Guide to Library Services

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The SUNY Broome Library is full of resources and services for students.  Many of these services and resources are referred to in 'librarianese', so this guide will help you to decipher some of these strange and unfamiliar terms.

Circulation Desk

The circulation desk is on your left as you enter the library.  The circulation desk is where you check out books and other materials you want to borrow.  With your SUNY Broome ID card, you can borrow:

  • “Circulating Books”: If you find books on the second floor of the library, bring them down to the circulation desk.  You can borrow as many books as you can carry, for three weeks.
  • “Reserves”: These are books and articles that your instructor has left at the library for you to read for your class.  You can check these out and read them in the library for 2 hours.
  • Textbooks:  The library has many of the textbooks used in SUNY Broome classes available for you to check out for 2 hour periods.
  • Laptops:  You can borrow a laptop to use in the library for up to two hours.

Reference Desk and Reference Area

The reference desk is where you will find the librarians.  Librarians are here whenever the library is open to help you get started finding books and articles if you haven’t used the library before, and to help you to find books and articles for your homework.

The reference area has books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other materials that will help you get started researching a topic. Reference books have to be used in the library.


Librarians refer to journals, magazines and newspapers as “periodicals”.  You can find the most recent issues of our print periodicals in the reference area.  Previous issues are at the Circulation Desk.

Interlibrary Loan

If you find a book or article that the library does not own, you can request the book using interlibrary loan.  To place a request for a book, click the “Get it” button.  To place a request for an article, click the “find full text” link.  It takes up to 76 hours to get an article, and books are typically available for pick up in 7-10 days.