Find a library near you. Many public libraries offer access to databases, electronic articles, interlibrary loan services, and other materials similar to those at SU. Some may even let you use your library card to log on to their electronic resources outside of the library itself.
Also, similar to SU, many college libraries allow members of the community to access their resources on-site; check with the library to inquire about their visitor policies.
The world's largest library catalog, WorldCat can help you to locate books, journals, music, movies, and more at libraries globally.
Search for libraries (including public, state, law, and college libraries) throughout the U.S.
View our own subject guide to find other libraries and resources throughout Syracuse, New York State, and beyond.
Alumni who have completed a degree program at Syracuse University, University College, or SUNY-ESF are eligible to obtain a free Guest Borrower card to check out materials from the Libraries for 28 days. Note that there are some restrictions; alumni can have 20 items checked out at a time, and can renew these items up to 5 times. We regret that we are not able to offer interlibrary loan service to alumni.
For more information on our alumni loan policies, please check our Borrowing Privileges and Computer Access web page.
Below are just some of the websites offering free online books to read and download.
Offers the full-text of many English and American literary classics.
Contains thousands of free eBooks now in the public domain.
Features over a million free online books, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
Provides many complete books, and limited previews of others.
Though remote access to our databases is only available to current students, there are still plenty of publicly available resources that you can use. Listed below are some recommended resources that are free to the public.
(Note that alumni can still access our many databases and electronic resources when using an on-campus computer by registering at the Bird Library circulation desk to obtain a computer key to use. For more information on logging on to our library computers, please check our Visitor Guide.)
Includes word definitions and synonyms.
Identifies the words that make up acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms.
Offers links to online language dictionaries and translators.
Archives a number of digitized items, including multimedia, public domain books, and older versions of websites.