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Advanced Research: New York State Library

New York State Library

How to Get a Card

New York State Government (State Agency, Legislative and Judicial) employees are eligible to receive a NYS Library State Government Employee Borrower's Card. These borrower's cards begin with a "P" number.  All SUNY faculty are considered State government employees.

NYS government employees must complete a NYSL State Government Employee Borrower's Card applicationPDF file (44 KB) and must verify their status as a NY state government employee by presenting one of the following:

  • current NY State Government (State Agency, Legislative or Judicial) photo-identification card that includes an expiration date
  • recent NY State Government paycheck stub AND a current State Agency, Legislative or Judicial photo-identification card
  • recent NY State Government paycheck AND current NYS driver license, or current photo-identification card issued by the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles.

You can white out the salary information on the pay stub if you’d like.  Photocopies are acceptable when mailing, faxing or e-mailing your proof of status.

Databases Available from Home



ABI-INFORM Research:  Business articles including Wall Street Journal

African American Newspapers: 19th Century

Anthropology Plus and Anthro Source

BioOne and Biological Abstracts

Econ Lit

Heritage Quest Online : Genealogy Database

JSTOR: Arts and Sciences Collections I-IV


Psych Info, Psych Articles and Psych Books: Resources from the APA

Wildlife and Ecology Studies Worldwide

Other Great Resources from NYSL

On the New York State Library website, users may find links to: 


Digital Collections

Digital Historical Documents

Internet Bibliographies