As our campus community transitions to an online learning and working landscape, Syracuse University recently implemented the popular Zoom videoconferencing for students, faculty, and staff. Available for enrollment by using your SU NetID and password at zoom.syr.edu, Information Technology Services says that Zoom “provides another tool to allow the University community to remain connected during this time of remote learning and instruction.”

From conference calls to happy hours and family birthday parties, users everywhere have been adopting Zoom to keep in touch with the outside world—and not without some personal touches! One well-loved feature of Zoom regulars and recent-adopters alike, like the New York Public Library, is virtual backgrounds, allowing users to display an image or video as their background during Zoom Meetings. Simply upload your desired image and instantly transport from living room to a lovely locale!

For those who are missing campus a bit extra, Syracuse University Libraries has compiled its favorite Libraries and University Archives photos for your own Zoom use. Save your favorite image(s), and follow these instructions for enabling and using virtual backgrounds.

Not a Zoom user? Use these photos as a new desktop screensaver, phone wallpaper, or wherever else you want to spread Orange pride!

Bird Library at night as seen from the Einhorn Family Walk
Bird Library at night as seen from the Einhorn Family Walk
Bird Library as seen from the Einhorn Family Walk
Bird Library as seen from the Einhorn Family Walk
Syracuse University Archives sepia photo of Carnegie Library Reading Room, circa 1910s
Carnegie Library Reading Room, circa 1910s (Photo: Syracuse University Archives, Special Collections Research Center)
Exterior view of Carnegie Library with blue sky and statue
Exterior view of Carnegie Library
Empty Carnegie Library Reading Room with long wooden tables
Carnegie Library Reading Room
Overhead view of Carnegie Library Reading Room with students studying at long wooden tables
Overhead view of Carnegie Library Reading Room
Springtime exterior view of Carnegie Library with blossoming trees
Springtime exterior view of Carnegie Library with blossoming trees
Springtime orange, yellow, and pink tulips near Carnegie Library
Springtime tulips near Carnegie Library
Bronze Diana the Huntress statue in lobby of Carnegie Library
“Diana the Huntress” statue in lobby of Carnegie Library
Interior of King+King Architecture Library in Slocum Hall
King+King Architecture Library in Slocum Hall
Students studying in the Safire Room, 6th floor Bird Library
Safire Room, 6th floor Bird Library
Panoramic view of Syracuse University campus, 1903 (Photo: Syracuse University Archives, Special Collections Research Center)
Aerial view of Syracuse University campus, 1928 (Photo: Syracuse University Archives, Special Collections Research Center)
Panoramic view of Syracuse University campus, 1903 (Photo: Syracuse University Archives, Special Collections Research Center)
Panoramic view of Syracuse University campus, 1903 (Photo: Syracuse University Archives, Special Collections Research Center)