Submit Course Reserves requests to the Libraries by August 1

We understand the course building process for fall 2020 involves change and uncertainty. Course Reserves will continue to provide both physical and electronic materials to students as allowed by law. We cannot guarantee that all course materials can be made available electronically. If an e-equivalent is not found, Reserves staff will reach out to discuss available options.

Course Reserves plans to circulate a physical collection in the Fall with the use of a UV light sanitizer to ensure the health and safety of our patrons. Items will be available to check-out from either the Bartle or UDC Reader Services desks, per your request.

Submit your Fall requests as soon as possible directly through our Course Reserves tool. Items submitted after the August 1 deadline will be processed in the order in which they are received. Due to an expected increase in demand, scan requests may take longer to process.

Course Reserves Tool:

Email: or


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Sarah Maximiek honored with Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship

Congratulations to Sarah Maximiek for her selection to receive the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship.

The SUNY Chancellor letter to Sarah about the selection stated: “…this honor is a reflection of your extensive skill and accomplishments in librarianship, as well as your service to your campus and to SUNY.”

This award recognizes consistently superior professional achievement in the field of librarianship. To receive this distinction, candidates must demonstrate extraordinary performance in the areas of skill in librarianship, service to the University and to the profession, and scholarship and continuing professional growth.

Sarah has two roles in our library. She serves as our subject librarian for the College of Community and Public Affairs as well as the acquisitions systems librarian.

Join us in congratulating Sarah on her well-deserved achievement and recognition!

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Libraries FY20-21 Budget Reduction

As part of our ongoing efforts to address the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University Libraries like the rest of campus, are receiving a significant cut to our base budget in FY20-21.  The Libraries’ budget is largely composed of our collections budget and personnel expenses. As a result, much of the cut will be borne by our collection development budget. I want to update you on what this means for the Libraries and our collections.

We will need to cut approximately $280,000 from our collections budget in FY20-21. The budget reduction would have been significantly larger if we had not cancelled Science Direct as we can apply the money saved to next year’s cut.

Cutting collections is never an easy process, there is no calculation that makes it painless or spares needed resources. This is particularly true when budget cuts hit in rapid succession. This year, we will need to cut much deeper to meet our goal: book budgets may need to be reduced and valuable resources will be lost. Considerations in deciding what resources to cancel will include: Whether there are alternative ways to get the information; how often a resource is used; does the resource provide access to full-text; and the historical inflation rate of the resource’s price.

Our goal is to make the process transparent. In addition to this update, the Libraries will host a couple of zoom meetings where we will provide a more detailed overview of the budget cuts. I encourage you to attend one of those meetings if you have any questions or would like to voice concerns. We will share a list of cancellations in the coming weeks for feedback and then schedule the zoom meetings.

If you have any questions, contact Jim Galbraith, Head of Collection Development:

Thank you for your assistance and understanding and your continued support of the University Libraries.


Curtis Kendrick, Dean of Libraries

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Dean Kendrick Receives Friend of SUNYLA Award

Congratulations to Dean of Libraries Curtis Kendrick who was honored by the State University of New York Librarians Association (SUNYLA) as this year’s recipient of the Friend of SUNYLA Award at the SUNYLA Conference June 17, 2020. This award is given to individuals or organizations that actively contribute to furthering the goals of SUNYLA and of SUNY libraries.

Dean Kendrick

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Restarting Special Collections

Special Collections is open by appointment only from 10–4 p.m.,  Monday-Friday to Binghamton University students, faculty and staff. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours (one business day) prior to requesting the specific item(s) needed during the visit. We will continue to assist all researchers virtually as much as possible.

We have implemented social distancing and other safety measures to protect the health of patrons and staff.

  • In accordance with University policy, masks must be worn at all times.
  • All visitors need to wash their hands prior to entering the reading room. Hand sanitizer will be available.
  • Upon arrival researchers will be asked to complete a registration form with their contact information and date/time of their visit.
  • All requested items will be waiting for the patron at a designated place in the reading room. Any additional items may be requested for a subsequent visit.
  • Certain materials requiring staff assistance to manipulate may be restricted except to those who can demonstrate experience in the proper handling of rare and fragile materials.

All class instruction sessions in Special Collections will be held online only through the fall semester.

For all inquiries and to schedule appointments, contact us via email at

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Bartle To Go access to library print collections service

Bartle To Go logo

Binghamton faculty, students and staff may request print materials from any library location as well as Interlibrary Loan print materials via our Bartle To Go service.

Pick up your Bartle To Go requests in the Bartle Library lobby from 12-4 p.m., Monday-Friday (Bartle is closed except for pick-up of library materials or appointments for Special Collections – visit Restarting Special Collections).

To make a request:

  • Request items from our library collection via Find It! or Interlibrary Loan material from your ILLiad account.
  • Visit Find It! FAQ to learn how to request materials.
  • You will receive an email when your materials are ready for pickup.
  • Be advised that Interlibrary Loan delivery may be delayed.

When picking up your request:

  • You must wear a mask to enter the building and practice social distancing.
  • When you arrive at Bartle, present your Binghamton ID.
  • Find the package with your last name on it (your books are wrapped in paper for privacy).
  • Items are already checked out to you and desensitized. Simply grab and go!
  • Materials should be picked up within two weeks.

Any returns should be dropped off in the outdoor library book bins.

If you have any issues or questions, contact

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Library Services Update – May/June 2020

[as of 6/10/20 – subject to change]

The following are the preliminary plans for restoring more of our library services. Our intention is to provide a foreshadowing of the service changes that are being introduced to help align expectations with the realities of what is currently sustainable. All aspects of the plan are subject to change due to changes in campus, local or state policies, as well as confirmation by third party service providers for necessary supplies to provide a safe environment for all.

