First Year and Transfer Students Checklist: What You Need to Know about Syracuse University Libraries


First year students standing on the steps of Carnegie Library

  1. Visit the libraries. Yes, there’s more than one on campus. Depending on your area(s) of study and interests, you may want to visit:
  • Bird Library, next door to Schine Student Center, provides resources for humanities, social sciences, audiovisual, government publications, and maps. It is the University’s main library, with seven floors of resources and spaces.
  • Carnegie Library, located on the south side of the Shaw Quadrangle, provides resources for biology, chemistry, engineering, computer science, library and information science, mathematics, military and naval science, nutrition and dietetics, photography, public health, physics and astronomy, and technical arts and crafts. In addition, there is also a beautiful quiet reading room.
  • King + King Library, located on the 3rd floor of Slocum Hall, is dedicated to the School of Architecture.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, part of the College of Arts and Sciences and located in 231 Sims Hall, provides resources for the Department of African American Studies.
  1. Meet your subject librarian. They are an expert in the resources you will need throughout your academic career and can provide support, consultation and instruction to you around subject-specific collections. In fact, they have curated a number of “Research Guides” with recommended starting points for the subjects you’re studying or the classes you’re taking.
  1. Get involved. There’s a multitude of ways for you to find your place at the Libraries:
  • Sign up for small group or one-on-one tutoring, or get academic coaching at the Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS), located on the lower level of Bird Library.
  • Participate in an entrepreneurial activity at the Blackstone LaunchPad, located on the 1st floor of Bird Library.
  • Participate in undergraduate research through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (SOURCE), located on the 2nd floor of Bird Library.
  • Check out the Digital Scholarship Space (DSS) on the 4th floor of Bird Library, a laboratory and classroom area designed for the study and creation of digital artifacts and experiences. Try out gaming, software, and even cool virtual reality goggles. Games are available for borrowing from the 3rd floor Service Desk.
  • Attend a program or learn about services offered through the Disability Cultural Center, which provides community and activities promoting disability culture. Find them on the 5th floor of Bird Library.
  • The LGBT Resource Center, also on the 5th floor of Bird Library, offers services and programs, as well as a gathering place that centers the experience of people with marginalized sexualities and genders.
  • The Office of Multicultural Affairs on the 5th floor of Bird Library strives to support the academic achievement, multicultural competence, social development and civic engagement of students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.
  • Or become a Libraries student employee. With 150 student employees, the Libraries is a great place to work!
  1. Got a research question? We’re here to help! You can visit our Information Desk, call us at 315.443.4083, text us at 315.464.0744, email us at, or chat live by visiting
  1. Need help while on a floor at Bird Library? Text or call the Helpline service at 315.416.7047.
  1. Familiarize yourself with the printing process and your printing quota. The Technology Desk on the 1st floor of Bird Library can help with printing, poster printing, scanning, wireless access, copying, and use of the campus print management system.
  1. Borrow our technology and gear from the Libraries for a 3-hour period. You can check out these and many more items: laptops, calculators, digital cameras and video recorders, cables and chargers.
  1. Whether you like to work in a social environment, with a small group, quietly, or by yourself, the Libraries has a multitude of spaces available for your preferred learning style.
  1. Know how to access Course Reserves, which are course textbooks, readings, multimedia, and other items that some professors have set aside for you to borrow for a limited time. Course reserves are searchable online by instructor, department, or course number.
  1. Get a punch card or join the mug club at Pages Café in Bird Library. Get your coffee fix, grab a meal, or pick up a snack at the most frequented Café on campus. You can use cash or your SUpercard. And if you purchase a mug for $6.99, you get a 20% discount on hot coffee or tea refills when you use it and a free cup on Fridays!
  1. Visit Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) on the 6th floor of Bird Library. SCRC houses special collections and archives of world-class importance totaling 150,000 printed items and over 55,000 linear feet of archival material. SCRC is also home to the Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive, a studio designed for audio preservation, recording, and home to over 500,000 sound related items.
  1. Need a book or article that we don’t have? Use the Library’s Interlibrary Loan services to request items not available at Syracuse University Libraries through our partnership with other libraries, and we’ll bring them to campus and notify you when the resource is available for pickup.
  1. Do you need materials in an alternate format to accommodate for accessibility? We do that, too. We can provide you with assistive technology or alternate formats.
  1. Consider performing at the Libraries. Submit a proposal to showcase your talent, including literature readings and musical or dramatic performances. Or propose to feature your artwork on display in our Biblio Gallery.




2018-2019 New and Expanded Resources


An engineering reference tool that provides access to engineering reference information published by McGraw Hill, such as Perry’s Handbook for Chemical Engineers and Marks’ Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers. Includes books, instructional videos, interactive graphs, and an Excel calculator tool to streamline calculations.


Includes dictionary terms and research updates in all areas of science and technology. This is the electronic version of the comprehensive McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.

Agricultural & Environmental Science Database

Includes AGRICOLA, TOXLINE, Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management (ESPM), and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) databases. It includes scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, and government publications. Topics include pollution on people and animals, environmental action, and policy response.

ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts

A social science and health information indexing and abstracting tool covering health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education.

