Category Archives: Services

CTS systems maintenance may affect library website, printing on Sun. 10/11 7pm-11pm

On Sunday Oct. 11th from 7pm to 11pm, CTS will perform maintenance on all campus systems including email, Moodle, and web servers. Internet access will remain available throughout the maintenance window, however access to all campus-based services will be interrupted.

During this time, it is possible that the Library website may not be available. It is also possible that the print servers may be affected and printing may be temporarily disabled or may take longer to come back on line.  Please plan to print your documents accordingly before 7pm or after 11pm.

According to CTS: “High-utilization services (such as Email, Moodle, and Web servers) will be the last to be shut down, and the first to be brought back online. Some Wi-Fi devices may also suffer brief interruptions.”


Luckily, there are additional ways to access library resources, without going to the Library homepage. These resources are not hosted on the campus servers and should remain available during the maintenance window, as long as you have Internet access:

  • Catalog:  Access the Catalog at Links to Worldcat and the Local Catalog are on the righthand column of this page.
  • Databases:  Go directly to the alphabetical Databases List at or use a Research By Subject Guide appropriate to your topic.
    • Pro tip:  If you are using a computer on campus and a database fails to open when you click on it, there’s a work-around! Copy/drag the link into a new browser window and delete the ezprozy prefix from the front of the URL, everything before the second http. Delete this part: “”   (This does not work if you are off campus.)
    • If none of the Library’s databases are working, try Google Scholar at  Remember to save any useful citations so you can use the Library’s Citation Lookup feature later on to get the full text of the article for free.
  • FAQs: For general questions about library services, you can search our FAQs even if the library homepage is down. Just go here:
  • Get Updates: Check the Library’s Facebook and Twitter for updates about outages and restoration of access.

For more help, see this FAQ for work-arounds to accessing library resources:




Looking For Textbooks? Library Reserves Can Help!

Still waiting for your textbook to arrive from Amazon?  Is the bookstore sold out of the book you need?  Don’t despair!  Your textbook may be on Course Reserve at the Library!

Professors can choose to place textbooks on Reserve at the Library so that the whole class can share them.  Students can check out a Reserve book for up to 3 hours at a time.  That’s plenty of time to read your chapter for tomorrow’s class or make a scan of your reading assignment!  We also have DVDs on Reserve, which you can check out for 4 hours at a time and watched in the Library!

To see if your book is on Reserve, you can look up the book by title or author in the Library Catalog


You can see a list of items on Reserve for each of your classes in Moodle.  Here’s how:

1.  Log into Moodle and choose your class from the Categorized Course List.

2.  Look for the “Library Reserves” block in the right column. It looks something like this:


3.  Click on the title of the book or DVD you’d like to check out, and write down the entire CALL NUMBER.  Call numbers look like this:


4.  Bring the call number to the Circulation Desk and ask to check out the item!


KEEP IN MIND: The Library does not own copies of every textbook for every class. For more about Reserves, see our FAQ on Library Reserves.

Are you a faculty member who wants to place an item on Reserve?  Check out our guide on how to place Reserves Requests via Moodle.

If you have questions about Reserves or need help finding a book (any book!), come talk with a librarian at the Reference Desk.  You can also email, text, or chat with a librarian.

Get help from the new Technology Assistance Office!

The Library has a brand new Technology Assistance Office! Located near the Reference Desk on the first floor, the Technology Assistance Office (TAO) is a customer service point where you can get help with basic technological questions and troubleshooting. This office also houses assistive technology designed to help students with visual, hearing, and/or learning disabilities. For a complete list of software, equipment, and accessibility tips, please see the Assistive Technology guide.

The TAO is staffed by the very friendly Gerry Martelly, the Library Technology Support Coordinator, who serves as a go-between for the Library and CTS. Gerry can help you with basic computer, printing, and scanning questions.

