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Looking for audio books

Posted on June 6, 2017

I had a difficult time searching for audiobooks. I needed to know the title of the book in order to see if the library had an audiobook for that book. Since I just wanted to browse, I went to the library so that I could just look at them instead of guessing which books they would and wouldn’t have. I found that not only does the library have very sparse amounts of audiobooks, but they aren’t all in the same place to browse through. My suggestion is to try and collect more, and to make it simpler to find them. Make it so people can at least browse the audiobooks available online instead of finding a needle in a haystack.

You are correct that the library does not have a large number of audiobooks. This is a format that we do not actively collect as our collections are more teaching and research focused.

Since you wanted to browse an audiobook collection, maybe you are looking for popular books? If that is the case, the best suggestion I have for you is to check out your nearest public library. Library cards are generally free and most have collections of audiobooks.

If you are in Onondaga County, you might want to look at options from the Onondaga County Public Library (OCPL): In addition to physical audiobooks, OCPL, like many public libraries, offers a number of options for downloading audiobooks to various devices using services such as OverDrive and hoopla. For a full list of options for downloading, see:

The branch nearest to the SU campus is the Petit Branch, which is located at 105 Victoria Place (just off Westcott Street).

by Janet Pease

Finding ILL on new website

Posted on May 19, 2017

How do you get to ILL from the new website? If it’s possible, it’s not obvious. Didn’t you user-test this new website, which seems to offer far less functionality than the old one?

Thanks for taking the time to write about your experience with the redesigned website. Interlibrary loan appears in a couple of places: under the SERVICES dropdown menu, under ABOUT/Departments, and under Your Accounts in the upper-right hand corner of the homepage. Please let us know where you expected to see it and we’ll look into adding additional links.

We did fairly extensive user testing of the site with faculty, grad students, and undergrads back in January. We made a number of changes as a result. We are continuing to tweak things based on additional feedback we’ve been receiving. Feel free to drop us a line and let us know any other suggestions you have for improvement.

by Pamela McLaughlin

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Quiet within the Libraries

Posted on April 26, 2017

I’m not sure if any floor of this library is considered a “quiet floor” anymore, specifically the 3rd floor, but if that rule is still in effect, I suggest you make it more clear that they are quiet floors. Signs used to be posted on the walls and now I no longer see them. This has been on ongoing issue for past semesters. I come here to study and receive the education I pay for. I find it awfully disrespectful that this is hindered whenever I step foot into Bird Library.

I am sorry that you have had difficulty locating a quiet space within the Libraries–seems to be a perennial problem.

The third floor of Bird is not a designated quiet space. Our website lists a number of designated quiet study areas in the Libraries, including the 2nd, 4th, and 5th floors of Bird. If you need more quiet, try the Quiet Reading Room on the lower level, where quiet is the rule. You might also consider heading to Carnegie Library, where the Reading Room is designated quiet study space.

You can report problems of any sort until midnight by calling or texting the Helpline at 315.416.7047. After midnight, the security office in Bird Library can be reached at 315.443.9754. If people are still unruly, Libraries’ staff will enlist the aid of Public Safety in addressing the issue.

Thanks again for writing us!

by Pamela McLaughlin

Issues with private study rooms

Posted on April 25, 2017

Some people who get private rooms in the library will urinate in the trash can rather than going to a restroom. Please, if possible, keep track of these people and prevent them from getting private rooms again. Second, please make more of an effort to clean private rooms. Third, keep trash cans outside private rooms and not inside.

Thank you, we’ve received your message and will be reviewing the issues you’ve mentioned. For the quickest response to any problem with a study room, please let the staff know at the Check-out Desk on the first floor.

by Melinda Dermody

Database access for alumni

Posted on April 25, 2017

Is there any way that SU can allow remote database access to its alumni for a fee? I am confident that this service will be used by many graduates of SU. The benefits can be mutual as SU can charge a fee for a monthly/yearly subscription. Kind regards!

Thank you for your suggestion regarding alumni access to Libraries’ resources. Continued access is a real need and scholars are creating a number of workarounds to fill the gap [].

In most cases, vendor restrictions preclude us from providing access to licensed online content to anyone other than current students, faculty, and staff. A few vendors (ProQuest, EBSCO, and others) have packaged alumni versions of their materials, which are typically a subset of the full collection.

We offered two ProQuest databases for a few years that were promoted through the SU Alumni Association and our library friends organization, however use was negligible and the cost was steep, so we discontinued it as of January 1, 2014.

Therefore, access to our databases, e-journals, and articles is only available on campus. Alumni and donors can register at the Bird Library circulation desk to obtain a computer key to use.

Our Alumni Resources page ( highlights some of the resources that are still available to alumni, as well as some publicly available ones that are also free for anyone to use.

by Julie Sharkey

Trash receptacles needed

Posted on April 21, 2017

Please provide trash bins closer to printers 1B and 1C.

Thank you for your suggestion. We will make trash and recycling bins more obvious in those areas.

by Lesley Pease