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Milne Library Summer 2021 Online Library Guide

The James M. Milne Library is committed to providing library resources, services and research spaces to our students, faculty and staff for Summer 2021. Changes to regular library services and operations have been done in the scope of creating a healthy environment that minimizes risks of COVID-19 exposure and transmission. For details on what the Library is doing to help keep you safe visit

Library visitors are expected to adhere to all College guidelines and policies. Protecting the health and safety of library visitors and staff is chief among our guiding principles.  In order to reduce social density and building occupancy, access into the library will be by card-access only using campus ID for all SUNY Oneonta students, faculty, and staff. 



Getting Help

Do you want to check out a book? Speak to a librarian? Learn about library hours or services?  Visit our virtual Library Help service to get real-time online help and support.  Whether you are in the library or online, Library Help is your best bet for getting immediate support with any library question. In order to minimize in person transactions and serve our entire SUNY Oneonta community, Library Help is available online during regular library hours.  Limited mask-to-mask walk-in reference service is also available.  After hours and anytime, the ever-expanding Library Help FAQ knowledge base has answers to a broad array of questions plus the opportunity to submit your own question.  Visit Library Help at


Summer Hours

Beginning May 17, 2021 

Monday – Friday 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM 

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed

For more details visit


Visiting the Library (beginning February 1, 2021)

Library visitors are expected to adhere to all College guidelines and policies. Protecting the health and safety of library visitors and staff is chief among our guiding principles.  In order to reduce social density and building occupancy, access into the library will be by card-access only using campus ID for all SUNY Oneonta students, faculty, and staff. 

While in the Library, you must: 

  • Wear a face covering or mask that covers both nose and mouth at all times; 

  • Follow social distancing practices by staying at least 6 feet apart from other people at all times; 

  • Obey all signage, including floor decals for distancing and elevator capacity;  

  • Practice personal hygiene (i.e., washing hands frequently); and 

  • Comply with library staff requests to adhere to all College guidelines and policies. 

Food and drink There will be no eating allowed in the library until further notice; only drinks in covered containers will be allowed. This helps ensure that visitors adhere to the SUNY policy of wearing a face covering or mask: "Face coverings (masks) must be worn by all members of the campus community at all times, including in classrooms, conference rooms and other spaces, even when six-feet social distancing exists.” 

Meetings and appointments In order to reduce social density and building occupancy, we encourage virtual meetings and appointments with librarians and staff whenever possible. For details visit 


Study Spaces (beginning February 1, 2021)

A variety of study zones and spaces are available throughout the Library. To facilitate social distancing, the Library has reduced by half the overall number of available seats and placed remaining seating at least six feet apart. Please do not move the furniture for the safety of you and those around you. 

Study rooms will be limited to 1-2 students depending on the size of the room. To reserve a room visit  

Faculty Carrels for single occupants; to learn more and submit your application visit  Applications will be accepted beginning February 8, 2021.


Collections (beginning June 1, 2021)

Library Discovery Service The Library has extensive online, book, and other material collections to support teaching, learning and research. Featured on the Library homepage, our Library Discovery Service is a single-search box featured on the library homepage that provides a dynamic search and discovery experience of the Library’s online and print collections. To connect with our collections, visit

Virtual Browsing The serendipity and discovery of books while browsing is a valuable research activity.  Even while the stacks are open, virtual browsing and discovery is available. For details on virtual browsing visit

Open Stacks Book shelving stacks on the first, second, and third floors are open. Note: the sub-basement level of the library will be closed. See ‘Borrowing’ below or visit  

Borrowing Library Materials 

Faculty, students and staff may select books from the stacks and bring them to the circulation desk for checkout as usual, or  use Remote Check Out to request books and other library materials to be retrieved by library staff and held at the circulation desk for pick up.

How does borrowing work? 

  1. Find an item using the library discovery service (make sure it says Available at Milne Library….). 

  1. Go to Get It! and select Request Item for Remote Check Out. 

  1. The item will be collected for you and you will be notified by email when it is available for pick up. Pick up location is the Main Circulation Desk. 

  1. Library items can be returned at any time through the book drops located at the Circulation Desk or on the exterior of the Milne Library building (to the right of the main front entrance, central to the rear entrance).  

Reference Collections Books in our Reference Collection are available for in-house use.

Periodicals Collection Journals and newspapers in our periodical collection are available for 1-day in library use.  To request a journal or newspaper for pick-up and use in the library: 

  1. Search the title using the library discovery service “Journal” tab (make sure it says Available at Milne Library….). 

  1. Go to Get It! Choose the issue or volume wanted, select Request and submit the form. Use the Comment field to list a specific date if necessary. 

  1. The item will be collected for you and you will be notified by email when it is available for use. 

  1. Pick up location is the Main Circulation Desk. 

  1. Journals and newspapers should be returned to the book drop at the Circulation Desk when finished using them. 


Special Collections & Archives

Milne Library’s Special Collections and Archives collects, organizes, interprets, preserves, and provides access to unique and rare materials that enhance and encourage research and learning.  

The Alden Room and Special Collections will offer virtual research assistance via email and/or virtual appointment through Teams.   Virtual instruction sessions and online class “visits” to the Alden Room will be accommodated when possible.  For more information please see the Alden Room’s Spring 2021 guide at or email Heather Stalter at  


Course Reserves

Course reserves are course materials that instructors have asked the Library to make easily accessible to students online or in the library.  

Electronic Reserves (e-Reserves) For online course readings and educational resources, our online collections include myriad eBooks, databases, online journals, streaming video and other resources.   

For students: Go to Library E-Reserves at  Also, some instructors make their e-Reserves available in Blackboard. 

For Faculty: Instructors make requests online at  

Learn more and see e-Reserves policy and guidelines at

Print and Physical Reserves To minimize handling and sharing of materials, Milne Library is not providing print/physical reserves for the spring semester. Instead, please use the eReserves link above for more information. 


Interlibrary Loan

Do you need a book or article that we don't have?  Get it using Interlibrary Loan.  Interlibrary Loan services expand the range of research materials available for research, instruction and scholarship. Materials which are not owned by the Library may be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. To request print and electronic materials via our Interlibrary Loan service, login to ILLiad at


Reference and Instructional Services

Reference Service Librarians provide reference and research assistance mask-to-mask in the library, and virtually via chat, email or phone at For details of mask-to-mask reference service in the library, visit  

Library Instruction The Library's instruction program supports the teaching mission by educating students for academic success and lifelong learning. Librarians work with instructors to provide information literacy and library research instruction. Library instruction will be delivered synchronously online, dual modality, or by asynchronous instruction utilizing online course guides and resources. Email Michelle Hendley at   

Research Consultation Reference librarians are available for personal research consultations regarding specialized resources, specific assignments or other research needs. Consultations will be conducted online via Teams or Ask-A-Librarian email at, or, for some walk-in sessions, mask-to-mask in the library. Request a research consultation using this form  

Research and Course Guides are online library pathfinders that bring together the best research databases, scholarly journals, and more, plus tips for doing effective research in the discipline, subject or topic, and contact information for getting help from a subject librarian.  Access Library Research and Course Guides

Online Research Tutorials Our Online Student Research Guide provides research instruction, demonstration and best practices that will help you successfully navigate the Library's collections. We also offer online Subject Guides for resources by discipline. Visit