ATLA monograph series: Jewish Studies Perspective, 1800-1918

Books from 1800-1918 covering Jewish culture, theology, Hebrew language, poetry and more.

ATLA monograph series: Religion and Social Change, 1723-1921

Books from 1723-1921 covering religion and social movements, such as women’s rights, church and state, abolition, evolution, education reforms, and more.

American Indian Newspapers

Sourced from the Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Newberry Library in Chicago, this collection covers American Indian history in North America from 1828 to 2016 and offers American Indian perspectives on federal and tribal politics, self-representation, environmental activism, the American Indian Movement, tribal schools and colleges, local news coverage, and more.

Caribbean Newspapers

Newspapers published throughout the Caribbean between 1718 and 1876.

China, America and the Pacific: Trade and Cultural Exchange

Materials, including correspondence, photographs, logbooks, newspapers, and more, covering trade between China and North America from the 18th to early 20th centuries.

China: Trade, Politics and Culture 1793-1980

Documents, including letters, papers, illustrations, and maps, covering events in China from the 18th to the 20th century.

Civil War Primary Source Documents

Primary source documents covering the Civil War, including the years leading up to the war and the fall of the Confederacy, from the collections of the New York Historical Society.


An indexing and abstracting tool covering the communications disorders literature, with focus on speech-language pathology and audiology.

Diction Police

Diction Police is a resource for lyric diction, containing phonetic transcriptions (IPA) of songs and arias, translations, text readings by native speakers, and in-depth video tutorials.

Early American Imprints Series I: Evans 1639-1800

Updates are now available to this series which includes Charles Evans’ American Bibliography, supplemented by Roger Bristol, compiling books, pamphlets, broadsides, almanacs, narratives and more printed in America between 1639-1800, with additional holdings from the American Antiquarian Society and the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Early American Imprints Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819.

Updates are now available to this series while includes American Bibliography of books, pamphlets and broadsides from 1801-1819 compiled by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker, with supplements and additional holdings all from the collections of the American Antiquarian Society and the Library Company of Philadelphia.


Searchable page image archive of Esquire Magazine from 1933 to 2014. Topics covered include popular culture, entertainment, and men’s fashion.

Gateway to North America: People, Places, and Organizations of 19th Century New York

Manuscripts, travel guides, maps, and other sources covering New York City from the 18th through early 20th centuries. Topics covered include industry, commerce, and immigration, from the collections of the New York Historical Society.

Hispanic American Newspapers

Hispanic American newspapers published in the United States from 1808 to 1980.

Literary Manuscripts: Berg

19th century manuscripts, including early editions, annotations, correspondence, sketches and more by Victorian authors. From the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection at the New York Public Library.

Literary Manuscripts: Leeds

17th and 18th century verse from the Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds. Includes essays and biographical information.

Latin American Newspapers 2

Newspapers published throughout Latin America between 1822 and 1922.


Music Ally provides insight briefings, monthly insight reports, news, marketing reports, trend reports, country profiles, and data on the music industry.


Searchable page image archive of The Nation magazine going back to its first issue in 1865. Includes articles as well as reviews, letters, poems, and puzzles.

National Review

Searchable page image archive of the National Review magazine from 1955 to the present.

Natural Medicine Comprehensive Database

Offers comprehensive, evidence-based, peer-reviewed content on food, herbs, supplements, general health and wellness topics, sports medicine and natural therapies. It includes information about commercial product manufacturers and the dietary supplements that they develop and a series of tools that help the user account for interactions, nutrient depletion (from prescription and over-the-counter medications), efficacy, adverse effects, and safety during pregnancy and lactation.

Political Extremism & Radicalism in the Twentieth Century

Archive of primary source political extremist materials from collections such as the American Radicalism collection (Michigan State University), the Hall-Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda (Brown University), the Searchlight Archive (University of Northampton, UK) and the National Archives (UK). Content includes oral histories, ephemera, campaign materials, government records, and more.

RIPM Preservation Series: European & North American Periodicals

Contains the collection titles “European and North American Periodicals,” including over 100 full-text music journals. The periodicals in the collection deal extensively with musical life in the United States as well as Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain and the U.K. Content does not overlap with RILM or with RIPM Full Text.

Sage Business Cases

Case studies from throughout the global business environment integrated with SAGE’s journal, book, video, and reference content.

Sage Datasets 2

Datasets representing quantitative and qualitative analytical methods in the social sciences.


Now includes full-text access to more than 32,000 ebooks in all disciplines.

Sports Illustrated

Searchable page image archive of Sports Illustrated magazine from 1954 to 2000. Covers professional and amateur sports as well as popular culture, business, and politics.

Taylor & Francis

The Taylor & Francis ebook platform now includes titles from 2018 and 2019 in Math, Environmental Science, Energy, and Clean Technology.


Searchable page image archive of Time Magazine, from March 1923 through December 2000. Includes photographs and advertisements.

Additionally, Syracuse University Libraries has pledged support of Knowledge Unlatched to provide access to STEM ebooks and has become the 51st institutional member of TRAIL, the Technical Report Archive & Image Library.

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