Penfield Library supports the academic mission of SUNY Oswego. We will provide services and assistance that facilitate access to the library's resources.

View maps of each floor of the library.



Parking is available in a reserved area in Lot E31, east of the library. For more information about parking for persons with disabilities, go to the Parking at SUNY Oswego site or contact the Campus Parking Office at 315-312-3227.

To make special arrangements for being dropped off near the library's entrances, contact University Police at 315-312-5555.

Automatic Doors

Penfield has two sets of automatic doors:

  • at the main entrance to the library on the front side of the building
  • at the west entrance to the 24-Hour Room, facing Lanigan Hall


Our elevator is located at the back of the lobby.

To check for campus elevator outages, please visit the Facilities Services page


  • Accessible women's restrooms are located:
    • in the 24-Hour Room
    • on the 2nd floor
  • Accessible men's restrooms are located:
    • in the 24-Hour Room
    • in the 1st-floor lobby
    • in the basement of the library.

Drinking Fountain

Wheelchair accessible drinking fountains are available on the 1st floor of the library next to the restrooms.

Library Catalog

There are wheelchair accessible library catalog stations located on each floor of the library.


All public computers are wheelchair accessible. Two of the lobby stations can be adjusted for height. All stations have 21" screens and one lobby station has a trackball mouse. All stations have access to screen reading and screen magnification software.

Retrieving Materials

If you need help retrieving library materials, you may request assistance at the Check-Out & Reserves Desk. If you anticipate needing help with retrieving and reviewing a number of items, please bring your own research assistant.

Semester or Daily Study Carrels

Study carrels are available for students and faculty on a daily or semester basis. These spaces can help by reducing environmental distractions. Special arrangements can be made for individuals who use wheelchairs.

Library Services

Library Liaison for Persons with Disabilities

Chris Hebblethwaite is the library's liaison for persons with disabilities. If you need information about library services, you may contact him directly at 315-312-3060 or

Suggesting Improvements

Please get in touch through Ask a Librarian to keep us informed about problems we need to correct or additional services we might provide.

Research Help Desk

A librarian is available at the Research Help Desk during most hours the library is open. A portion of the Research Help Desk is wheelchair accessible. You may contact a reference librarian in person, by phone, by email, and through our chat service. See our Ask a Librarian page for details.

Appointment with a Librarian

If you need extensive help with your research, you are encouraged to schedule a Research Consultation with a librarian; see the Appointments portion of our Ask a Librarian page.

Adaptive Technology

Microform Enlargement and Printing

The library's microform reader scanner has a zoom feature that allows you to enlarge microform images for viewing. Ask about this feature at the 2nd Floor Service Desk.

At your request, the 2nd Floor Service Desk staff will make electronic copies (pdf) from our microform collections. Use interlibrary loan to submit such a request. Articles requested through this service are normally emailed to the requestor's email address within 24 hours.

Closed Captioning

The library's televisions for viewing videos or DVDs have closed captioning. Ask about using closed captioning at the 2nd Floor Service Desk.

Other Campus Services

Office of Accessibility Resources

The Office of Accessibility Resources is located in 155 Marano Campus Center. This office is responsible for providing academic support services to students with disabilities. Personnel in this office can be contacted by calling 315-312-3358.