About the Empire State College 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 five 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.

The library is part of the academic technologies group within the Office of Integrated Technologies.

Collections and Services

The Empire State College online library provides access to a huge collection of online resources for research and study.

Alumni have free, lifelong access to the Alumni Library.


The college's professional librarians provide reference and other library services days, evenings and weekends via email, phone, chat and the Web.


  Regular Hours Summer Hours
Monday - Thursday    9 a.m.-9 p.m. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m.-9 p.m. 1 p.m.-7 p.m.
Saturdays and 
Federal Holidays   
Closed Closed

If the Ask a Librarian service is closed, please use the question form or voicemail to submit your question, and we will answer it as soon as possible.

Empire State College Online Library, 3 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. 800-847-3000, ext. 2222