welcome Weekend (August 29 – 30):

Saturday, August 29 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, August 30 11:00am – 5:00pm

Regular Semester Hours (Starts Monday, August 31):

Mondays* – Thursdays 8:00am – 2:00am​
Fridays 8:00am – 10:00pm​
Saturdays 11:00am – 8:00pm
Sundays 12:00pm – 2:00am
*exception: Monday, September 7 (Labor Day) 6:00pm – 2:00am
Note: on particular holidays and during weather emergencies, Library hours may vary from those given above. For the latest information, please call the Circulation Desk at 914-251-6401 or view our hours page:

Westchester Public Library Resources for Colleges:, ebooks, streaming content and more!

Westchester Library System has a number of online resources that you can access with a public library card — for free! This is a great way to access databases and online streaming sources that Purchase College may not subscribe to.

Purchase College students, faculty, & staff are eligible for Westchester Public Library cards! Librarians from Harrison Public Library will be visiting Purchase College Library to sign people up for public library cards on September 30th from 4pm -10pm as part of our Library Open House.  Can’t wait that long? You can sign up for a card at the Harrison Public Library or other local libraries in Westchester County.

A Westchester Library System card gives you access to rich resources like these, which can be used for academics as well as entertainment:

Looking to brush up on your computer skills, or want to learn something altogether new? Westchester Library System is proud to now offer access to for all patrons. Learn technology, creative and business skills you can use today. There are over 3,760 video courses to choose from!

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University of Fashion
Learn fashion design online from top NYC fashion college instructors and fashion industry pros. Learn draping, sewing, pattern making, fashion product development and more.

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This streaming movie service provides unlimited access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries. With thousands of films to choose from across more than 50 countries, IndieFlix offers a viewing experience you can’t get anywhere else.

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Listen to music! Checkout Freegal, where you can download 5 free music titles per week, and once you download, it’s yours to keep. It’s compatible with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be downloaded into iTunes. It works on PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets. Best of all, it’s both free (with your library card) and legal!

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Total Boox

Download an eBook! With Total Boox you can read, share and discover ebooks with no restrictions – no expiration date, no fines and no waiting list.

Library Closed Fri. Aug. 21st for Electrical Shutdown

The Purchase College Library will be closed to the public on Friday, August 21st due to the campus electrical shutdown.

We will reopen Monday, August 24th.  See for full Library Hours during Faculty Obligation Week and the Fall Semester.

While the Library is closed, you can still return items in the dropbox in the Library foyer, which will remain open, and you can still use our online resources.

If you need help from a librarian, use our Ask a Librarian services: email us at, text us at 914-873-1711 (until 4pm), or use our Ask Us 24/7 Chat service to talk to a librarian from one of our co-op libraries.

Moodle Open Studio, Monday, Aug. 24

Join us for a day-long Moodle Open Studio and Moodle Mini Workshops in Library Labs 1004C and 1004D on Monday, August 24, 2015. Drop in at any time from 10:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4pm for individualized assistance with Moodle. No registration is necessary so stop by anytime!

Moodle Open Studio: librarians and TLTC staff will be available in the Library Lab 1004D from 10:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4pm, to provide individualized, hands-on support in all aspects of Moodle. Instructors are invited attend the Open Studio to get assistance with Moodle and to work on their Moodle courses, locate resources, and generally get ready for the start of the semester.

A variety of short, focused instructional technology workshops will be offered in Library Lab 1004C on the following topics:

  • 10:30am – Moodle multimedia.  Options for including media in your Moodle courses, including embedding web video, using the YouTube Anywhere tool in the Moodle editor, VoiceThread, etc.
  • 11:00am – Moodle gradebook.  Options for setting up categories and weights in your Moodle gradebook to match your grading schema, Moodle activities that integrate with the gradebook, entering and importing scores and feedback.
  • 11:30am – Blackboard Collaborate.  This is a new service that we’ve integrated with Moodle, that will allow you to set up on-demand web conferencing and live online classrooms.  Useful for snow days, bringing in guest speakers, online courses, and running your class when you’re away from campus.
  • 12:00pm – TurnItIn.  Setting up TurnItIn assignments in your Moodle courses, for originality checking and providing GradeMark feedback on student papers.
  •  break for lunch
  • 1:30pm – Moodle quizzes.  How to set up online quizzes in Moodle, a good tool for providing students formative feedback and ensuring student preparedness for class.
  • 2:00pm – Moodle gradebook.  Repeat of the morning session.
  • 2:30pm – Discovery Search Reading List.  The EBSCO Discovery Search Reading List is a new Library service integrated into Moodle.  This external tool allows you to search the library databases from within Moodle and set up reading lists for your courses.
  • 3:00pm – Writing assignments in Moodle.  Moodle has a number of tools that support development and revision of drafts, peer review of papers, rubrics, etc.
  • 3:30pm – ePortfolios for course assignments.  ePortfolios allow students to collect their work and reflect on it, and can be done in Moodle or Mahara (our ePortfolio system).

Harrison Public Library to Reopen September 12th

Purchase College librarians were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the renovated Harrison Public Library on Wednesday August 12th.  So much progress has been made and Harrison Public Library is getting ready for their grand reopening on Saturday September 12th.

Part of the Westchester Public Library System, Harrison Public Library is one of the local libraries serving Purchase College.  SUNY Purchase is in the town of Harrison, so students and faculty who live or work at Purchase College can sign up for Harrison Public Library cards.

A public library card gives you access to resources at Harrison Public and online through the Westchester Library System that Purchase College Library may not own.  Some great resources available through WLS and Harrison include: audiobooks,, children’s picture books, and Harrison’s unique Japanese-language book collection.  We’ll share more about Harrison Public and our partnerships with them in future posts. For now, check out these photos of their great new spaces!

New signage helps you explore our collections!

Thanks to some snazzy new signage, it’s easier than ever for you to find your way around the Purchase College Library and find the resources and entertainment you need!  New signage has been added to the Academic & Popular DVD Collections, Popular Reading Collection, Graphic Novels & Manga Collection, Special Collections & Archives, the DMZ Group Study Zone, Interlibrary Loan, and the new Technology Assistance Office.

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We’ve been busy over the summer improving the Library facilities and creating better, more accessible offices and service points. We’ll share more detailed posts about these offices in the coming month, but here’s what we’ve been up to:

  • Special Collections is in the process of moving to the upper mezzanine (up the spiral staircase) near the Government Documents.  This will be a dedicated, more researcher-friendly space than the current location in the technical services/staff office area of the Library.
  • The Interlibrary Loan Office has moved to room 1005N, also near the Government Documents and Special Collections. Don’t worry, you can still pick up & return ILL materials at the Circulation Desk, as always!
  • A new Technology Assistance Office will open this Fall in the former ILL office.  The new office has a service window where the Library Tech Support Coordinator can help you with basic computer and technology questions. It will also house the Library’s Assistive Technology equipment, formerly located in Room 1005A.  For more info about the Technology Assistance Office, see this FAQ and await future blog posts!

Library Summer Interim Hours Aug 1st – 28th

Today is the last day of Summer Session IV. The Library will be closed Saturday August 1st and will be on interim summer hours until August 28th. During this time, Text Us will be available from 9am – 4pm, Monday-Friday.  Reference librarians are available on-call, should you need research help.

See for more. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

End of Summer Hours (August 1 – August 28):

Mondays – Thursdays 8:30am – 4:45pm
Fridays* 8:30am – 4:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays Closed
*Exception: Friday, August 21 (electrical shutdown) Closed

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!

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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 through July 10th.

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