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A guide to help new students succeed at Stony Brook University.

Don't Let This Be You!

This guide can help.

Off-Campus Access

Library databases and other resources are available both on and off-campus. When accessing resources from off-campus, simply enter your NetID and password (the same ID and password you use for Blackboard) when prompted to authenticate.

For more information check here.

Really Want to Cite Wikipedia?

Try Britannica Online! It's also an online encyclopedia but it's not a wiki so there is less risk of incorrect information.

Once you find your topic, check the bottom of the page for citation information.

Where To Start?

The purpose of this guide is to help new students find their way around the library and locate appropriate material for doing college level research.

Use the tabs above or click on the links below to get more information:

  • Where Can I Find...? Where to look for the type of information you need. Start here if you are lost.
  • Library Hours - Find out when the library is open.
  • Find Articles - A list of places to look for articles for class assignments.
  • Find Books - Find print and eBooks related to your topic. Info on renting textbooks.
  • Course Reserves - Instructors may place materials for supplemental readings on Course Reserves. This material is usually on loan for a short duration due to its high demand. Material will be located at the appropriate library (see below) and available at the Reserves desk. The Reserve desk for the main library is located on the third floor at the entrace to the Main Stacks. Bring your ID card; it is also your library card and you will need it to check out course reserves. Sometimes, reserves are available online through Blackboard course web pages and may be accessed 24/7.
  • Workshops and Tours - Can't find journal articles in the library catalog? Repeatedly losing points on assignments because your citations are wrong? The library offers FREE workshops and tours to help you do the best you can in your classes.
  • Finding a Computer -Can't find a computer in the Main Library SINC Site? Check here to see where computers are available or text 'SINC' to (631)546-8606 (regular SMS charges apply) to find out which SINC sites have open seats.
  • Printing and Photocopying - Get information on printing quotas and photocopying costs.
  • SBU Library Research Guide - Did your instructor request articles from peer-reviewed journals? No idea what that means or how to find one? Can't tell the difference between a primary and secondary source? Never created a References or Works Cited list? Not clear on how to find articles? Take our self-paced, online tutorial to get up to speed quickly. Take 10 minutes to focus on one problem area or go through the entire tutorial in about an hour.
  • Citation/Plagiarism - Find out about tools and sites that offer help with handling citation.
  • Library Locations - Where different libraries are located on campus and a map of the campus.
  • Circulation Information - How much material you can check out, how to check out material, how to renew material online, etc.
  • Film Collection - Need a break from all the reading you've been doing? Perhaps a romantic comedy or maybe a zombie apocalypse is what you need to take the edge off. We have a pretty good collection of DVDs and videos located on the 3rd floor in the Main Stacks which can be checked out for 7 days.
  • Wireless Access (WiFi) - Got a laptop? Wireless access is available in most areas of the library. Find out more about wireless access availability and WolfieNet.

Library Website

Check out the library website @

From the library homepage you can find:

  • library hours
  • articles online in library databases
  • books in the library catalogs
  • research guides on various subjects
  • library news

Lockers for Commuter Students

If you need a place to store your books, bags, etc., lockers are available for a nominal fee in the Commuter Student Study Center on the first floor of the Melville Library, the bottom floor of the Student Activities Center, and the bottom floor of the Stony Brook Union. To rent a locker in the Library or SB Union, visit Room 250 in the Stony Brook Union or call the Faculty Student Association at (631) 632-6517 for more information. To rent a locker in the Student Activities Center, visit the Seawolves Market in the SAC Lobby.

Post Office

There is no longer an official U. S. Postal Service office on campus.

STAMPS -The Barnes & Noble Bookstore located in the Melville Library basement sells First Class stamps, and Seawolves MarketPlace in the Student Activities Center (SAC) sells books of stamps and individual international stamps. The Matthews Bookstore on level 2 of the Health Sciences Center sells individual and books of stamps.

Campus Residences provides mailing services for parcels, Priority, Express and First Class mail in the Irving Residential Mailroom, which is located in Mendelsohn Quad (to the right of the Student Union) from 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM Monday through Friday, and 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM on Saturday. Call (631) 632-4746 for more general information.

Mailboxes for outgoing stamped letters are available at the following locations:

  • The SAC Loop at Engineering Drive
  • Behind the Student Union, near the parking lots
  • Basement level of the Melville Library Building.  When coming out of the elevators, turn left and walk a few steps towards the office that does liaison work with the Provost.  The mailboxes including one for outgoing mail have been moved there.
  • Chapin Hall
  • Hospital Garage

For additional overnight service, Federal Express is located in the Melville Library basement. Normal business hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Call (631) 632-1831 for price and general information.

Suffolk County Bus Transit S60 (going east) stops at the East Setauket Post Office, and the S76 (going west) stops near the Post Office in Stony Brook Village. For more information on bus schedules, visit

For more information, please visit the University Mailing Services website.

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