Your Research at Penfield Library

Research Help

Librarians will be happy to help you with research questions via any of our Ask a Librarian services. However, our priorities are to current SUNY Oswego students, faculty, and staff.

Student asks her question at the Research Help Desk.

Accessing Library Resources

Books & Physical Materials

Emeriti faculty, alumni, and guests may all borrow library materials, but policies vary for different groups. Here are the borrowing policies for:

College Archives & Special Collections

The Oswegonian, old yearbooks, and other college publications are available online.

Historical images, works by SUNY Oswego authors, and more are available in OswegoDL.

Please contact or visit Special Collections if you have questions or are interested in other sources from the college archives, local history materials, rare books or manuscripts, or oral history recordings.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan services are available to emeriti faculty. More information is available at About Interlibrary Loan.

Databases & Electronic Resources

  • Penfield Library databases
    • On Campus
      Access to online library databases and resources is available on site in Penfield Library using the library’s computers.
    • Off Campus
      Remote access to databases is limited to current students, faculty, and staff, due to vendor license restrictions.
  • NY State database access
    • Novel New York
      NY State residents can access these databases using your driver license or New York Non-Driver ID.
    • New York Public Library
      NYPL library cards and database access are available to all NY State residents.
    • New York State Library
      The New York State Library offers database access through a resident card as well as a Retired New York State Government Employee Card, for which SUNY retirees are eligible.

Residents of states other than New York should check with your public library to see what database access they provide.

If you have a question about access to Penfield Library resources, please contact the Library Director at

Emeriti Recognition

Emeriti faculty and staff can get on-campus recognition and promote access to your scholarly/creative work with Display to Archives.

  • Computers
    Librarians can log you on to our desktop computers with a guest account.
  • Wireless
    We are not able to give visitors access to the campus wireless network.
    • Campus visitors sponsored by a department should ask that department to request guest wireless access for you.
    • If you come from an institution that participates in eduroam, you may connect to the eduroam wireless network here.