The University Libraries Are Now Online

The University Libraries Are Now Online

Dear Campus Community: 

Although the University Libraries suspended in-person operations last Friday, in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s recent Executive Order, I invite you to visit a completely virtual library with a great number of library resources and services at https://library.albany.edu.

Did you know the University Libraries owns more than 480,000 eBooks? Our search tool lets you explore the entire collection. Additionally, we subscribe to 394 databases across 63 subjects. Our Database Finder allows you to search by discipline for easy access. If we don’t have what you need, the Interlibrary Loan Department will try to find it for you in digital format.

Moving to a remote operation doesn’t mean you’re left alone to navigate information questions; reference librarians are available for all forms of research consultations. Try using our chat feature for help—it’s available 24/7. Our popular PAWS service is also offered virtually, so you can still get one-on-one, in-depth assistance. This is especially handy for larger projects and research papers.

For discipline-specific information, you may also want to contact your Subject Librarian directly, who can help you locate electronic articles, eBooks, videos and other materials to incorporate into your coursework. We have research guides that can also be added into course management systems to help students find databases and other tools.

The Information Literacy Department also has a number of great resources available online, including popular playlists and tutorials. You may find Searching for Information and Resources for Faculty of particular interest. 

At this time, I ask that you refrain from returning materials to the University Libraries. We have suspended recalls and overdue fines; we will address returns after it is safe to resume in-person operations.

For more information, I invite you to visit the dedicated page for our virtual operations. There you will find the latest information regarding library hours, policy adjustments and all services available for remote learning.

I understand we find ourselves in difficult and uncertain circumstances. While we may not be able to serve you in-person at this time, the University Libraries remain a pillar of support for your academic journey.

I look forward to the day when the Libraries bustle again with activity, excitement and insight. Until then, I wish you good health and a successful remainder of the semester.


Warm Regards, 

Rebecca L. Mugridge

Dean of  Libraries