New to SBU?

Quick start guide for new students at Stony Brook University

Here’s a brief overview of the Libraries and what resources you will find both in the library and online. This is just a small sample of the entire guide to the Libraries for 1st year students.

To borrow books you will need to use your SBU Campus Card. To access online materials available from the Libraries from an off-campus location, log in with your NetID when prompted.


Libraries Locations and Hours of Operation

There are several library branches, but most students at the Stony Brook east or west campuses will primarily be interested in


  • Melville Library, the main library on west campus next to the Student Activities Center. The Music Library is located here, as is Special Collections and Archives.
  • Health Sciences Library on east campus in the Health Sciences Tower (next to Stony Brook University Hospital)

List of all Library Locations and Hours


Places where you can study either alone or in small groups

The North Reading Room inside Melville Library was recently renovated and is now open, offering multiple Zones for students to use depending on their purpose. This includes the new group study rooms. The Central Reading Room, also located in Melville Library is being renovated and will reopen in Fall 2016. The Central Reading Room will also include a number of group study rooms.




Getting answers to your questions, finding help with research and studying

  • Of course students can always ask a librarian in person at the reference desk, or via online chat.

Databases available online for research


  • Frank Melville, Jr. Memorial Library on west campus is the primary library for SBU