Albany Campus Library Services

When you’re on the Albany Campus, you will be automatically taken to library resources and databases.  If you’re off campus, you will need to log in to library resources with your SUNY Polytechnic Institute network ID, or SITNetID.

If you don’t have a SITNet ID, and you are a staff or faculty member, please contact Human Resources to establish an account.  If you are a CNSE graduate student who has not yet transferred to SUNY Poly, you will not be able to get a SITNet ID until you begin coursework as a SUNY Poly student.  All new SUNY Poly students should contact the SUNY Poly Help Desk to get help with account issues.

SUNY Poly’s Library is working to add needed research materials for all SUNY Poly students, faculty, and staff.  To see what resources are currently available, please browse our Library Databases or search for specific journals using SUNY Poly’s Journal Locator.  If you want to search across all of SUNY Poly’s resources, use the Poly Discovery Service, which is available from the Library’s Homepage.

SUNY Poly’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services are available to all SUNY Poly students, faculty, and staff.  Our ILL system, ILLiad, uses your NetID as a log in.  If you need to use ILL services, please contact HR for an account if you are a faculty or staff member, or contact the IT help desk if you are a student.  If there is an urgent need for ILL services, please contact the SUNY Poly library ( to create a temporary account.

Articles typically take 1-3 days for delivery via email, with a link to the pdf emailed to you.

SUNY Poly’s Library will also mail ILL books or books owned by the Cayan Library at the Utica Campus to Albany for Faculty, Staff, and Students.  Return shipping instructions, labels, and materials will be included when we send books.  Books will be sent to CNSE with an attention message to the requesting person, and routed to your office area. When done, use the return label/return packaging and drop the material in CNSE shipping/mail locations or at a UPS shipping location off campus if that is more convenient.

Request materials to be sent to Albany

Ensure that you choose “Albany” as your location when you set up your ILLiad account.  Just request books via ILLiad to be sent to you, and they should arrive within a week, depending on the speed of the library who lends us the material.  We will ship materials direct to you, so please indicate the address you would like books mailed to you when you create your ILLiad account.

Please let us know if you would like us to consider subscribing to a resource.  Send subscription suggestions to the library (  If you would like us to purchase a specific book, please submit the book suggestion form. We will respond to you regarding our ability to subscribe or purchase the material you requested.
Although there are no librarians currently at the Albany Campus, we offer a variety of services, as part of our Ask a Librarian services for students, faculty, and staff research assistance.  See the Ask a Librarian Page for our email, phone, and chat contact information.  If your research is in depth, Librarians can also set up a web meeting to help.
The University at Albany Libraries provides access to the spaces and collections in its multiple University Libraries locations for students from any SUNY institution.

The library circulation policies for SUNY students and faculty is available on the U Albany Libraries Circulation page.

SUNY Poly students, as visiting SUNY students, can access the following at the U Albany Libraries:

  • Wired computer access in the information commons areas of the University Library, Science Library, and Dewey Graduate Library, as well as the Interactive Media Center and Mac Lab in the University Library.  SUNY Poly students will need to ask for a guest password that renews every month.
  • Printing is available by purchasing a print card, and funds can be added to the print card at kiosks in the University Libraries.

SUNY Poly students may also use the study spaces in the University Libraries, which have extensive hours.  Please check the U Albany Libraries hours page for hours.

SUNY Poly students are not eligible to reserve group study rooms.

Guest wireless access is not available.

Directions and information about University Libraries Locations are below:


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