Introduce yourself to our collections at the Library Open House, Sept 30th, 4-10pm

(Re) Introduce yourself to the Library’s collections at our first-ever Library Open House on Wednesday, September 30th.

Stop by any time between 4pm and 10pm and join us for fun interactive activities, free food, and arts & crafts. For full details see

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This is your chance to explore hidden treasures from the Library, including: CDs, Artist Books, Graphic Novels, Popular Reading, Films and more. You can even sign up for a public library card with the Westchester Library System (WLS) to gain access to even more amazing resources; just bring your More Card plus any state-issued ID card!

Save the date! We’ll see you there!

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New databases and electronic resources!

We like to keep our content fresh, whether on the shelf or online! Check out the following new databases and e-resources from the Library and TLTC. Enhance your online or hybrid classes! Enhance your research!

  • The TLTC has added Blackboard Collaborate to Moodle. This web-conferencing software allows instructors to conduct hybrid or online classes over video conferencing and has many other potential uses.
  • The Library has subscribed to additional databases and e-resources for the 2015-2016 academic year,  including:

These and more can be found on the Databases by Title page on the Library website. Also see a list of databases on trial!

Social Science Data for Analysis and Teaching Available via ICPSR!

Are you interested in determining the average age at which men versus women begin smoking? What if you need to know whether age at marriage differs between your region of the country and other regions, or about differences in political attitudes based on age, gender, education, race, or ethnicity? These and countless other questions can be answered by studies in the ICPSR data holdings. ICPSR data cover topics from sociology, political science, economics, demography, education, child care, health care, crime, minority populations, aging, terrorism, substance abuse, mental health, public policy, and international relations.

ICPSR is the world’s largest collection of digital social science data. These data can be used for secondary research, instructional activities, and to write articles, papers or theses.

All Purchase College staff, students, and faculty have access to the extensive ICPSR data holdings. ICPSR is linked from the Library’s Databases page.


New Database Trials

The following databases are currently available for a limited time as we consider adding them to the collection.

Drama Online

Drama Online

Drama Online
Drama Online introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides. The constantly growing collection meets the full range of teaching needs for theatre studies, literature courses and drama schools. From the epic to the monologue; ensemble to one-person plays; comedy to tragedy; the historical to the contemporary; and from the highly political to the profoundly personal, there is plenty to discover. Unique Play Tools with Character Grids, Words and Speech graphs and Part Books offer a new way to engage with plays for close study or for performance. [Trial ends November 2.] 

Electronic Arts Intermix

Electronic Arts Intermix

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
The EAI collection spans the mid-1960s to the present, and is recognized as one of the most comprehensive video art collections in the world. The works in the collection range from seminal videos by pioneering figures — such as Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman, Martha Rosler and Joan Jonas — to new digital works by emerging artists, including Seth Price, Paper Rad, Cory Arcangel and Takeshi Murata. [Trial ends October 1.]

Material ConneXion

Material ConneXion

Material ConneXion
Material ConneXion maintains the world’s largest subscription-based materials library with more than 7,500 innovative materials and processes across all disciplines of design — an indispensable asset to a wide audience of users. The database offers comprehensive information on each of the materials in the Materials Library. Offers unlimited access to images, detailed material descriptions, usage characteristics, and manufacturer and distributor contact information, all written and compiled by material specialists. Learn more about the Material ConneXion Database [Trial ends October 2.]

The New York Review of Books

The New York Review of Books

The New York Review of Books

A semi-monthly magazine with articles on literature, culture, economics, science and current affairs. It is inspired by the idea that the discussion of important books is an indispensable literary activity. [Trial ends September 20.]


If you have feedback about these trials, or want a trial of another database, contact the Digital Services Librarian. Want more databases? See our alphabetical list, or consult a subject guide.

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.

Labor Day Weekend Hours

The Library will be open during the following hours on Labor Day weekend:

Friday, September 4th:  8:00am – 6:00pm 

Saturday, September 5th:  12:00pm – 6:00pm

Sunday, September 6th:  12:00pm – 2:00am

Monday, September 7th (Labor Day): 6:00pm – 2:00am (open in the evening only)

Please see the hours page on the Library website for more information. Note: Text Us is not available when the Library is Closed. For help from a librarian, use the Ask Us 24/7 Chat service or email us at and we’ll get back to you!

Happy Labor Day!

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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.)

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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

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, 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.