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We are the SUNY Potsdam College Libraries

by Glen Bogardus on 2022-11-07T09:51:00-05:00 | Comments

We are the SUNY Potsdam College Libraries, and we are here to help!

Our Mission

The mission of the College Libraries is to forge dynamic partnerships and empower our vibrant academic community to do thoughtful research, explore new ideas, and collaborate effectively, to achieve success at Potsdam and beyond.

The Archives

The SUNY Potsdam College Archives & Special Collections is located on the second floor of Crumb Library, and is SUNY Potsdam's designated repository for the college archives, manuscript collections, and rare books. The College Archives collects, preserves, and makes accessible historical records documenting the history of SUNY Potsdam, from its founding as the St. Lawrence Academy in 1816 to the present. These materials represent campus history from the perspectives of former and current administrators, faculty, staff, and students. Significant college collections include the President’s Office records, the Crane School of Music records, the President's Office records, the Pioneer Yearbook collection, the Racquette Newspaper collection, and many more. The Special Collections unit focuses on select aspects of Northern New York History. Included in these collections are the papers of Congressmen Bertrand Snell and David O’Brien Martin, as well as books and other historic materials that document the Adirondacks, the St. Lawrence River and Seaway, and local history.

Crane Library

Picture of circulation desk in the Crane Library.

The Julia E. Crane Memorial Library is the branch library for music, located in Schuette Hall of the Crane School of Music complex. Since 1927, it has been the music information center for our students, faculty, and local music-lovers.

The collections cover the heritage of Western music, from the ancient Greeks to the newest music, from jazz legend Louis Armstrong to contemporary composer Ellen Taafe Zwilich, from the 16th-century English composer Robert Johnson to the 20th-century Mississippi bluesman Robert Johnson. Printed music, CDs and DVDs, and books and magazines about music and musicians may be found, used, and enjoyed here.

Individual spaces within Crane Library lend themselves to study needs and musical enjoyment. Reading tables are wide enough to spread large printed scores. Within the library is the Crane School's computer lab, where books and scores may be brought for use while writing papers. Comfortable chairs by the large windows at each end of the facility encourage casual reading, and the Seminar Room may be reserved for group study and meetings. Our distinctive listening rooms allow for viewing and listening privately and without interruption.

Do you need help in research? Or recommendations for what to listen to next? Or help looking for music to perform? Ask the Crane Librarian, Edward Komara, and the knowledgeable Crane Library staff, available weekdays and some evenings, and by appointment.

Frederick W. Crumb Library

The Frederick W. Crumb Library is the main library for the SUNY Potsdam community, and is located in the center of the academic quad within the Lougheed Learning Commons.  A busy and service-intensiveTwo students studying place, Crumb Library is always changing in response to what our users tell us they need.

Students can study individually or in groups late night Sunday through Thursday and our group and individual study areas have seating options that range from lounge chairs by a window to study carrels that prevent distractions. We are the largest computer lab on campus with desktops spread throughout the building - more than 60 dual-boot library computers for individual or group use, black & white and color printing, and two scanning stations.

Research help is available in whatever form is most useful and comfortable for you.  We offer a 24/7 chat service and face-to-face help is available with drop-in hours at our help desk or you can schedule an appointment one-on-one or with a group.  We're happy to help you get started or to dive in when things get challenging part way through. 

Student working on a computerAll those services are built around our evolving collections—access to more than 50,000 online journals, 30,000 ebooks, and 400,000 print books. If those resources aren't what our researchers need, our Interlibrary Loan department can get it through partnership with the IDS Project, or through Resource Sharing with other SUNY libraries which provide fast access to millions more items. Crumb Library has also been a member of the Federal Depository Program since 1966, providing print and online access to many federal publications. This library is a congressionally designed depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law (Title 44 United States Code). Crumb is also a New York State Depository Library, receiving a limited collection of New York State publications for use by both the college and local communities.


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Potsdam, NY 13676