Saturday, April 1, 2006

SUNY Open Access Policy

Inevitably in the course of doing your research, you will encounter a piece of information, whether it's a book, article, audiovisual material, etc. - that is simply not available online. Fortunately, when you encounter this situation, you still have options. The most important is to make use of the print materials at a library located near you. Through the State University of New York (SUNY) Open Access program, all current Empire State College students have access to the libraries of the State University of New York's two and four-year colleges and universities, including community colleges. For students who live in New York City, a similar arrangement is in place with the City University of New York (CUNY) library system.

To check out materials from these libraries, you will need to present your Empire State College photo ID with a valid expiration date and Empire State College ID number. This is the only proof of enrollment or affiliation that will be accepted at these libraries. This photo ID card can be obtained at your orientation session or from the nearest Empire State College center. Note however that most SUNY libraries restrict access to online resources and interlibrary loan services to their own residents. However, you may want to check your local public library - it may offer some form of inter-library loan service.

Before visiting any library, be sure to contact them directly to get their hours of operation as well as confirm their access policies.

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