Online Library


Resources by Subject (databases of articles, e-books, multimedia, etc. grouped by topic)

Article Databases (alphabetical list of databases containing journal articles)

Newspaper Databases (alphabetical list of databases containing news articles)

Journal Finder (search by journal title or browse by subject area)

Books (search our catalog for e-books or WorldCat for print books)

Multimedia (collections of images, video and audio resources)

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias (search for background information on your topic )

Cite Your Sources (formatting examples and sample papers for APA, MLA, etc.)

Library Workshops (online workshops on a variety of topics students can take from home)

Services Offered Through the Library

Interlibrary Loan

Graduate students and staff and faculty members with a 50 percent or greater appointment are eligible to use the college's interlibrary-loan service. For details, answers to FAQ or to register for an interlibrary-loan account, go to

@ Home Library Workshops

The librarians deliver online workshops on a variety of topics that students can take from home. Workshop topics include, among others, introduction to searching, using books and e-books, choosing the best research materials, citing your sources and using RefWorks. For details or to register, go to


The librarians provide an informational website designed to answer your questions about intellectual property issues. The copyright website includes information about college policy, fair use, public domain resources, securing copyright permissions, a decision-making tool and answers to FAQ. To learn more, visit:

Faculty Toolkit

The librarians have compiled course-development resources, tips on integrating library resources into assignments, learning objects, Turnitin, copyright information and more, available at

Using the Library with Mobile Devices

Tips on mobile-device compatibility with library article, news and e-book databases. For details, visit

Learning Resources

Links to learning resources offered throughout the college:


Alumni Library

Library resources for our alumni can be found at

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