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Resources to Help You

Our buildings are closed until further notice, but our online services continue. 

Like other parts of the campus, the Libraries plans to resume onsite work when permitted. Libraries’ leadership anticipates that some limited services tied to physical collections will resume in early June, although timing is dependent upon University, county, and state guidelines.

Initial services will likely include electronic scanning of articles and book chapters for items currently available in the Libraries’ physical collections, as well as curb-side pick-up of books in the Libraries’ physical circulating collections. The Libraries will provide notification once these services are available.

If you have a question not addressed here, please feel free to contact Libraries staff via chat, text 315.464.0744, email  libref@syr.edu, or phone 315.443.4083.

Borrowed Items & Interlibrary Loan 

  • The Libraries has automatically renewed all items until September 4, 2020. You will not receive a fine, block or hold for overdue books or Interlibrary Loan items due before this time.
  • Books, including ILL items, may be returned at the book drop box outside of Bird Library or Carnegie Library; or you can bring them back when you return to campus.
  • If you have library items checked out but do not plan to return to Syracuse in the fall, please email circhelp@syr.edu
  • Interlibrary loan remains available for anything that can be borrowed electronically. However, because most other libraries are also working remotely with no access to print collections (or scanning), and because not all libraries will resume services simultaneously, it is likely that interlibrary loan for items that are not available digitally will be interrupted for the foreseeable future.

Online Collections

  • The Libraries continues to offer a wide range of online and phone reference services, library staff are working with students and faculty on an array of research and teaching needs, and we continue to provide access to our extensive online collections. 
  • Millions of items are available in our online collections. You can search through Summon.
  • For direct links to our online curated databases, visit:
  • Additional temporary access to several licensed e-resources that are not in Summon are listed on our Free or Expanded Online Resources Guide.
  • Should you experience an issue with online resources, please complete the form at Report an Electronic Resource Issue.
Liaison Librarians

Research Guides

Special Collections Research Center
  • If you have any questions relating to the collections and services for Special Collections Research Center (including the University Archives and Belfer Audio Archive) contact scrc@syr.edu.
  • The University Archives is actively working to document the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Syracuse University. They are seeking to collect and preserve the personal responses of University students, faculty, and staff and are reaching out to the University community for contributions. To learn more about the project and donate digital materials, the campus community is invited to visit the University Archives’ COVID-19 project page. The University Archives is accepting journal and diary entries, emails, photographs, videos, audio recordings, social media posts, and other digital documentation. Materials should document remote learning and work, displacement from student housing, social distancing, self-quarantine, and/or the overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on donors.

SUNY-ESF Students and Faculty

  • Due to licensing restrictions, SU Libraries cannot provide remote access to ESF students and faculty. However, SUNY-ESF students have full access to Moon Library’s e-resources.

To Email for Specific Requests: