Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center, located on the second floor of the Student Services Building, houses both the Advising Center and the Learning Center.

Advising Center

The Advising Center provides support that students need to successfully navigate their academic programs at Purchase—from the summer before their freshman year to the completion of their senior year. Its advisors help students:

  • understand academic requirements
  • choose courses and majors
  • select a permanent faculty advisor
  • make good use of the college’s varied academic support services
  • find answers to last-minute questions

Students who have not yet declared a major are particularly encouraged to meet with an advisor in the center for guidance. Continuing students should meet regularly with their faculty advisors, using the services of the Advising Center as needed.

Learning Center

The Learning Center assists students in learning, developing academic skills, and attaining academic success. It offers a comprehensive system of support, ranging from help in a specific course to detailed instruction in writing and study skills. The modes of support include on-site, peer-based individual and group tutoring; online writing tutoring through the Purchase College Online Writing Lab (OWL); and assistive technology for students with disabilities.

Peer tutors are nominated by faculty members and receive effective training in tutoring at the beginning of each semester. Writing and foreign language tutoring are available throughout the academic year. In addition, peer tutors provide support in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, statistics, and environmental studies at the Einstein Corner in the Natural Sciences Building. Tutoring is also provided for selected courses as need arises, and the staff will assist students in forming a study group for any course the college offers.

Center for Production Services

The Center for Production Services provides the college’s academic schools, conservatories, centers, and departments with an array of essential digital resources and support. It is located on the lower level of the Purchase College Library.

Library

The Purchase College Library offers a blend of digital and print resources, including more than 85,000 unique, full-text online journals, magazines, and newspapers, and more than 230,000 print volumes. Students, faculty, and staff can access the library’s wide range of online resources from any location by visiting www.purchase.edu/library. 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 (as well as scores, recordings, and videos in streaming format). The Digital Collections Center supports the integration of images in classroom teaching, presentations, research papers, lectures, and other educational endeavors. The Special Collections/Archives include rare books and archival publications of the college in a closed stack, which is available on site by appointment.

Computers, Wi-Fi, and Other Technology

As a technology center on campus, the library has more than 200 public computers, both PCs and Macs, and wireless internet access throughout the building. There are two PC labs, a Mac graphics lab, and the Digital Media Zone (DMZ), which includes two digital audio suites and three video/graphics/music classroom labs. A list of the computers and software in the library, maintained by CTS, is available in the CTS Knowledge Base.

Instruction and Subject Specialists
Librarians are available to work with instructors in customizing course-specific instruction to assist users with research needs. Members of the library faculty provide introductory sessions for all sections of College Writing and typically provide instructional and guided research sessions for disciplinary courses at all levels, especially junior and senior seminars and senior capstone courses. Librarians are also available to assist instructors in designing research assignments and to conduct individual research consultations with students, faculty, and staff members. Email ask@purchase.libanswers.com or contact your subject liaison librarian to arrange instructional sessions or research consultations.
Interlibrary Loan
Materials located at other libraries may be requested through the library’s Interlibrary Loan link. Turnaround time for interlibrary loan requests ranges from 24 hours to several weeks, although most items are delivered within two to four days, and all articles are sent electronically. There is no charge for the service. For more information, please call (914) 251-6428 or email lib.ill@purchase.edu.
Digital Collections Center
The library houses the Digital Collections Center (DCC). The primary mission of the DCC is to provide and facilitate access to images, imaging, and related information resources for teaching and research in all departments at Purchase College. The DCC is a campus-wide resource for faculty, staff, and students who need images for educational purposes, including classroom teaching, presentations, research papers, lectures, etc. For questions about the DCC, please email lib.digital.collections@purchase.edu.
Assistive Technology
The library also houses various assistive technologies, intended to offer greater access to software and equipment needed by students with learning disabilities, hearing impairments, or visual impairments. The equipment is housed in the library’s Technology Assistance Office, which serves as a customer service center for basic technology and computer help for all library users. Users who need assistive technology are expected to seek training from the Office of Disability Resources.
Faculty Publications
The library recognizes and preserves the scholarly achievements of the Purchase College faculty. A separate collection of faculty publications, including books, recordings, and films, is housed in the library’s archives. The library also retains circulating copies of publications written by Purchase College faculty. Faculty members are encouraged to donate copies of their works when they can and to notify the library by emailing ask@purchase.libanswers.com when a new publication is forthcoming.
Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center
The mission of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center (TLTC) is to partner with faculty to enhance teaching and learning at Purchase College through the adoption of innovative and applicable pedagogies and technologies. The TLTC offers a wide variety of programming for faculty throughout the year.

Neuberger Museum of Art

The Neuberger Museum of Art is an integral part of Purchase College and a vital center of community engagement as the premier museum of modern, African, Latin American, and contemporary art in Westchester and Fairfield counties. As a teaching museum, the Neuberger renders even the most unfamiliar and challenging content accessible to a wide range of audiences through a variety of educational materials, learning opportunities, scholarly publications, and the presence of well-trained docents. An array of interpretive programs, as well as admission, is always free to members of the Purchase College community.

Performing Arts Center

The Performing Arts Center (PAC) is a unique four-theatre complex, considered one of the finest facilities on an East Coast college campus. The PAC presents an annual professional series in music, dance, theatre, cinema, and family programming. To receive up-to-the-minute information about performances and discounts, follow the PAC on Facebook or Twitter. Also, be sure to check your Purchase email account for event announcements and special offers, which are sent to the campus community on a regular basis. 

The PAC’s ongoing initiatives also encompass artist partnerships, residency activities, and commissions. It has an active and collaborative relationship with Purchase College students, who can take advantage of master classes with the artists, on-site training, internships, job opportunities, and ticket discounts. The PAC also hosts a large number of performances throughout the year for the Conservatories of Music, Dance, and Theatre Arts.

Related Services and Resources:

Campus Technology Services
Career Development Center
Children’s Center
International Programs and Services