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About the Library

The Library is made up of three administrative units:

Ø  The Neil Hellman Library (main library)

Ø  The Standish Curriculum Library (located in the Lally School of Education)

Ø  The College Archives & Special Collections (located on the third floor of the Neil Hellman Library) 

The Library has approximately 220,000 volumes, 560 active print journal subscriptions and 3,000 videos in various formats.  

We provide access to approximately 60 online databases that in turn provide access to over 73,000 serials (journals, magazines, newspapers).  In addition we provide access to over 90,000 e-books through five platforms.

All of these print and online resources are “discoverable” through our All-Knight search interface.  This discovery layer is a new functionality that is becoming more common in academic libraries. 

We have a robust interlibrary loan service that runs through OCLC and an ILLiad user interface.  We are a member of several library consortia, including OCLC, Waldo, NYSHEI, and the Capital District Library Council.  Related to interlibrary loan, we offer a Scan4U service, where our users can request a scan of any article we have in our print journal collection.

The library engages in instruction on several levels.  We offer reference service during all 92 hours per week that we are open, and also offer enhanced one-on-one scheduled assistance with our librarians.  Librarians can be reached via our web site, email or text message.  We also conduct library instruction for approximately 100 classes each year.  Faculty arrange for targeted instruction and our librarians teach in the library classroom or visit the faculty’s classroom.

The College Archives has aggressively pursued a digitizing project to make its unique materials more widely accessible.  A visit to the Archives’ website will illustrate the range of projects undertaken.  This includes participation in building the New York Heritage website, creating online exhibits, making oral histories available, and digitizing its unique collections (such as photographs and student newspapers).

The Curriculum Library offers a unique collection of materials that support the College’s teacher training programs.  Its collection includes textbooks, children’s literature, kits and manipulatives, and standardized tests.  It’s location in the Lally School of Education is ideal and insures that it will be a popular destination.