Online Library

About the Online Library


Reference and other library services are provided by the college's professional librarians during day, evening and weekend hours via email, phone, chat and the Web.

If the Ask a Librarian service is closed*, please submit your question using the question form or voicemail and we will respond as soon as possible.

* From January through July 2015, the library is piloting Ask Us 24/7, a chat-based reference service provided by a consortium of academic librarians. When the Empire State College librarians are unavailable to chat during the pilot, librarians from the consortium will take over and respond to questions from Empire State College users.

Collections and Services

The online library provides access to a vast collection of online resources and services for research and study, including:

Alumni have free, lifelong access to the Alumni Library, which is a separate sub-set of the college's online library.


In 1971, Empire State College was chartered within the SUNY system as a distance learning college for adult and nontraditional students. Until 1997, our students relied on other SUNY libraries for research and learning support. In 1997, the online library and learning resource center was established and has continued to grow.

We now have four full-time librarians and a well-rounded collection of e-books, online journals, reference resources, and databases of images and videos. Our collections are entirely online and our services are delivered to our users wherever they are by Internet, telephone, mail, and UPS.