The Purchase College Library is a resource of central importance to the academic life of the college, as illustrated by its location at the center of the campus. It combines technological innovation with personalized service and instruction. Library services and collections are designed to support the college’s academic emphasis on learning through independent study and exploration.

The library’s collections are a blend of digital and print resources, including more than 60,000 full-text online journals, magazines, and newspapers, and more than 240,000 print volumes. Students, faculty, and staff can access the library’s wide range of online resources from any location by visiting The library has special strengths in the visual and performing arts, including extensive collections of music scores and recordings, digitized art slides, and video recordings.

The library is also rich in technology, with public computing spaces in several areas of the library, including a Digital Media Zone (DMZ), several computer labs, “smart” classrooms, and computer areas specifically designed for group work. There are more than 200 public computers in the library, including both PCs and Macs. Students working on film projects can use an advanced Mac lab to edit their work, and music students can take advantage of the two digital audio suites in the DMZ. The Assistive Technology Room includes equipment and software for students with vision and learning disabilities.The Media Resource Center offers listening and viewing space for audio and visual materials.

Librarians with subject specialties provide individual assistance to students undertaking research and class assignments. In addition to in-person research assistance, the library provides 24/7 online chat reference and a text-message reference service. The library also has an active instructional program, which is integrated with the college’s curriculum and designed to produce an information-literate student body.

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