Online Library

SUNY Empire State College’s Online Library provides 24/7 access to millions of full-text articles, e-books and multimedia content and a variety of ways to get help using them.


  • 24/7 reference help via live chat.
  • Live online, hands-on library skills workshops; self-paced course, video and text tutorials.
  • Toll-free phone number, email, online tutorials and blog posts to provide research and citation help and tips.

Information Resources:

  • 260,000+ full-text e-books;.
  • 58,000+ full-text journals and newspapers.
  • 80+ search tools encompassing millions of full-text articles, reports, dissertations and other material.
  • 1,000+ online dictionaries and specialized encyclopedias.
  • 1.5 million+ searchable, digital works of art and photography.
  •  12,000 full-length streaming documentaries and films.
  • Specialized subject and course guides linking to the most relevant research tools, publications and web resources.

Research Help

Students in need of assistance with any part of the research process can contact a librarian via 24/7 live chat, or by email, phone or online form at Ask a Librarian or by calling 800-847-3000, ext. 2222. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and 1 to 9 p.m., Sunday (excluding holidays). Online, hands-on workshops and text and video tutorials also are available for those who prefer self-help.

Access to Academic Libraries

The college encourages students to investigate the print holdings of other academic libraries in their local communities as a way to supplement the Online Library’s electronic resources. Students who wish to locate specific materials not available in the Online Library can Ask a Librarian for help, or find more information at the WorldCat and SUNY Open Access Program pages.

Through the SUNY Open Access Program, SUNY Empire State College students and employees have access to the print materials of SUNY’s two and four-year college and university center libraries. For those who live in New York City, a similar agreement is in place with the City University of New York (CUNY) library system. The CUNY agreement covers all library facilities except the School for Graduate Studies.

To check out circulating books from these libraries, students must present an SUNY Empire State College photo ID card with a valid expiration date and SUNY Empire State College ID number. All SUNY Empire State College borrowers agree to obey all rules, regulations and policies that are established by the lending library. In addition to overdue fines, borrowers who have lost or not returned library materials also will be charged processing and/or replacement fees. Students with outstanding fines to a SUNY or CUNY library have a hold placed on their student account and are not permitted to register, obtain transcripts or be cleared for graduation.