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Resources to Help You

Spring Semester from February 6 - May 21, 2021:

Bird Library

  • Building hours: open Mondays through Thursdays from 7:45 a.m. to midnight; Fridays 7:45 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays noon to 10 p.m and Sundays noon to midnight.
  • Faculty, staff, and students with a valid Syracuse University or SUNY-ESF ID will be able to enter the building.

Carnegie Library

  • Building hours:open Mondays through Thursdays from 7:45 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fridays 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and Sundays noon to 8 p.m.
  • Building access limited to people with a valid Syracuse University or SUNY-ESF ID.

King+King Architecture Library in Slocum Hall

  • Library hours: Open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays noon to 6 p.m and Sundays noon to 6 p.m.
  • Building access limited to people with a valid Syracuse University or SUNY-ESF ID.

Virtual Services

  • Reference remote support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via chat.
  • Reference staff are also available to provide remote support via text 315.464.0744, email, or phone 315.443.4083, from:
    • Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 12 midnight
    • Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Saturday 12 noon to 6 p.m.
    • Sunday 12 noon to 12 midnight
  • You may also contact the liaison librarians to make a virtual consultation appointment.
  • For Special Collections Research Center services, email

Circulation Services

You can recieve items from the Libraries' physical collections in a variety of ways.

  • Retrieve and checkout the item at the checkout desk in either Bird or Carnegie Library.
  • Retrieve and checkout the item using the self check machines located in Bird Library on the 1st floor and 3rd floor.
  • Request an item and have it held at your preferred library (Bird, Carnegie or King+King).
  • Request a contactless pickup appointment to receive your item(s).
  • Request UPS delivery of item(s). This service is not available to students living on campus.
  1. To start any of these requests, find the item in our catalog. Once the item is identified, select “Request this item.”
  2. Complete the form then Submit Request. You will receive a confirmation email that your request is being processed.
  3. Once the item is available, you will receive another email explaining the available options to receive the item(s).

Alumni with requests should email

Scanning and Electronic Delivery of Journal Articles or Book Chapters

Anyone with a valid SU or SUNY-ESF ID can request a digital copy of journal articles or book chapters from our physical collections at Bird Library, Carnegie Library, or King+King Architecture Library. 

To request a digital copy of an item:

  1. Requests for scans of printed materials can be made by logging into SU Libraries’ Interlibrary Loan.
  2. On the left side of the page, select “New Request” then “Article or Book Chapter.”
  3. Complete the form then Submit Request. Note that copyright law limits how much we can copy in some circumstances.
  4. Once the item is scanned, it will be electronically delivered to you.
  5. Items may take 2-3 days for electronic delivery.

Borrowed Items & Interlibrary Loan 

  • Books, including Interlibrary Loan items, may be returned inside any of the libraries or at the book drop box outside of Bird Library or Carnegie Library.
  • Borrowed technology equipment can be returned inside Bird or Carnegie Library; please call to make alternate arrangements at 315.443.5727.
  • The Libraries is not currently providing departmental delivery, so please return books to any library and request items using the options noted above.
  • If you have items to return but do not plan to be in Syracuse, please email to make alternate arrangements. 
  • Interlibrary loan remains available for both physical and electronic items. Books and other physical items may take a bit longer than normal to arrive. 

Course Reserves

The Libraries will attempt to purchase electronic copies of requested books if they are available, but there are sometimes restrictions for libraries to obtain them. Electronic reserves materials ensure that all students, on and off campus, can access these materials easily and safely. All course reserve requests should be submitted through the Libraries' reserves system.

Online Collections

Liaison Librarians

Special Collections Research Center

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:

The safety of our campus community is our highest priority. Library staff is following public health guidelines from the University, New York State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which includes sanitizing and disinfecting borrowed materials.