Binghamton University Libraries are members of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), OCLC SHARES, and Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and are a selective depository for U.S. government publications.
The Libraries support a variety of resource sharing agreements and consortia, including SUNYConnect, the New York State Higher Education Initiative (NYSHEI), South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Consortial purchasing arrangements with other SUNY libraries, Waldoner, and NERL allow the Libraries to purchase resources at favorable rates.
Membership in the Center for Research Libraries provides faculty and students with access to the Center's over 4 million volume collection. The Center has a collection that complements and supplements the collections of the major research libraries of North America. Holdings of particular note are foreign dissertations; foreign newspapers; official publications of all U.S. states and territories and their departments and agencies; and official publications of foreign governments. Materials owned by the Center are available by placing orders through Interlibrary Loan. The Center's collections may also be used on-site. CRL is currently offering a Scholars’ Access Program on a pilot basis. Unlike other CRL collection programs, the Scholars’ Access Program will provide access to material that may not be added to CRL’s physical collection. Examples include: digitization for scholarly research purposes of materials not available via interlibrary loan (e.g. rare books, archival materials), limited-term access to a database or purchase of short-term newspaper subscription in either hard-copy or online format. Please contact Ed Shephard for information about this program. See also our CRL guide.
OCLC membership includes on-site access privileges across member institutions and facilitates resource sharing among member institutions. Through SHARES, its state-of-the-art interlending and document supply program, library materials, including traditionally non-circulating items, are shared among RLG partners in an expedited and cost-effective manner. See the OCLC SHARES Program website for additional information.
The Libraries participate in the SUNY Access Program. Upon presentation of a valid State University I.D. card from one’s home campus, a reader is entitled to the same use of the collection, and the same services and facilities, as the library offers its own community, including borrowing privileges. See the SUNY Open Access Overview for more information.