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Reference Questions? Email us or Call (718) 780-4513

Westchester Campus Material Request Forms

Mission Statement


Long Island University Westchester Graduate Campus needs and deserves quality library services. The Brooklyn Campus Library is the “parent” library, responsible for providing library services and resources to Westchester students and faculty. Our mission is to provide access to print and electronic information sources to faculty and students at those locations.


Our primary goal is to provide the best service possible to our students. To accomplish this, we plan to communicate on a regular basis with the personnel responsible for the campus, as well as to visit the campus periodically.


·      To work with responsible personnel to insure that every student attends a Library Instruction session.
·      To be proactive and "virtually” present through email, reference chat, web pages and Interlibrary Loan forms.
·      To provide each and every student with library barcodes (to request Interlibrary Loan materials or access off-campus  databases).
·      To work with all extension sites to help us improve our user friendly approach (virtually and physically) and streamline our online “Material Requests” forms.

Services and Resources

Westchester students and faculty can obtain books or articles not available at the SUNY Purchase Library by using the Book or Journal Request Forms of the LIU Brooklyn Library. If you experience any problems with these forms, please contact us. Before submitting a request for a book, please check LIUCAT, the online catalog, to find out whether any LIU campus Library owns the materials that you are requesting. In the event that none of the Long Island University campuses would carry the material you are requesting, we will attempt to obtain it through InterLibrary Loan. .

InterLibrary Loan Requests sent to the Brooklyn library will be processed as quickly as possible, usually within 24 hours. Requested material will be forwarded in an expeditious manner -- either by courier or by fax, and may be picked up at the Reception Desk of the Westchester Campus. Please be aware that the retrieving and shipping of the non-electronic materials may take days or weeks, especially for those items owned by another institution. For database acess, please check the Online Databases and Remote Access section below.


Brooklyn Campus Library

Reference service, InterLibrary Loan, and a circulating collection specific to the LIU curricula are available through the Brooklyn Campus Library of LIU.

The Reference Desk, which is staffed during all hours of library operation, may be reached by calling (718) 780-4513.  When a librarian answers the phone, clearly identify yourself as a student at the Westchester Graduate Campus and then ask your question. You may also email us your reference query; we will answer you back as fast as we possibly can.

Library Catalog (LIUCAT), Online Databases and Remote Access

Two computer labs (rooms 125 and 126) contain a total of 36 PCs which are connected to the LIU network. They provide Internet access and emulate the computer terminals that are available in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Campus Library page has links to the Online Databases and the Library Catalog (LIUCAT), in addition to a full range of pages which describe the library, explain the resources available, provide a staff directory and list a variety of Internet sources.

LIUCAT is accessible from any Internet-connected computer, and appears in the same format as on the computers in the Brooklyn Library. (LIUCAT contains catalog information for all LIU campuses, and for all books at the Brooklyn Campus that were published or acquired after 1980.  Journal holdings and video titles may also be found on LIUCAT.

Most of the Online Databases subscribed to by LIU Brooklyn Campus Library are available remotely. The databases are therefore available from your home or office computer. No library barcode is needed access the databases off campus. Please use your LIU credentials (LIU email username and password) to access the databases and your library account remotely. For more information, please see the LIU's New ID Card and the Library LibGuide.

IntraLibrary Loan and InterLibrary Loan

Materials may be borrowed from the LIU collection using a valid LIU ID card to which a library barcode has been affixed.  The number represented by the barcode is what authorizes the transaction. You may also request materials which are not available at LIU or at Purchase, through Brooklyn’s Westchester-dedicated Interlibrary Loan page, or call the Desk at (718) 780-1679. Interlibrary loan requests may also be made using the electronic forms available on the library web site. Processing of these requests is usually done within 24 hours, but it may take several days (or, in the case of ILL, more than a week) for the material to be delivered to the Westchester Campus reception desk.

When the requested book or article arrives, it will be held in your name at the reception desk. Loan periods vary by type of material and according to the policies of the lending institutions. Check the due date of everything you borrow and return it to the reception desk promptly.

The LIU Reserve Collection and ERes

Books, journal articles, or other materials placed “on reserve” by LIU faculty are kept at the Purchase College circulation desk.  When requesting this material, please identify yourself as an LIU student, and provide as much information as possible about the material that you need.  Some reserve materials are available through Brooklyn’s electronic reserve system, called ERes.  Please search ERes for reserve materials. Your professor will indicate which materials are available electronically and can provide passwords for accessing the material.

The Library at Purchase Colelge

Students, faculty, and staff of Long Island University’s Westchester Campus may use the services and collections of the Purchase College Library.

The Library contains approximately 255,000 volumes, plus collections of microforms, sound recordings, slides, computer files, video recordings and films. It subscribes to over 1,000 periodicals and around 100 indexing and abstracting services. The Library is also a partial depository for U.S. government documents. Most of the Library’s collections are shelved on open stacks (once you have the call number for an item, you can go directly to the shelves and retrieve that item yourself).

A number of printed guides to the Purchase library are available, as is a self-guided tour.  Reference librarians are available to help you find what you need, and to give library instruction. Books may be borrowed using a Purchase College ID card, which has been properly bar-coded in the Library.

Created by P. Tremblay, P. Salber and I. Wang
Update by I. Wang 2/14
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