High School Group Visits

Our librarians host a number of visiting high school classes per year to help strengthen their information literacy skills and introduce them to the potential of college-level research. These visits are arranged between SBU Libraries and the high school.

Policy on High School Visits:  

  • Requests for late December/January and May are preferred so as not to conflict with existing University class schedules. Availability at other times of the year is limited.
  • It is expected that the library visit will center around an instruction session with a specific purpose, such as finding peer-reviewed articles in resources not available at the high school or local public library.
  • It is expected that the high school library media specialists will have introduced students to basic information literacy skills, such as information search, retrieval, and evaluation.
  • Whenever possible, the high school library media specialist, with the instructor, will serve as the liaison to the SBU Libraries.
  • Students in grades 10- 12 are eligible to visit.
  • There is a limit of 50 students per visit, with a chaperone/20 students. Classes will be held in the library’s teaching labs in the Central Reading Room.
  • Please submit your request no later than four weeks before your desired date of visit.

Use of SBU Libraries by Individual High School Students

High school students are welcome to visit the library individually to use the print collection. 

High school students can apply for a Community Borrower library card that would allow them to check out books. Application and additional information here

Computers in the University Libraries are intended for the academic and professional use of current University students, staff, and faculty. 

Additionally, access to library databases is available only to current students, staff, and faculty. See this guide for help in locating open access resources to support your research.

If you have any questions, contact Christine Fena, Undergraduate Success Librarian, librarysessions@stonybrook.edu, 631-632-1698