Senior Project Questions?

Now is crunch time for all seniors and graduating masters students working on senior projects, capstone papers, and masters thesis. For questions about formatting, submitting, finding, and how to research your senior project, capstone paper, or master thesis, consult the library’s guide for all things related to student projects:

Here you can get help with:

1. Setup: Steps for setting up a student project page in Moodle including designating first and second readers.

2. Research: Tips for starting the research process

3. Find: Steps for accessing student projects from previous years

4. Format: Steps for formatting a student project for submission to the digital repository

5. Submit: Steps for submitting student projects to the digital repository, including what to do if you are having trouble uploading the pdf of your project.

And as always  use the Library Ask Us page (  for any questions (about senior projects or anything else!)

Congrats to all graduating seniors and graduate students!

Own Your Zone during 24/5!

The Library is open 24/5, which means it can get pretty noisy pretty quickly!  That’s why we need your help to keep the Library comfortable for you and your peers during our extended hours. Use Own Your Zone” cards to self-advocate and reduce noise the library.own your zone

Own Your Zone cards serve as a non-confrontational way to ask your peers to respect the study zones. Library staff regularly enforce the noise policies, but we need the help of the entire campus community to keep the Library a calm, clean, peaceful, and respectful environment for everyone, especially during Finals Week.

Cards are located in plastic holders in the Main Stacks, 2nd Floor, near classroom 0014, and at the Circulation and Reference Desks.

Can’t find an Own Your Zone card?  You can also text a librarian at (914)873-1711.  Tell us your location, and a staff member will come to address the noise issue as soon as possible.  After Text Us hours, or in the event of a delayed reply, please tell a staff member at the Reference or Circulation desk.

To review the Library’s study zones rules and locations, please visit

Best of luck with finals!

Free Tea at the Library! Today May 1st, from 1 – 3pm, 2012 Lounge

Join us for tea in the Library’s 2012 Lounge this afternoon from 1pm to 3pm! In honor of spring, we’re serving iced tea! Come relax or refuel with a selection of decaf and caffeinated teas including: Buddhas Delight, Ginger Peach, Marvelous Mango, Citrus Ginger Mint (decaf), and Berry-licious (decaf).

Feel free to stop by throughout the event to try different teas and take a study break during Finals Countdown. You can stick around and play boardgames in the Lounge or grab your tea and get back to studying!


Faculty / Staff Workshops: All About Mobile Electronics (Hands-On and Informal Discussion), Friday, May 1 @ 12:30

Join us for this informal discussion about all things mobile in this ever expanding tech-centric world. Bring your devices and your questions!


All About Mobile Electronics (Hands-On and Informal Discussion)

When: Friday, May 1, 12:30 – 2:00pm

Where: Library DMZ Lab 1015C

PresenterJohn Sicat

Got that nagging question about your smartphone/tablet/laptop? Confused about the differences between Android, Apple, Blackberry and Windows? Curious about upgrading and what to look for in a device? Have questions about wearable technology (Smart watches/bracelets, smart glasses, virtual reality goggles)? Join us for this informal discussion about all things mobile in this ever expanding tech-centric world. There will be a *very brief* presentation that will be followed by hands on and troubleshooting sessions/Q&A.

Spring Book Sale! Thurs. April 30th and Fri. May 1st, 10am-4pm

The Library invites you to our Spring Book Sale on Thursday April 30th and Friday May 1st 10am to 4pm!  In honor of the season, why not pick up some leisure reading?  A classic novel in paperback?  An art book?  Some light beach reading? Donations that the Library cannot use in our collections go in the book sale and get passed on to you for between $1 and $3 per book. We’re also selling vinyl for $1 each. Stop by the Library on your way to class or to lunch and browse our sale.

This year’s book sale was made possible by the many donations the Library received from faculty, staff, community members, and the Book Store. Thanks to the entire Purchase community for making this happen!

The book sale takes place between 10am and 4pm on Thursday and Friday and will be held on the plaza in front of the Library, weather permitting.  Rain location is inside the Library on the first floor.

Cheese Tasting tonight April 29th 5pm-6:30pm in 2012 Lounge

The Purchase Cheese Club and the Library once again bring you a night of gourmet cheese and pairings as part of Finals Countdown. Stop by the 2012 Lounge on Wednesday April 29th from 5pm to 6:30pm and sample a range of (free!) cheeses from brie to blue.  Learn how pairings like fruit, nuts, marmalade, and honey bring out the flavors of good cheese. Our cheese selection includes  foreign and domestic cheeses with both vegetarian-rennet and non-vegetarian options.  Last December, supplies ran out in 40 minutes, so we’ve stocked up on extra cheese this year. Just make sure you get there on time, while supplies last!

A special thank you to Cheese Club President Megan Wiggers for helping to organize this event!



BYOK! Bring Your Own Knitting at the Library!

knittingAs part of our Finals Countdown events, the Library invites you to our third Knitting Circle on Tuesday, April 28 from 12 – 2pm in the Music Room. Take a break and unwind with this fun and popular craft!  If you are already a knitter, feel free to bring a project to work on.  New to knitting?  Learn the basics from Purchase students and staff who knit. Basic supplies (needles, yarn, patterns, guide books) will be provided, but you’re encouraged to bring your own work-in-progress too!  Light snacks will be provided as well, so stop by the Music Room any time between 12pm and 2pm. All are welcome!