(For complex tech questions, advanced troubleshooting, password/account resets, print reimbursement requests, or questions about advanced software programs, please contact the CTS Helpdesk.)

image of window and door for technology assistance office

The TAO service window is staffed Monday-Friday throughout the semester, during the hours listed below.  The assistive technology housed in the TAO is accessible whenever the Library is open, even when the service window is not staffed.

 Monday 10:00 am—12:30pm

1:30 am—3:00pm

 Tuesday 12:00pm—2:00pm
 Wednesday 10:00 am—12:30pm

1:30 am—3:00pm

 Thursday 10:00 am—12:30pm

1:30 am—3:00pm

  Friday 12:00pm-2:00pm

*Looking for the Interlibrary Loan Office?  ILL has moved to the back of the first floor, near Special Collections and Government Documents, Room 1005N.

Welcome Back to the Library! Come See What’s New!

Over summer break, the Purchase College Library has been busy making improvements to our collections and offices!  You might have noticed our fabulous new signage over the Film Collection, Popular Reading Collection, Graphic Novels/Manga and a number of new offices.  Several service points and offices have been moved to better serve the campus community!

Save the Date:

We have some exciting events planned for this semester, including:

  • Reading and talk by writer and translator Lydia Davis on Thurs. September 24th.
  • Our first-ever Library Open House on Wed. September 30th from 4pm to 10pm.  The Library will offer a series of fun, engaging activities in a party-like atmosphere—yes, there will be free food—to help Purchase students get to know our collections and services better. This event is part of a curricular tie-in with Freshman Seminar, but everyone is welcome to attend! Keep an eye out for future emails! For details, please check this page:

New Offices & Services:

  • The Interlibrary Loan Office (ILL) has moved to Room 1005N, near the Special Collections and Government Documents area in the back of the first floor.  As always, you can still pick up and return your interlibrary loan materials at the Circulation Desk.  Need help with ILL? Email or call 914-251-6428.
  • Special Collections/Archives is moving to the upper mezzanine above the Government Documents area, a space that will better house rare items in our collection and be more accessible to the public. (This space was recently vacated by the Meserve Kunhardt Foundation, which has since unified their archival photography collections under one roof at 48 Wheeler Ave, Pleasantville, NY 10570).
  • A new Technology Assistance Office (TAO) has been created near the Reference Desk (in the former location of ILL).  This office includes access to the Library’s assistive technology equipment and a service window where Library users can get help with basic computing, printing, and scanning questions. For more about the TAO, including service hours, please see this FAQ.
  • Text Us is now available longer hours!  You can text a librarian at 914-873-1711 until 1:00am Sundays-Thursdays, until 9am on Fridays, and 7pm on Saturdays! That’s 16 extra service hours per week!
  • We have a brand new Microfilm Reader & Scanner! Located in the Music Collection, this high-tech device can be used not only to view microfilm and microfiche but to copy, scan, save, and email images. You no longer have to let access issues discourage you from finding and sharing valuable information from historical newspapers and scholarly journals on microfilm!

New Personnel:

In addition, the Library would like to welcome several new employees to our team. Thanks to these folks, the Library is able to offer improved, more continuous, services during our late-night and weekend hours (including longer Text Us hours) and staff the new Tech. Assistance Office.  Join us in welcoming these new additions!

  • Latoya Rosario, Late-Night Circulation Supervisor
  • Gerry Martelly, Library Technology Support Coordinator

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!

Midterms Questions? Ask Us, Text Us, Chat with Us

Midterm research getting you down?  Just ask your friendly neighborhood librarian! During midterms, librarians are here to help answer all your questions about the research process and citation.

There’s lots of ways to ask us questions:

  • Ask us in person:  Reference Librarians are available Monday-Thursday 10am to 7pm and Friday 10am to 4pm. Just drop by and say hi! (Note: we are available “on call” during spring break. Just let the Circulation staff know you need research help!)
  • Text us:  Text your question to 914-873-1711 and a Purchase librarian or circulation supervisor will respond within 10 minutes during regular service hours.
  • Chat with us:  Use our Ask Us 24/7 IM service to chat with a librarian.  Librarians from Purchase College as well as other university libraries nationwide staff Ask Us 24/7– even when our Library is closed!

