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First Year Students: Home

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?

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

Library Information



  • Finding a Computer- 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.

  • WolfieNet - WiFi is available in most areas of the library. 

Post Office

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

STAMPS -The 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
  • 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.

Other Information about SBU

Library Website

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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. To rent a locker in the Library, 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.