Library Resources and Services FAQs
The following locations are open. Masks are required and some spaces have been modified to accommodate social distancing.
Central Reading Room (Melville Library)
North Reading Room (Melville Library)
Health Sciences Library (East Campus)
Southampton Library (Southampton Campus).
Please check our website for hours of operation.
Use the "Ask Us' button on library web pages to chat with a librarian about research.
You can also email questions to:
firstname.lastname@example.org (for Health Sciences librarians)
You can also contact a specific library liaison to schedule a Zoom consultation.
For additional information, please see the Ask a Librarian page at https://library.stonybrook.edu/research/ask-a-librarian .
While our physical library collections remain closed to in-person browsing, library
staff will retrieve materials requested by patrons for pickup at either the North
Reading Room, Health Science Library, or Southampton.
Instructions for requesting physical materials from our circulating collections:
- Sign in to your personal account through the Libraries' Search Catalog (see image below).
- Search for the materials you’d like to request.
- Once you click on an item’s location, (i.e. “Available at Main Library Stacks”), click on Request For Pickup and then Send Request.
- Once your items are ready, you will receive an email to pick them up at your requested location.
When picking up your materials, please remember to bring your SBU ID and a mask. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
Yes. Log in to My Library account to renew borrowed materials and also see your outstanding requests.
Books can be returned in person at any library location. There are also book drops at the entrance of the Melville Library near the commuter lounge and at the Health Sciences Library to the right side of the entrance. Book drops on campus are open 24/7. Alternatively, you can drop SBU books off at any SUNY institution near you if they are accepting material.
You can also mail books to the address below.
Stony Brook University Libraries
Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library
Attn: Circulation Accounts
100 Nicolls Road, S-3410
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3339
We are offering limited interlibrary loan services for physical books. Our ability to fill your requests depends on lending libraries' current policies, due to COVID. The request form is here . Please note that electronic delivery of articles is still available.
There is printing available in the Central and North Reading Rooms on the first floor of Melville Library. There is also printing available at the Health Science Library. Please check online for the latest library hours .
All library electronic resources are available. If accessing from off campus, you will need to log-in with your NetID and password for full access.
- Replacement cost of $1,000 for lost or stolen laptop, plus a processing fee of $20
- Replacement cost of $50 for lost, stolen, or damaged power adapter or laptop sleeve, plus a processing feel of $20
- Late fines:
- $20/day up to $60 (three days); thereafter charge is for lost laptop ($1,000)
Charge for damages (repairs) is up to $1,000, based on cost for replacement part(s)
Student patrons must abide by SBU’s Appropriate Use of Information Technology – Policy 109
Laptop loan is a privilege and can be revoked if abused
The library can provide both synchronous and asynchronous instruction for online classes. You can find more information, as well as a request form, at https://library.stonybrook.edu/instruction/ .
The library offers online workshops and events through Zoom. Registration is required. You can view the calendar and sign up at https://library.stonybrook.edu/library-events/
The University has installed hand sanitizer dispensers at the entrances of our high traffic service locations, such as Central Reading Room, North Reading Room, Health Sciences Library, and more. We also have additional cleaning supplies for use. Custodial staff has increased servicing of high touch surfaces, such as tabletops and door handles.
At this time, patrons are not able to use the microfilm reader. If you know what you are looking for and it can be scanned, you can submit a request through ILLiad . You can also borrow the microfilm to bring to a library that has a microfilm reader available. https://portal.suffolklibrarysystem.org/library-information/library-directory
Once you have established your library account as an alum (contact the Alumni Association and then come into the Library to set up your account), you may request material in our collection by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Alumni may have up to 10 items checked out at a time. More information is found here .
Faculty and students from other SUNY locations can come in person to borrow from the SBU Libraries’ collection. However, because the stacks are currently closed, please email email@example.com prior to your visit to confirm your borrowing privileges and to submit your request for items to be put on hold for you.