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Advanced Research: Other Borrowing Privileges

SUNY Open Access

The SUNY Open Access Borrower Program allows SUNY students, faculty, and staff with a valid SUNY ID to use the facilities and collections of all other SUNY libraries. This includes the ability to borrow books and other materials which normally circulate.

Eligible library users are those persons currently enrolled in or employed by the institutions in the State University. Members of the State University who are continuing their association with the University in the next full semester are also eligible for Open Access privileges.

The patron is expected to protect library materials. The patron is liable to the same charges for lost, damaged or overdue materials as those normally levied by the host campus. Notices of overdues, recalls or unremitted charges will be sent directly to the user, but the user’s home campus will, however, intercede on behalf of the lending library on request. Open Access privileges can be withdrawn from any user given evidence of abuse. A student enrolled for the next semester who expects to use a State University of New York library must provide evidence of pre-enrollment.

It is not necessary to give advance notice to the library which you intend to visit, but such a courtesy will enable the library to provide better service.  It will, in any case, be advisable to confirm hours, particularly during vacation periods.

When returning borrowed materials, make sure to indicate clearly the library from which it was borrowed, and allow adequate time for mailing in order for it to reach the lending library before the item is overdue.

The Reference Unit of your campus library should have a SUNYLA Directory of addresses and phone numbers of other libraries in the SUNY system. Librarians will be pleased to help with general advice or to answer specific inquiries.

Research Loan Program

The Research Loan Program (RLP) enables a patron  from a library that belongs to the Long Island Library Resources Council (LILRC) to borrow books from another LILRC member library that also participates in RLP. Database use policies vary by library.

All Reference Librarians are authorized to issue a Research Loan Program Card. 

Referrals to other libraries should  be as specific as possible, while still allowing for  browsing to identify additional materials needed.

The borrower  must include at least one title and call number of relevant item from the lending institution’s online catalog. 

Once the required forms are completed, the borrower may present the RLP card at the lending institution to gain access and browse collections.  Individual libraries have their own policies with regard to use of databases and other online resources.  

The RLP card is valid for one month.  All policies and fines are the responsibility of the borrower and all items must be returned to the lending institution.

Most libraries on Long Island participate in the Research Loan Program.  

Click on this link to see the complete list.