Visitors & Alumni

Information for Visitors & Alumni

Visitors are welcome at the Stony Brook University Libraries.  The Stony Brook University Libraries provide access to over 2 million volumes and hundreds of databases. Our open stacks policy allows browsing for all users. An SBU Library card is not required when using material (with the exception of reserve material) and resources within the Libraries.
Visitors who need to use material held offsite, please email with the title and call number of the material(s) you wish to use. Only current Stony Brook faculty, students and staff can access online material from off-campus.

The following affiliates are eligible to borrow library material:

  • Registered students possessing an SBU photo ID card
  • Active SBU affiliated faculty / staff possessing an SBU photo ID card
  • Participants in Special Programs, Institutes or Workshops sponsored by the University Emeritus faculty
  • Alumni (contact the Alumni Office for further details at 631-632-6330)

If you are not associated with any of the affiliations listed above, you may be eligible to borrow through one of our Guest Borrower programs.

Guest Borrowers

Guest borrowing privileges are extended to Stony Brook University alumni, local (Nassau and Suffolk County) health practitioners and individuals with Community Borrower Cards.

Guests borrowers are eligible to borrow library books at all campus libraries. Other resources such as interlibrary loan, off-campus access to databases and recalls are not available to guest borrowers.

Registration information


Contact the Alumni Office (631-632-6330) for details about obtaining your alumni card. Bring your alumni card and a photo ID to the Main Stacks desk Monday-Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm to set up your account.

Community Borrowers

Individuals wishing to have borrowing privileges at Stony Brook University Libraries may have guest borrowing privileges by completing a Community Borrower application form. The form and the $60 annual fee can be brought or mailed to:


Community Borrower Program
Main Stacks-Circulation, 3rd floor
Melville Library
Stony Brook University
100 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3339


For more information, please call: 631.632.7115

Local Health Practitioners 

Healthcare providers who live or practice in Nassau or Suffolk Counties are eligible for borrowing privileges at the Stony Brook University Libraries. Please fill out the application (link) and bring your license, a utility bill with your local address and proof of employment (e.g. employee ID card) to the Main Stacks, Health Sciences Library or Southampton Library.

All library users are expected to follow Library and University policies.


Available to Visitors

The Libraries are open to the public.  Check hours before coming.  

Access to Special Collections is by appointment only.

Databases and electronic resources via public computers in the North Reading Room, Central Reading Room, Music Library, Health Sciences Library and Southampton Library.