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FAQ will be updated periodically. Last updated: April 20, 2021

Q: When are the books scheduled to move from Bartle 3rd Floor for the renovation?
A: The books will start to move to an offsite location on April 12. The move is scheduled to be completed by July.

Q: Can I still check out books from the 3rd Floor?
A: Yes, the 3rd Floor will remain open during the move, and books located on the 3rd Floor will now display “Available at Bartle Library – Place a Request” in Find It! until all books have been moved off the floor.

Books will be removed in call number order, beginning with HN through to Z. If you’d like to check out a book that is no longer on the 3rd Floor, you can submit a request through Find It! This sheet will be regularly updated to reflect the books that still remain on the 3rd Floor.

Q: How do I place books from the 3rd Floor on Course Reserves for the Summer term?
A: For courses being taught in Summer 2021, use the Course Reserves tool to submit your requests: http://reserves.binghamton.edu/

Q: What if I want some books to be put on Course Reserves for Fall?
A: Faculty can submit early requests for Fall 2021 Course Reserves or ask that 3rd Floor books be placed on hold if not certain yet about which books will be assigned in your course. Submit requests by using this Google form. Please resubmit the form for each book you are requesting to best help our staff process your materials. Contact Course Reserves at mainresv@binghamton.edu if you have any questions.

Q: Why can’t I use the Reserves tool to submit Fall 2021 requests now?
A: The Reserves tool is dependent on course uploads from Banner. Once Fall 2021 courses have been uploaded to Banner, you can submit requests through the Reserves tool as normal. 

Q: What call number range is located on the 3rd Floor?
A: Call numbers on the 3rd floor range from HN-Z are included in this move, with the exception of College of Community and Public Affairs and science subject materials, which are located at the UDC Library and Science Library, respectively. More information on call number locations can be found here: https://www.binghamton.edu/libraries/about/documents/collectionlocation1.pdf

Q: Where are the Bartle Library 3rd Floor books going during the renovations?
A: Initially, the majority of the 3rd Floor collection will be stored at an offsite location in Johnson City while shelving is erected in the ground floor of the Science Library. These books are scheduled to return to the Science Library ground floor from October 2021 through Late Winter 2022.  

Q: Are the books temporarily stored off-site in Johnson City accessible during that time?
A: No, the books will not be accessible from this facility. However, you will be able to search for these books in our catalog and request another copy of the book through our SUNY Resource Sharing Network or Interlibrary loan (ILL) service

Q: How do I request a book via the Find It! Catalog?
A: To request a book in Find It!, you must be signed in to your Library account. If you are not signed in, you will see a green “Sign In” button. Once signed in, you will be able to place request directly through the item’s record. Beginning April 1, the library’s catalog will display books available in our library as well as all other SUNY libraries. This will provide access to more books that can be requested through our ILL service directly through the record in Find It!

Q: Is the library a member of HathiTrust Digital Library?
A: Yes, the library recently joined HathiTrust. HathiTrust Digital Library provides patrons with access to over 17 million digitized volumes. Visit our HathiTrust guide for more information.

Q: Is all of the 3rd Floor collection coming back to campus?
A: Approximately 83% of the Bartle 3rd Floor collection will return to campus. These books will temporarily be stored in the Science Library ground floor during the 3rd Floor renovation. The remaining 17% was permanently relocated to our Annex (located in Conklin) in March 2021. 

Q: How were the books that were moved to the Annex chosen?
A: The books moved to the Annex were older books (published prior to 1980) and circulated zero or once in the past 40 years. These books were moved to allow for new collection acquisition and growth on campus.

Q: Are the books at the Annex accessible?
A: Yes, these books can be requested via our ILL and Document Delivery services. You must be signed in to your library account to request materials. If you are not signed, you will see a green “Sign In” button. Once signed in, you can request the book directly in the record.

Q: When will the 3rd Floor renovation be complete?
A: Renovation work on the 3rd Floor is expected to begin in July 2021 and be completed in Spring 2024.

Q: Will books be moved from the temporary location in the Science Library back to Bartle Library 3rd Floor when the renovation is complete?
A: Approximately 250,000 books will be relocated back to the 3rd Floor once the renovation is complete in 2024. The call number ranges are to be determined. The remaining books will remain in the Science Library.

Q: How was the Science Library collection impacted?
A: Approximately 11,000 books published before 1985 and never circulated were moved to the Annex. The collection was then consolidated onto the first and second floor to clear the ground floor for the compact shelving installation. After the renovation project when books from the 3rd floor return to Bartle Library, there will be room to move Science collections back to the ground floor allowing us to create new study space.