Access to Collections

  • Faculty and students will be able to resume requesting material via our website from our print collection beginning June 15, 2020;
  • Regularly circulating material will be paged by library staff from all library locations and brought to the self-service hold shelves inside Bartle Library (entry area);
  • Hold shelf items will be arranged by last name and will require presentation of your ID to retrieve held items; and
  • In accordance with emerging best practices, library materials that have been returned or used will be put in quarantine for 24 hours (updated from 72 hours based on most recent recommendations).

Planning Your Visit

  • Initially, Bartle Library will offer a Bartle To Go service from 12-4 p.m., Monday-Friday only to pick up requested print materials or to visit Special Collections by appointment only (request via email or visit Restarting Special Collections for more information). The remaining areas of Bartle will be remain closed as well as the Science and UDC libraries;
  • We are working to significantly reduce density[1] in our facilities by removing approximately 60-75% of the seating in our libraries. Access to additional areas of the libraries will be possible when this work is completed;
  • Visitors will be required to wear masks to enter library facilities;
  • Visitors and staff will follow social distancing guidelines;
  • Staff will be wearing protective gear appropriate for their work; and
  • Plexi-glass barriers are being installed at service points;

Service Availability (current or as of June 15)

Visit our Coronavirus – Library Services FAQ for more information.

Longer Term Priority Service Objectives

  • Expand access to library book stacks and reduced study areas within libraries
  • Resume face-to-face library research instruction
  • Print Course Reserves
  • Special Collections Research Instruction (Virtual)
  • Technology lending program

For more Information about our services, contact the library department at:

These expectations will likely evolve as new information becomes available and as new issues arise. Send your direct questions or comments to:

[1] Guidelines from the “Return to Research” document suggest the maximum occupancy in any space on campus is 25% of the posted room capacity or one person for every 200 sq. ft. while maintaining six-foot distancing, whatever is less.

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Jen Embree Named ACRL Member of the Week!

Congratulations to Jen Embree, subject librarian for Biology, Comparative Literature, Latin American & Caribbean Area Studies (LACAS), and Psychology, who was named the Associate of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Member of the Week for May 11, 2020!

ACRL is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers and develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. There are over 10,000 ACRL members.

Jen has been a member of ACRL for 3 years. Read more about Jen’s work at ACRL Insider

For more information about ACRL, see their website

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Bartle Library 3rd Floor Renovation Collection Update – April 2020

As we all continue to respond to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bartle Library 3rd Floor Renovation Project is proceeding as planned. As announced in February, the 3rd floor collection will be relocated to the Science Library. The preparation work for the 3rd floor collection relocation will begin this summer. NOTE: The project timeline may change due to COVID-19.

The current schedule is to install compact shelving this fall on the ground floor of the Science Library to accommodate the collection. In determining our shelving capacity for both the 3rd floor and existing science collections on the ground floor, we will need to move approximately 70,000 items from Bartle Library and 10,000 additional items plus the bound journals from the Science Library. The plan is to start in June and continue through the summer.

In selecting the volumes to move offsite, we will prioritize items that are electronically available, duplicative, rarely used, and outdated. We will begin by moving journals that have been replaced with electronic subscription and digital archives. For instance, the Libraries purchased the complete SAGE journal backfiles providing full-text digital access to all Sage titles; as a result, we are moving all Sage print journals offsite. In selecting books to move offsite, we will start with duplicates (keeping one copy of the same edition onsite), outdated reference materials, old textbooks, and items that are low-use (for instance, items that have not circulated since 1993 will be considered). We will give consideration to the needs of each discipline in the selection of materials to relocate. These criteria will meet our offsite relocation goal so that a collection of high interest and use will remain on campus.

Following the renovation, approximately 240,000 volumes will return to the 3rd floor of Bartle Library from the Science Library. The current plan is for the remainder of the collection to stay in the Science Library with the science collection. Materials moved offsite will remain offsite, but we will have a process for moving individual items back to campus if needed.

The project will significantly impact the Science Library and its collections. Ground floor materials will be relocated to the first and second floors. Bound journals will be relocated to the Annex, but readily available through our document delivery service if not available online. We have selected a ground floor compact shelving plan that preserves as much quiet study as possible, maintains group study spaces, and provides a space for outreach activities. We will strive to maintain the quiet and accessible environment our community is accustomed to experiencing. There will be exciting opportunities in the future to transform parts of the upper floors with new study and outreach spaces.

At the conclusion of the renovation, the Libraries will have more shelving space on campus than we did at the outset of the project. This, along with the planned creation of our new Collection Management Facility, will ensure we have space for the long-term growth of our physical collections while also creating space on the 3rd floor of Bartle and the 1st and second floors of the Science Library for us to continue expanding the services we offer the campus.

The University Libraries support our faculty, staff and students’ teaching, scholarship and research by building rich and diverse collections of print and online resources. Our goal is to continue offering the same high level of support during and after the renovation.

A complete overview of the upcoming project can be found on our renovation webpage.

If you have any questions about the renovation and its impact on the Bartle and Science Libraries, contact Jill Dixon, Associate University Librarian for Public Services and Collections, at

We also welcome your input on our Library Renovation Feedback form.

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Teaching online this summer? Let Course Reserves help with e-reserves

The Libraries’ Course Reserves department can help make summer course materials easily accessible to students online. Course Reserves staff can do the following:

  • Upload stable links to ebooks and articles owned by the Libraries
  • Scan textbook chapters to ensure accessibility
  • Recommend solutions for streaming video
  • Help you manage required course readings in one, convenient location

Submit electronic reserve requests by May 1 to ensure your course materials are available by the start of Summer Session I. Requests received after this deadline will be processed in the order they are received.

Requests should be submitted using the Course Reserves online submission form.

If you have any questions, email

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