A special thank you to our student-knitters for helping us out!


Button-Making! Tues. 4/28 & Thurs. 4/30 1:30-3:30pm

Button-making is back!  Make or take a pin on Tuesday April 28 and Thurs. April 30th, 1:30pm – 3:30pm, during Finals Countdown at the Library.  You can choose artwork from recycled book jackets, show us your love with a Library Logo button, create your own design, or bring photos and printouts of your own artwork.

You can make small buttons (1.25″) or large ones (2.25″)– so let your imagination go wild.  This year, we have a brand new heavy-duty button-maker for 1.25″ buttons (a very popular size), so we’ll be button-pressing like pros! The limit is 3 buttons per person to make or take. And yes, they are free.

It’s Finals Countdown! Take a study break at the Library, April 27 – May 1

The Library’s Finals Countdown activities can help you relax, de-stress, and power through your end-of-the-year exams and papers. During the last week of classes, you can send a postcard home, play board games with friends, design a button from recycled book jackets, unwind at our knitting circle, or fuel yourself with free iced & teas and a cheese tasting!

We invite you to RSVP to Finals Countdown events on Facebook and share your finals week tweets and/or Instagram photos using the hashtags #finalscountdown and #sunypurchaselib.

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Make a Button!
Design and press your own badges using recycled book covers, print outs, or  your own designs.
Tuesday, April 28
1:30pm – 3:30pmThursday, April 30
1:30pm – 3:30pm
In front of the
Reference Desk
BYOK: Bring Your Own Knitting
Get crafty at our knitting circle. Bring your own project or learn to knit! Basic supplies and knitting books provided.
Tuesday, April 28
12pm – 2pm
Music Collection
(Library first floor)
Cheese Tasting
Snack and explore a selection of delightful cheeses. Co-sponsored by the Cheese Club!
Wednesday, April 29
5pm – 6:30pm
The 2012 Lounge
Tea Time
Refresh yourself with hot & iced tea! Enjoy free decaf or caffeinated options for relaxation or concentration.
Friday, May 1
1pm – 3pm
The 2012 Lounge
Book Sale
Do some retail therapy! Buy books for $1-$3, CDs for $0.25, and vinyl for $1. Made possible by donations from the campus community.
Thursday, April 30
Friday, May 1
10am – 4pm
Plaza in front of LibraryRain Location:
Library First Floor
Send a Postcard!
You write the note; we will cover the postage and put it in the mail.
All week! The 2012 Lounge & DMZ
Board Games & Legos
Chill with friends and play Scrabble, Life, Uno, Chutes & Ladders, Boggle, and other games. Plus Legos!
All week! The 2012 Lounge


24/5 Hours Start Sunday, April 26th

Starting April 26th, the Library is open 24/5 through the rest of the semester. During this period, the Library is open continuously 5 days a week (from Sunday at noon until Friday at midnight), closing at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

24/5 Hours* Begin Sunday April 26th:

Sunday, April 26 — we will open at 12:00pm (noon) and stay open until 12:00am (midnight) Friday, May 1. Open 24 hours
Saturday, May 2 10:00am – 12:00am
Sunday, May 3 — we will open at 12:00pm (noon) and stay open until 12:00am (midnight) Friday, May 8. Open 24 hours
Saturday, May 9 10:00am – 12:00am
Sunday, May 10 — we will open at 12:00pm (noon) and stay open until 11:00pm on Tuesday, May 12. Open 24 hours


Services & Events

  • Text Us will maintain the same hours as the regular semester, ending at 11pm on weeknights. See Text Us hours.
  • The Reference Desk will be have additional hours during finals. It will be staffed from 3pm to 7pm the two last weekends of the semester.
  • Finals Countdown: The Library is holding relaxing study-break events the week before finals (April 27- May 1), including: button-making, postcards, cheese tasting, free tea, knitting, board games, a book sale, and other activities. Look out for an upcoming email with more details!

Important Reminders 

  • Respect Your Purchase!  We ask for your help keeping the Library clean and respecting the Study Zones during the 24/5 finals period. Please be mindful of those studying around you (including on floors below and above) and refrain from holding conversations, group meetings, etc. in the Silent and Quiet areas and hallways outside of classrooms. Group work should take place in Group Study zones only.
  • Is someone being too loud in a Silent or Quiet area? Hand them an Own Your Zone card located in holders throughout the stacks or text a librarian at (914)873-1711!  Help us make the Library a calm and relaxing study space for everyone.
  • Remember to carry your MORE Card with you at all times if you come to the library overnight.
  • Commuters, please be advised there is no overnight parking in Lot W1 from 2:00am to 6:00am
  • When using Library computers, save your work by emailing files to yourself or saving to a USB flash drive–do not save anything to the Desktop/My Documents as public computers are regularly wiped of all files. Lab computers automatically log off if left inactive for 5+ minutes, so if you need to step away, be sure to save your work and log yourself off.
  • Please review the Library’s Policies on guests, food & drink, noise, and cell phones.

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