Returning Items

ILL Books

As the Semester is drawing near its end and with many Students & even Faculty leaving the area until the Spring Semester, we would like to remind you that you need to return items checked out of Memorial Library and from Interlibrary Loan.

Please note:

  • All outstanding book loans can be returned using the bookdrop located just outside the front entrance of the Library.
  • Books can be returned to other SUNY campuses if they have a bookdrop available.
  • If you are not on campus for the semester (or have other concerns) please send an email to to discuss your specific situation, including fines on overdue notices; contact Interlibrary Loan at
  • Items that are returned (particularly ILL items) will not come off your account until we are able to process them. You will not be fined for late items in this circumstance.

Please see the Library Resources – COVID-19 – Fall 2020 Guide for additional information. (

Preservation Week April 26-May 3

preservation weekLibraries, museums, archives and other organizations work every day to preserve cultural history.  Over 4.8 billion artifacts are held in public trust by more than 30,000 archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, scientific research collections and archaeological repositories in the United States.

Key environmental factors that place collections at risk:

  • Light: Ultraviolet rays from natural and artificial sources can cause fading and disintegration.
  • Pollutants: Dust is abrasive and can accelerate harmful chemical reactions.
  • Heat: High temperatures can accelerate deterioration.
  • Moisture: High humidity promotes mold growth, corrosion, and degradation, while excessive
  • Dryness can cause drying and cracking. Fluctuations between extremes can cause warping, buckling and flaking.

Tips from the American Library Association for preserving your treasures:

preservation week tips

The Library’s New Innovative Way to Search for Information:

Memorial Library is excited to announce a new way of searching resources.   The search channel on the library tab has changed to include a new default search.  Now you can search the library’s full-text content (electronic and print), including journals, books, and databases simultaneously.  This customized searching experience is based on the EBSCOhost interface you already know.  The classic catalog, databases, and journals are searched by clicking the other tabs within the search channel.

For more information, see a librarian or contact the Research Help Desk (607) 753-2590.

Winter Break

What are your plans for the winter break?  Now that finals are over and you have some free time, get outside and have some fun!  Be sure to check out the winter activities and safety display in Memorial Library if you’ll be in the area over break.  We have a map of local ski resorts, a list of local winter events, and books about bird-watching, ice skating, and more.  Of course, not everyone loves snow and ice like:Simon’s Cat in ‘Icecapade’

So far the grass is still green(!), but the farmer’s almanac says that we’re in for a nasty winter.  Whether it’s your first winter in New York or your twentieth, it’s never a bad idea to think about driving tips for winter road conditions.  We’ve also posted information about frostbite and creating an emergency car kit.

The Library wishes you a happy and safe holiday season!