Finding Books: More about Finding Books and Media

Locate a book or electronic book in the SUNY Adirondack Library, search online reference books, other libraries, WorldCat and more.

How to Borrow Books

To borrow print books: 

  • If you're looking for a specific book:
    • Search for it by subject, title or author with the "Start Your Research Here" box on the library's home page. 
    • Note the book's call number, which indicates its location on the shelves. 
    • Go to the upper level of the library to the book stacks and find the books.
    • A librarian can help you at any point, in person at the reference desk or through the Ask a Librarian link below.
  • Or, in advance, request to borrow print books from the library's search box page.
    • Sign in to the library's search box using your college username/password to get full access.
      • Just click on a print book link and fill in the Request for pickup at Library Circulation Desk.
      • The Circulation Desk staff ( will check out the book to your account and contact you to arrange pick-up.

To borrow ebooks: 

  • It's easiest to just download individual chapters from ebooks.  See "How Do I?" tutorials below.

Borrowing Books and Other Material at the SUNY Adirondack Library

Here's how long various items may be borrowed. Borrow materials by showing a photo ID at the circulation desk. 


  • Books: 16 weeks
  • DVDs, video tapes, music and language CDs, audiobooks: 2 weeks
  • Print periodicals, CD-ROMS: Library use only

Faculty and Staff:

  • Books: 16 weeks
  • Videos/DVDs, print periodicals, music CDs, CD-ROMS, audiobooks: 2 weeks

Community Members:

  • Books: 30 days 
  • Music CDs, audiobooks: 2 weeks
  • Videos/DVDs, CD-ROMS, print periodicals: Library use only 

More information for library user categories is linked on tabs on the library's home page.

Borrowing Periods for Interlibrary Loans

Students, faculty and staff can borrow books from other libraries through a service called interlibrary loan (ILL).

The loan period for an ILL book is determined by the lending library, not by SUNY Adirondack. The loan period is usually three to four weeks.