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Milne Library Spring 2022 Guide

We're looking forward to seeing you in the James M. Milne Library for Spring Semester 2022!  The library staff are committed to providing library services, resources and research spaces to our students, faculty and staff.  All guests are expected to adhere to College guidelines and policies. Protecting the health and safety of library visitors and staff is chief among our guiding principles.  Regular access into the library will be for all SUNY Oneonta students, faculty, and staff.  Community visitors are also welcome.

Library operations and services will remain aligned to College protocols, which are subject to change.  Changes to regular library services and operations are 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



Getting Help

Do you want to check out a book? Get help with an assignment or research? Meet with a librarian? Learn about library hours or services?  

In the Library

Visit our friendly experts at the Library's Reference and Circulation desks, both located on the first floor of the library.


Library Help chat service provides live, real-time online help and expertise.  Whether you are in the library or online, Library Help is a best bet for getting immediate support with any library question. 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


For reference and general questions, call the Library Reference Desk at 607.436.2722.


Spring 2022 Hours

Classes begin Wednesday, January 26


  • Monday – Thursday                                                              7:30 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday                                                                                  7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday                                                                             10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday                                                                                Noon – 12:00 AM

March Recess --- Friday, March 11 – Sunday, March 20

  • Friday, March 11                                                                  7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday, March 12 & 13                                      CLOSED
  • Monday, March 14 - Friday, March 18                                   7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 19                                                             CLOSED
  • Sunday, March 20                                                               6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Monday, March 21                                                               Resume Regular Hours

For more details visit


Visiting the Library

We look forward to seeing you in the library!  

While in the Library, you will wear a face covering or mask that covers both nose and mouth at all times, and comply with library staff requests to adhere to all College guidelines and policies. 

Food and drink  With some noted exceptions (including study rooms and library classrooms), drinks in covered containers are permitted in the library. Except for the first floor, food is discouraged.   Individuals engaged in longer-than-necessary de-masking with food or drink, or groups eating together may be asked to seek another location on campus. This policy helps ensure that visitors adhere to the College policy of wearing masks in community spaces as well as minimize food containers in library space. Masks are to be worn when not actively eating or drinking.

Masking Do your part to keep your fellow Red Dragons safe and healthy by ALWAYS wearing your mask in the Library. Failure to do so can result in being asked to leave along with a referral to the Office of Community Standards. It doesn’t have to come to that — we’ll wear ours, you wear yours.

Meetings, appointments and events We offer meetings, appointments and events in all modalities.   For details visit 


Study Spaces

A variety of comfortable study zones and spaces are available throughout the Library.

Study rooms of varying sizes serving 2 to 8 students. To reserve a room visit Note: while single student use of study rooms is permitted, individuals may be asked to leave a large study room in order to accommodate a group reservation.

Faculty Carrels for single occupants; to learn more and submit your application visit



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 open limited hours. 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.  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 first floor Reference Collection are available for in-house use. Reference books in the subbasement are available for 10 day circulation.

Periodicals Collection Journals and newspapers in our periodical collection are available for use in the library.  


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 Faculty must fill out a Reserve Request Form for each item you wish to have placed on reserve. Forms are available at the Circulation/Reserve Desk. All forms should be completed as fully and accurately as possible to ensure that reserve materials will be easily accessible to your students.


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 in the library classroom, synchronously online, dual modality, or by asynchronous instruction utilizing online course guides and resources. Email Mary Lynn Bensen at  Mary Lynn Bensen.   

Research Consultation Reference librarians are available for personal research consultations regarding specialized resources, specific assignments or other research needs. Consultations will be conducted in-person, or online via Teams or Ask-A-Librarian email at or, for 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 Research Paper Help guide provides research instruction, demonstration and best practices that will help you successfully navigate the Library's collections. Visit


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.  

For more information please see the Alden Room  guide at or email Heather Stalter at