Stony Brook University Libraries consist of seven libraries located on the West, East, and South campuses. The Libraries serve the needs of our students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community. With more than 2 million bound volumes, 3,000 print journal subscriptions and access to 54,000 electronic journals, 250 electronic databases, 7,000 circulating videos, and 4 million microform publications, the Stony Brook University Libraries are one of the largest academic library systems in the nation.

Details of nearly every collection, service, database, and catalog, along with hours and events, can be found at

The Main Library

The Main Library, located in the Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library building, is the center of Stony Brook's library enterprise. It is the home to the main stacks (housing humanities and social sciences collections), reference services, the Music Library, the Science and Engineering Library, Special Collections, the map collection, government documents, a patent and trademarks depository, two networked classrooms for research instruction, and a video viewing area.

During the academic year, the Main Library is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to midnight. During intersession and other vacation periods, hours are generally 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and closed weekends. Library hours are subject to change. Call (631) 632-7160 for the updated schedule. Details of nearly every collection, service, database, and catalog, along with hours and events, may be found at

Branch Libraries

The University Libraries encompass five branch libraries. Chemistry, Math/ Physics/Astronomy, and the Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Information Center are located in their departmental buildings. The Science and Engineering Library, located in the North Reading Room of the Melville building, contains reference and circulating collections of biology, computer science, geosciences, and engineering, as well as maps, patents, law books, and government documents. The Music Library, located at the end of the North corridor in the Melville Library building, houses more than 42,000 music recordings including streamed audio for course reserves, 70,000 books, 60 listening stations, 900 performance videos, and 100 periodicals.

The Health Sciences Library is administered separately. For information, visit its Web site at


Video Collection
The University Libraries maintain a large collection of video and cinema titles. Currently, there are more than  11,000 video titles and DVDs to serve campus instructional and cultural needs. Most materials circulate for seven days and may be viewed in designated areas in Main Circulation on the third floor.

Special Collections and Archives
The Special Collections Department offers 18,000 printed volumes, 200 manuscript collections,  and 650 historic maps. The manuscript and rare book collections document and support a wide range of  disciplines. Collecting areas include: Long Island history, the environment, politics, science and technology, and the arts and humanities. The University Archives houses printed, manuscript, and ephemeral materials created by the faculty, staff, and students of Stony Brook University.

Map Collection
Located in the North Reading Room, the collection of 130,000 maps includes:  Aerial, Atlases, Census, GIS, Historical,  Oceanographic, Street, and Topographical maps. To support digital maps, the library also provides GIS software and a loaner GPS unit.

Patent and Trademark Depository Library
Stony Brook University is home to the only U.S. Patent and Trademark Depository on Long Island. Assistance in conducting patent searches may be obtained in the North Reading Room.


Digital Resources
STARS is the Libraries' online catalog, accessible on or off campus via the Library home page. With STARS, you can renew books, find out if a book is checked out, review library fines, and be notified of new arrivals.

The Libraries subscribe to more than 300 electronic databases and more than 40,000 full-text online journals in every field of study. Many articles, statistics, and reports that are no longer available in print, including most indexes and catalogs of these materials, can be accessed online. Some of the better-known databases are: Academic Universe (Lexis-Nexis), Ethnic Newswatch, IEEE,  JSTOR, MEDLINE, PsycINFO,  ScienceDirect, and Web of Science.

Online databases are available from all computers on and off campus. Wireless access to the Internet is available throughout the Melville Library Building and all the branch libraries.

Reference and Instructional Services
Stony Brook University Libraries offer a wide range of services to assist you with your research and studies. Reference Services include walk-in assistance, as well as telephone, e-mail, and chat.

The Central Reading Room is the place where students and faculty often begin their library research. Individualized assistance from professional librarians is available at the Reference Desk, located in the center of the room.This room also offers access to a microforms collection, current periodicals, computer workstations, and disability support services. Instructional Services helps students navigate the electronic information enviroment. Workshops, research sessions, and tours are available each semester.

Circulation Services
Circulation Services oversees the maintenance of all materials housed in the Main Library and the branch libraries on the West Campus, and manages all the functions related to the borrowing and returning of library materials, including course reserves.

The Stacks
Located on the second, third, and fourth floors of the Main Library, the stacks are accessible through our third-floor entrance. The Stacks contain collections of bound journals, books, and audio visual material in humanities and social sciences. There are also a variety of study spaces available on each of these three floors.

Photocopy Services
The Libraries provide copiers for public use throughout the Main Library and the branches. Payment of library fines is accepted in the Photocopy Center, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Interlibrary Loan
Books and journal articles not held by Stony Brook may be borrowed from reciprocating libraries across the country. This service is free and requests are made via the Web through the Libraries' ILL/Document Delivery link.