Everyone is welcome to use the St. Lawrence University Libraries, however, borrowing policies vary by an individual's relationship to the University. Most materials housed in libraries are available for checkout (with an AVAILABLE designation in the libraries' catalog) at the Circulation Desks. Other materials, such as periodicals, reference materials, and special collections may not be checked out. These materials have a designation of IN LIBRARY USE ONLY in the catalog.
Course-related research instruction is offered by librarians at the request of faculty members for courses at all levels. While the development of library skills is an integral part of the curriculum of the First Year Program, introducing students to research as well as to critical and evaluative skills and the continued development and honing of these skills is a four-year process. Course-related instruction is one way to accomplish this.
Our research consultation program connects you with a librarian on the reference staff who can give you more extensive one-on-one help with a research paper or project. This help involves assisting you in assessing an assignment, devising a research strategy, and reviewing indexes and databases appropriate to the assignment.
Articles, Journals, and Research Databases
Option 1: Access to the library's research databases and films on Kanopy is available via the Library's Database List. Select the "off-campus link" found in each database's description. Access is available to all SLU students, faculty, and staff. Note that some database features may not be available using this option.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that links libraries together to create an Internet of their collections. By sharing the materials in their collections Interlibrary Loan allows library patrons to access materials beyond the scope of any one collection. By utilizing networked information technology, ILL has a global breadth. St. Lawrence University faculty, students, and staff are eligible to use Interlibrary Loan services. Residents of St. Lawrence County who have a valid St. Lawrence University Libraries borrower’s card may also use ILL.
The GIS Program at St. Lawrence University is one of many services offered by the Libraries and Information Technology Division. Located on the top floor of the Launders Science Library, we provide instructional, technical and research support to the St. Lawrence University community in the use of geospatial software and technology. We offer instruction and support relating to Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing and Global Positioning Systems.
Want to quickly create a webpage that highlights course-specific scholarly resources for your students? A Course-Specific Library Page allows you to provide: Links to reserve readings, citation guides, links to research tools such as journal databases, web sites, reference titles, library tutorials and contact information for students to get assistance. To request that an item be placed on reserve, please review the Reserve Readings page.
Book and video orders are accepted from all St. Lawrence faculty and staff. Students and other North Country residents may also recommend books, videos, and other items for purchase by the Library.
Orders may be placed by e-mail, by phone, through the SLU Libraries' web site, through campus mail, or in person. We accept printed or handwritten orders, e-mail messages, Word documents, marked-up publishers' catalogs, Choice cards, YBP slips, phone calls, etc.
Submitting materials for reserves
Faculty members wishing to place materials on reserve at ODY Library should bring or send a completed Reserves Request Slip with the materials to Lori Locke (5170). To expedite the processing of your reserves, please fill out the forms as completely and legibly as possible.
Faculty carrels are available in the Owen D. Young Library, which has both double occupancy and single spaces. LIT assigns spaces to applicants engaged in scholarly activity three times a year: Fall, Spring, and for the summer months.