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Learn about library services during COVID-19 here


Access free educational resources available during COVID-19 here


Get help finding food, jobs, housing and other things you may need here.


Library materials may be returned to the blue return bin found at the Elston entrance. 

We’re all in this together.

Caroline at home

Caroline working from home

Shari at home

Shari working from home

Anna working from home

Govie at home

Govie working from home

Hours and Events

Hours are subject to change

Day Open Close
Monday Virtual Assistance  
Tuesday 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Friday Virtual Assistance
Saturday Virtual Assistance
Sunday Virtual Assistance



Online Library


Here is a list of the different types of sources you can access online through the SUNY Schenectady library website.

Check it out!


Information on the library's response to COVID-19.

Social Explorer

Check out a NEW database!

SocialExplorer is award winning demographic data visualization and research website designed to engage users through dynamic maps and customizable reports. From research libraries to classrooms to government agencies to corporations to the front page of the New York Times, SocialExplorer helps the public engage with society and science.

Architect rendering of Learning Commons

Renderings of the new Learning Commons by ENVISION Architects DPC.

Read more about the project on the ENVISION Architects website.

Elston 132 temporary library classroom

While the library is being renovated, visit us in Elston 132.

Architect rendering of Learning Commons

The new Begley Learning Commons will include:

  • Library
  • Labs for math, writing and accounting
  • Tutoring Center
  • Café
  • Quiet study rooms
  • Group study spaces
  • Reading area and library stacks
  • Center for Excellence in Teaching

America's News

Use this database to search a single newspaper, a select group of sources, or the entire collection.
New content added daily from more than 3,000 full-text news sources nationwide. Online access to local news, information and obituaries, available 24/7 in the library as well as remotely.

Online Library


The best online resources in each subject area


Get Help

Ask Us 24/7

Meet Online With a Librarian


Click on the database you want to use, and enter your SUNY Schenectady login and password when prompted.
Please call the library if you have issues with accessing electronic resources off campus at 518-381-1235. You may also email the Electronic Resources Librarian at
Look up your username and password here.
You will need your 9-digit SUNY Schenectady ID number. This is found on your class schedule and on your ID card.
You will also need your PIN. For first-time users, your PIN is your date of birth in the format MMDDYY.
Call the college's Help Desk at: (518) 381-1487 or email:
We have some, but not all textbooks. Search the library catalog by author or title to see if we have the one you need.