Undergraduate Students

Materials & Circulation Information

Borrowing Information

Loan period: End of currently enrolled semester

Number of renewals: 3

Maximum number of items out: 50 items

– View Fines & Fees here 
– My Library Account

Course Reserves

Click the link above to search for course reserves.

To borrow items on Course Reserves, students must show their current SBU ID card at the circulation desk in the library where the material is housed.

You may borrow up to 4 items.

*Reserve material must be returned to the circulation desk where the material was borrowed.*

Resource Sharing

The Resource Sharing unit strives to make resources available by providing electronic or physical delivery of material from library collections.

Services offered by Resource Sharing include:

Interlibrary Loan

Document Delivery

Library Catalog

All Catalogs

Locating Materials

Stony Brook University Libraries uses the Library of Congress classification system. The Health Sciences Library uses the National Library of Medicine classification.

Click to view the Main Library Stack Directory (Melville Library, enter on 3rd floor)


A hold can be placed on an item that is due within two weeks. A hold allows the item to be held at the Circulation desk for the requesting patron. Holds cannot be placed on Reserve material.

Patrons who request a Recall or a Hold will be notified by email once the material becomes available. The material will be held for 10 days from the date of notification.


All material (except audio-visual material or items on Reserve) can be recalled.

The original borrower will receive an email notification about the new due date. Patrons can place recalls online through the West campus catalog or the Health Sciences catalog.

Failure to return a recalled item will result in overdue fines.

Laptop Loan Program

Borrow a laptop from the service desk in the North Reading Room and use it anywhere.

Recommend a Library Resource

We welcome suggestions for new resources from Stony Brook faculty, students, and staff. Recommendations will be shared with the liaison librarian for your subject area.