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Library Blog is Moving to Tumblr!

Come tumble with us!  As of November 2nd, 2015, the Purchase College Library blog is moving to Tumblr at

From now on, all the Library’s latest events, new services, collections highlights, and news announcements will be made on Tumblr. Come follow at or use the hashtag #sunypurchaselib to find out what’s new at the Library!

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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, Purchase Free 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.

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

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.

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, Saturday, March 7th, 11am-5pm

Be a part of Purchase College Library’s Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon and bridge the gender gap on Wikipedia!

Join us for communal updating and creation of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art, feminism, and gender studies.

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Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate; suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender  socialization shapes public comportment, and the sometimes contentious nature of Wikipedia’s talk pages. The practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.

What can you do?  Help address this absence at Purchase College Library’s Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon!

All the details:

  • Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015, 11am – 5pm. Join us for as little or as long as you like.
  • Venue: DMZ Lab 1015B, Purchase College Library
  • Participants: The event is open to anyone who wishes to attend. No Wikipedia editing experience necessary. Training will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers.
  • RSVP by signing your Wikipedia username here or going to our Facebook event page! If you are unfamiliar with Wikipedia, you might try this training module which will help explain some of the basics of Wikipedia, including how to add your signature to a Wikipedia page.
  • What to Bring: Computers (Macs) are available in the computer lab, though attendees are invited to bring their own laptops (and power cords).
  • ResourcesCreate your Wikipedia accountstudent training moduleWikipedia CheatSheet
  • Hashtag: #ArtAndFeminism

Light refreshments will be provided.

Over 70 satellite edit-a-thons will take place across 11 countries over International Women’s Day Weekend, March 6-8, 2015. Be a part of history, affect change, and represent Purchase College at our edit-a-thon. We hope to see you there!

Organized by Kim Detterbeck, Art Librarian, and Marie Sciangula, Assistant Director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center.


Library Open 10:30 am – 11:00 pm on Mon., Feb. 2

Due to the weather, the Library will open at 10:30 am and close at 11:00 pm on Monday, February 2. If conditions change, these hours may change. Please stay warm and safe.

Due to Weather, Library Will Close at 11 pm on Sunday, 2/1

The Library will close at 11:00 pm on Sunday, Feb. 1, due to the anticipated bad weather. Please stay warm and safe.

Library Resumes Normal Hours on Wed., 1/21

Welcome back! On Tues., 1/20 the Library is open from 8:30 am – 4:45 pm. We resume our normal hours on Wed. 1/21. That means we’ll be open:

  • Mon – Thurs: 8:00 am – 2:00 am
  • Fri: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Sat: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Sun: 12:00 pm – 2:00 am

For full hours, see the Library’s Hours page.