Prefer to teach yourself? Help us, help you!

  • Search our FAQs:  Browse these Library FAQs for helpful research tips and frequently asked questions about library services.
  • Watch Library Tutorials:  Learn about research techniques, using article databases, finding books, and determining whether a source is scholarly from video tutorials on the Library’s YouTube channel:
  • Watch Atomic Learning Tutorials:  Atomic Learning has hundreds of super-short videos on specific software programs (such as SPSS, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut, etc.) and on citing in APA, MLA, and Chicago styles. Log in to Atomic Learning at and search for videos!


a librarian helping a patron

Ask your friendly neighborhood Librarian

eJournals List and Find It @ Purchase Button not available on 3/14

On Saturday, March 14, 2015, the following services will be unavailable due to system updates from the vendor:

  • The eJournals by Title list
  • The Find It @ Purchase button within all of the databases    findit_purchase

The service window is scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM and you will be unable to access these services until the update is complete and full service resumes. We anticipate resuming full service by 9:00 PM.

All of the library’s databases will be available for the duration of the updates. Please contact us with any questions or if you would like assistance in finding electronic resources.


Start your semester right with library reserves, student projects spaces, video tutorials and more!

As we begin the semester, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of these 5 Fabulous Library Services: Course Reserves, Student Projects Moodle Spaces, Atomic Learning video tutorials, Own Your Zone cards, and Ask a Librarian!


1. Library Reserves

Looking for textbooks? Check the Library Reserves block in your Moodle course to see if your professor has placed your required textbooks on physical reserve at the Library. Just bring the Call Number to the Circulation Desk to check out a reserve item. Most reserve items can be checked out for 3 hours and used in-house.  This gives you plenty of time to read or scan an assigned chapter!  (Note that the Library does not have physical copies of articles on reserve. Articles, ebooks, and other online readings can be found as files or links in your Moodle course.)

2. Student Project Moodle Spaces

Graduating in May? Now is the perfect time to set up your Student Project Space in Moodle! All you need to know about accessing, setting up, and using Student Project Moodle spaces can be found on the Student Projects Guide: Don’t forget to invite your first and second readers to your project space ASAP.  You and your readers can use these spaces to share readings, drafts, timelines, and resources throughout the research and writing process. And, of course, this is also where you’ll submit your final senior project, capstone, or Masters thesis to the Library’s online archive.


3. Atomic Learning Video Tutorials

Check out these short (2 minutes or less) video tutorials from Atomic Learning, an online platform that provides access to thousands of video tutorials covering software applications such as Microsoft Office, Moodle, Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, SPSS, and more. The tutorials also cover non-technical training needs, such as citation styles, plagiarism prevention, study skills, and career tips. Log in to watch Atomic Learning Videos now!

4. Own Your Zone

When you’re in the Library, please choose the Study Zone (Group, Quiet, or Silent) that’s best suited to your study habits and the work you’re doing. To maintain quiet, respectful spaces for everyone, we ask that you use headphones when listening to music or films and avoid holding group work or conversations in the Silent and Quiet Zones. Is someone being too noisy? Hand them an Own Your Zone Card, found at the Reference & Circulation Desks and in the lower and upper levels.


5. Ask a Librarian!

There’s lots of ways to get help! You can Text Us at 914-873-1711 or IM a librarian 24/7 using Ask Us Chat. Prefer email? You can email your questions to or see if we’ve already answered your question by searching our FAQs.


Don’t Leave Your Stuff Unattended

Unattended belongings attract thieves. Please do not leave any valuables unattended in the library, for any period of time. This includes: backpacks, laptops, tablets, wallets, purses, USB drives, textbooks, and phones.

It may seem like you’ll only be gone for a minute, but one minute is all that it takes for someone to walk off with your stuff.



This has been a public service announcement from your College Library. You may now return to your studies.