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Stony Brook University

International Students

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

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Welcome to the Stony Brook University Library LibGuide for International Students!  We know that you already passed through many challenges to get here, so we want to help you be comfortable and understand American-style academic libraries.  We created this guide because we know that libraries around the world are all a little different.  Please look around this website for a lot of important, basic information about the libraries on campus.  We also have a lot of resources to help you with research and writing.  Also, please do not forget: the librarians are here to help!  Come to the library to ask a question or use the email or chat functions on the website to ask for help.

What can I do at the library?

Libraries are not just for books!  At the library, you can:

  • Find a quiet, comfortable place to study or read by yourself
  • Use computers, printers, scanners, and other technology
  • Reserve a room with computer screens and whiteboards to work with your classmates
  • Join in social and academic activities
  • Play games
  • Borrow books, magazines, movies, and many other materials
  • Get help from a librarian
  • And many more things!

One Campus - Many Libraries

Stony Brooks University is very large - it serves many students and professionals with different needs.  That means there are libraries all across campus that have different resources.  Most students use Melville Library, but there are special collections in different buildings too!

Melville Library:  The biggest library on campus!  It has many rooms, including the Central Reading Room, the Stacks, the North Reading Room, the Music Library, and the university's Special Collections and Archives.  Students use this library for most basic information needs.

The Chemistry Library:  This library collects only chemistry books.  It's in Chemistry Building C-299.

The Health Sciences Library:  Many students come to Stony Brook to become nurses or doctors.  There is a special library for health topics in the Health Science Tower, Level 3 Room 136.  It is on East campus, across Nicolls Road.  You can get there by walking though the tunnel behind the Life Sciences Building.

Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Information Center (MASIC):  You can find this special collection in 165 Challenger Hall on South Campus.

Math, Physics, & Astronomy Library:  This collection is in Physics Building C-130.

Map of Campus Libraries

Map highlighting libraries on SBU campus.

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