Dewey Graduate Library, located in Hawley Hall on the downtown campus of the University at Albany, serves students, faculty, researchers, and staff who study and work on the downtown campus. Reflecting the composition of programs on the downtown campus, Dewey Library functions as a graduate level social sciences library, with a collection tailored to researchers in Criminal Justice, Library and Information Studies, Public Administration and Policy, and Social Welfare . Students from other colleges and universities and members of the public are welcome to use the resources at Dewey Library, however UAlbany researchers are given priority use of the computers in the Information Commons.
The collections at the Dewey Library are intended to support the information research needs of the students and faculty affiliated with the academic programs and research centers on the downtown campus. The library is the physical location for core collections of books and academic journals supporting research in criminal justice, information science, public administration, public policy, and social welfare --- these collections combined total over 135,000 volumes. While the Department of Political Science is located on the downtown campus, the bulk of the print collection supporting that program is located in the University Library. The Dewey Library also houses a print collection of reference materials supporting the same programs, including some titles relevant to political science, and a print law collection for New York State and United States federal law.
The University Libraries, including Dewey Library, have been and continue to migrate from print to online information sources. Most major indexing/abstracting sources, many major reference titles, and most of the academic journals in our collection are now available online. Persons affiliated with the University at Albany can access most of the online resources from off-campus. The library subject specialists at the Dewey Library are responsible for selecting and managing the core online resources relevant to the academic programs on the downtown campus.