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Free Online Resources

Find Libraries

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.

  • WorldCat

    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.

  • Subject Guide: Other Library Catalogs and Websites

    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.

Find Online Books

Below are just some of the websites offering free online books to read and download.

Find Articles

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.)

General Resources

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
    A "one stop shop" for thousands of scientific and scholarly journals, the DOAJ provides free and open access to peer-reviewed articles across a variety of subject areas and languages.
  • Internet Public Library (IPL)
    The IPL is a gateway to collection of online resources, including websites on a variety of subject areas and links to online periodicals.
  • Google Scholar
    Still in beta, Google Scholar offers access or partial browsing of many scholarly articles.

Subject-Specific Resources

    An offering of the National Agricultural Library from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, AGRICOLA is a database covering publications on subject areas such as the animal sciences, forestry, farming, food and nutrition, and many other allied disciplines.
  • Chronicling America
    Chronicling America, provided by the Library of Congress, contains digitized historical newspapers (1836-1922) in a searchable and browsable interface.
  • ERIC
    Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, ERIC covers journal articles and literature focused on education-related research.
  • MedlinePlus
    MedlinePlus, maintained by the National Library of Medicine, features current information on a variety of health topics, including conditions and diseases, medical treatments, and clinical trials.  Also included are illustrations and video supplements.
  • PubMed Central
    A service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine, PubMed Central provides access to full-text journal articles on biomedical and life sciences research.

Other Reference Resources

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