Grants of up to $500 each will be awarded to faculty and professional staff each spring for selection of materials supporting professional development, scholarly activity, program/course curriculum needs, or student success.

All material will become part of the Penfield Library Collection and receive a bookplate with awardee name, department, and year grant was issued.

This program is funded through the New York State Coordinated Collection Development Aid grant.


All full- and part-time faculty and professional staff are eligible for grants, regardless of whether or not you have received a library grant previously.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated for:

  • Completeness of application.
  • Impact in supporting the college and its strategic initiatives.
  • Publication dates of materials within the last five years.
    • If you request something older, please provide justification.
  • Priority will be given to:
    • Materials supporting new programs/courses.
    • Achieving a representative mix of the many departments of SUNY Oswego among the grant recipients.

Submission Instructions

  1. Applications are due by 5:00 pm, March 31, 2020.
  2. Provide a prioritized list of items requested. There are format restrictions for eligible items (see below).
  3. For each item, include:
    • Author
    • Title
    • Year
    • ISBN (if one exists)
    • Price
    • Link to item (if you have one)
    • Any notes and comments you think would help us locate this item

Awardees will be notified by email within three weeks of the submission deadline.

Format Restrictions

This program is funded through the New York State Coordinated Collection Development Aid Grant, which requires that materials we purchase are available for resource sharing. As a result, we cannot order:

  • Ebooks
  • Multiple copies of a single item
  • Journals
  • Traditional textbooks
  • VHS tapes
  • Streaming video
  • Download files (PDF, video, etc.)
  • Software

Please contact your department / major's liaison with any questions.

Application Form