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700 Library Services

700.01 General

Drake Memorial Library is a 105,000 square foot, air-conditioned, three-story building with facilities to meet varied needs of the SUNY College at Brockport's community. It provides seating for 1,200 patrons and offers rooms for individual and small-group use. The Library provides an online public catalog, electronic course reserves, and access to numerous online information resources. See the Library web page at for access to these resources.

700.02 Library Hours

Monday-Thursday 7:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Friday 7:45 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Sunday 12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

During the summer sessions and the intercessions, hours vary. For information, call 395-2288 or check our Web site:

700.03 Ordering Books

Faculty members should order books and other library materials well before the date needed for class use to allow time for processing the orders and preparing the items for circulation or reserve use. Order requests must be signed by the department chairperson or the Library coordinator of the department/program and sent to the Acquisitions Section. For further assistance, call 395-2144.

700.04 Reserve Materials

The library uses electronic reserves to make course readings available on the Web. Faculty members wishing to place materials on reserve should contact the Reserve Desk. Faculty members with reserve courses established may also use the online reserve forms for placing materials on reserve. For assistance or information, call 395-2123.

700.05 Circulation

In order to check out library materials, each faculty member is required to have an ID card. (In emergencies, the Library will issue a temporary ID card for a nominal fee of $2.00, non-refundable.) Faculty, staff, and graduate assistants are accorded a year loan period running from May to May. However, materials should be returned when no longer needed. Library materials are subject to immediate recall if needed for the Reserve Desk or, after two weeks if needed by another reader. For assistance or information, please call the Circulation Desk at 395-2277.

700.06 Reference and Library Instruction Services

The Reference Desk on the main floor of the library is staffed at all times by reference librarians or student reference assistants. The staff at the desk provides assistance in using the wealth of online and print information sources available in the library. One on one consultations are also available; use the form at Faculty is invited to schedule a session for their class with one of our experienced reference librarians; use the form at Direct all questions and comments concerning library reference services to Charlie Cowling, 395-5667, or e-mail him at

700.07 Online Tour of the Library

The library web site includes floor plans along with the pictures and descriptions of the main facilities, services and resources available in the building. Visitors to the site may select features from the floor plans to see the related pictures and descriptive information. Viewed sequentially, these descriptions form the "stops" on a "virtual tour" of the library that is available at any time and place through the World Wide Web.

700.08 Guides to Collections

The guide to various subjects, prepared by experience reference librarians can be very helpful when doing research. The most popular guides are available in paper near the reference desk in the library, including the citation style guides such as the APA Style Guide. The guides and many more are available online at:

700.09 Computer Assisted Searches

Specialized, custom database searches are available for faculty and students where appropriate. Inquire at the reference desk.

700.10 Special Materials Center

The Special Materials Center, located on the ground floor, houses a collection of multi-media aids to teaching and learning from pre-school to adult levels. It includes cassettes, games, kits, videos, software, CDs, DVDs, records, and slides. In addition, the Center houses the children's and young adult's Literature Collection, New York State Syllabi, standard tests and textbooks for K through 12. Equipment for viewing media is available for use in the Special Materials Center only. Most media and books circulate. The Center also provides a reserve service for audio-visual materials. To place materials on reserve, faculty should call 395-2578.

700.11 Government Documents

The Library is a selective depository library for federal government publications and full depository library for New York state publications. The complete collection of New York State documents and a significant portion of the federal documents are accessible through our online catalog.

700.12 Interlibrary Loan

Materials not owned by the Library may be borrowed through the interlibrary loan system. Request forms are available in the Interlibrary Loan Office and at the Reference and Circulation Desks. Patrons may also send their requests through the online ILL form. It ordinarily takes about a week to fill a request.

700.13 Resources/Collections

The circulating book collection, most of it located on the top floor of the Library, consists of approximately 600,000 volumes arranged according to the Library of Congress classification system. In addition, the Library owns over 1,900,000 items in microforms, which augment the circulating collection. Also, the Library subscribes to nearly 1,300 journal titles and several thousands more in electronic formats.

700.14 Exhibits

There are five display cases on the main floor of the library available for faculty, department or club use. The display cases provide an opportunity for displaying objects, promoting programs and commemorating events. The cases can be reserved for two weeks at a time, pending availability. There are also other spaces in the library available for displaying artwork. To reserve the cases or to inquire about an art display, call 395-2770.

700.15 Copying Service

A Copy Center/Computer Lab on the ground floor has copiers for printed and microtext materials. There are also self-service copiers on the main floor and elsewhere on the ground floor. Compliance with the Copyright Law is the user's responsibility. A computer lab with 45 PCs having Internet access and MS Office products is available for student/staff use.

700.16 Services for the Visually and Mobility Impaired Patrons

Patrons needing special access to the building may use entrances on the ground and main floors. An elevator allows easy access to all areas. Special restroom facilities may be found on the main floor. A PC with software that enlarges and reads text is also available. For further information, call 395-5191.

700.17 Copyright Law Restrictions

As a result of the Copyright Law revision of 1978 and 1998, copyrighted articles may be placed on reserve with restrictions of length and substance. For more information, contact the Access Services Librarian or Reserve Desk at 395-2277.


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