Library Resources for NYS Residents

Describes how non-BU community members can gain access to research databases.

SUNY Schools

SUNY Libraries will generally allow the use of both print and electronic materials on-site to the public. Before you go, be sure to check with the library for any specific policies and procedures.

Find a list of SUNY Libraries here.

Public Libraries

Most public libraries offer some databases and electronic journals, although some in NYS may be limited to the NYS NOVEL Collection. 

In order to check out books or access electronic resources from home, you'll have to have an account with that library or library system.

Some public libraries may also allow you to obtain items through InterLibrary Loan. Check with your local branch for policies and procedures.

To find your local public library, see NOVELNY: Public Libraries in NYS.

Binghamton University Libraries

All databases can be found under the Databases link on the website. Databases marked  are restricted to current BU students, employees, and faculty. Alumni, guest, volunteer, and community users are not given access to subscribed library resources from off-campus. The Libraries' Subject Guides provides additional resources, many of which are freely available.

Community members and alumni can access any BU-only resources by coming into one of the Libraries and asking for Guest Computer Access.

See the appropriate page under Library Services for more information.

New York State Library

NYSL makes its catalogbibliographies, and NYSL Digital Collections available to anyone. In addition, the NOVELNY databases are available to anyone with a NYS Drivers License or NYS Photo ID number.

With a NYSL card, users also can search their electronic databases, which you can browse by subject or browse by name.

NYSL offers two library cards:

New York Public Library

All NYS residents are eligible for a NYPL library card. Although you can apply for the card online, you will have to present the card to one of the NYPL system libraries' in person before accessing their databases from off-site.

For a list of databases available at NYPL, please see Articles & Databases. Once your card is fully active, you will be able to search all databases with a NYPL house icon from anywhere. Resources marked with NYPLglobe, as well as all resources in the NYPL Digital Gallery, are available to anyone, even without a NYPL card.

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