Please be aware of new library policies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on Spring 2021 adjustments, click here. 

Below you will find news on adjustments made by the University Libraries for the Spring Semester. For complete information, please visit the official UAlbany COVID-19 page.

Library Hours

The University, Science and Dewey libraries will offer the following hours for the Spring Semester February 1, 2021 through May 15, 2021. 

For the most up-to-date information on hours, please stay tuned to this page and refer to our Weekly Hours page. 

Adjustments to Library Policies

Access to Library Collections:

Contactless pickup is available to University at Albany Students, Faculty and Staff at the University and Dewey Libraries. In response to COVID-19, the University Library are not accepting applications or renewals of borrowing privileges for alumni and community borrowers.

Please request items using the Libraries’ Search Tool. Library staff will retrieve requested items, and users will receive an email notification to schedule a pickup date and time. Items will be checked out to users just prior to the scheduled pickup time.

Pickup Location Who can use it? How to use it

Self-service Pickup Shelves
@ University Library
@ Dewey Library

Students, Faculty, Staff
  • Self-service Pickup Shelves are located inside the lobbies near the service desk.
  • A UAlbany ID card is required to enter libraries.
  • To maintain confidentiality, requested items will have the users' first and last initials followed by their UAlbany ID numbers.
Curbside Pickup @ Dewey Library Students, Faculty, Staff, Courtesy Borrowers
  • Walk up to the Dewey Library's Western Ave. entrance, and follow the instructions on the Curbside Pickup sign. 
  • Staff will open the door and place requested items outside the door.
Office Delivery Faculty, Staff
  • Supply your UAlbany campus office address on the request form.


Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery:

We will do our best to obtain requested items from other libraries. Our ability to obtain items is dependent upon other libraries’ services and staffing. We may not be able to fill some requests as a result of this. Due dates for Interlibrary Loan materials are set by the loaning library and may not be eligible for renewal.


Returning books, media, and interlibrary loan materials

Please return materials to the book drops outside the University or Dewey Libraries. Please note that it may take up to two weeks for returned items to come off of your account. Return bins are emptied weekly, and materials will sit in quarantine for a week before being processed. If you are no longer in the Albany area, you can return books to another SUNY library. Contact them ahead of time so that you can inquire about their protocols. We will also accept materials mailed via USPS to:

University Library Circulation
1400 Washington Ave., LI-119
Albany, NY 12222

If mailing materials, the library recommends insuring the package to cover any damage or loss resulting from shipping.


Electronic Reserves services are available

The Libraries will make every effort to make book chapters and journal articles available electronically through Blackboard. Physical reserves will not be available for the Spring 2021 semester. Please consult with your subject librarian for alternate online content.

Learn more: Reserves for Faculty 

Equipment Lending

Equipment is available for loan at the IMC service desk. Reservations are recommended but not required.

Please contact IMC for reservation: or 518-442-3607. Extended loan periods are available. See Equipment for Loan

Traditional laptop loans are not available. If you require a laptop, please contact the Dean of Students office at


Many library resources are available from anywhere in the world.

Tools frequently used to access library resources remotely:

For help with these tools, please see:

You may also request journal articles, book chapters, and other digital materials via our interlibrary loan platform, ILLiad.


Course Instruction

iLearn Workshops

iLearn workshops are offered on Zoom this semester.

Last updated:

Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 13:02

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