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What We Do

We have many services to make your library experience both helpful and memorable. We can help you by checking out your books, giving assistance with technology, advising you on research questions, or ordering books or articles from other libraries. If you need help, please ask any of the faculty and staff at the library.


Student Reading


You can borrow most of the books and other items found in the library, and the library has a generous loan period for students, faculty and community members. Your teachers and faculty may put readings and other items on reserve and these can be borrowed according to the time limits set by the faculty. Items are borrowed and returned at the The Help Center. Fines are charged for late and damaged items - but don't forget you can renew most books online through the "Login" link in the catalog.

Research Help

Sometimes it can be tough to know where to start when researching a topic, or where to find information, or what type of material will be best for your research (should I use a book? a newspaper?  a database?  microfilm?). The Research Help desk, located in the main lobby next to the Help Center, is staffed by librarians who can help you find the information you need. Librarians also serve as liaisons to academic departments, which means that they specialize in the collections and work of those academic subjects.  Students can make one-on-one research appointments with their department liaisons as needed.  We're here to help!  Even when the desk isn't open, a 24/7 chat service is available.

Interlibrary Loan

If our library doesn’t have what you need, it is likely that the item can be borrowed from another library. For further information on this service, see our Interlibrary Loan FAQs.


The librarians offer sessions on database use, tours and other classes as requested by faculty.

More About Instruction

Community Borrowers

Individuals living near SUNY Cortland may be eligible for a card allowing books to be checked out. Please see our borrowing policy for more information. Our online catalog will allow you to see what books we have. Contact the library via email at to check your account, renew books and see any fines charged.

Checking Out Books from Other SUNY Libraries

As a member of the SUNY Cortland community, you can walk in and borrow books from other SUNY campuses, but the items must be returned by the patron to the location they were borrowed from.


Technology Support

Using technology is important in the life of students and faculty and we are dedicated to providing the help you need to work with the various technologies available on campus and in the library. Please be sure to ask at the The Help Center for help when you need it.

Blackboard Support

Many of the classes at SUNY Cortland are enhanced by using a course management system. SUNY Cortland uses Blackboard Learn 9.1. eLearning can range from a course being offered completely online to having supplemental class materials posted in an online version. Faculty building courses or an online presence can get help at Design Help located in Memorial Library.

Production and Faculty Support

Students in the classroom and disciplines often demand multiple modes of teaching including the use of technology.  Design Help provides strong offerings of support to faculty in the development of courses using technology and instructional design.