Is there wifi (wireless internet) ? How do I access the wifi network? Can guests use wifi?

Yes, there is WiFi (wireless internet) in the Library that both guests and Purchase affiliates can use. Both are managed by CTS.   There are two WiFi networks with the following names:

PurchaseWiFi:  Students, faculty, and staff should choose the “PurchaseWiFi” network. The username is your Purchase email username (firstname.lastname WITHOUT the and the password is your Purchase email password.  You should only have to enter your username and password once to have access.

PurchaseGuest: Guests and visitors to campus should choose the “PurchaseGuest” network The password changes at least twice a year.  You can ask a library employee at the Circulation or Reference desks for the current password or go to

Note that PurchaseGuest network is limited; it enables you to view webpages and use most apps, but not to use high-bandwidth services like Skype, video streaming, etc. On mobile devices, the guest network may also prevent off-campus email accounts from refreshing (such as Gmail or the Mac OS mail app). To get around this, access your email via a web browser, rather than an app or mail client.

For more info, see the Connecting to Wireless Page.

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What are the Library’s hours?

The Library’s current hours are available on the Hours page.
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What software is on the computers (PC and Mac) in the Library?

The Library has both PCs and Macs for you to use. CTS provides a full list of software and hardware in the Library’s computer labs.

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Does the college provide any free or discounted software?

Yes! Purchase College offers software through a vendor at a discounted rate. We also encourage students to check out their nearest computer lab, which includes a plethora of software at their disposal. For more information, just visit the Downloads page.

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How do I make an article from a library database viewable for my off-campus students?

As a faculty member, you are encouraged to link directly to the Library’s subscription databases and online journals, just as you would link to any website or resource on the Internet, from within your Moodle course pages. This is a best practice for a number of reasons. 

  • Accessibility. Many databases offer text-to-speech options and provide stable, searchable, and accessible PDFs 
  • Ensures compliance with copyright
  • Builds research skills by familiarizing students with various databases and interfaces
  • Allows students to take advantage of value-added features such as citation generator, exporting to citation managers, and availability of various file formats.

In order to make resources from the Library’s subscription databases and online journals available to students who may be accessing Moodle from off-campus (remote user access), you must include the EZProxy prefix code in the item’s URL.

The EZProxy prefix code is:

This bit of code must be placed before the rest of the article’s URL in order to make it available from off-campus. This can be done by following a few simple steps:

  • locate the desired article in our online databases / journals
  • look for the document’s persistent or durable URL, within the context of the item, not in the browser address bar
  • When using ProQuest Direct, for example, click on “Copy Link” to copy the article’s durable URL and then add the EZProxy prefix code before the rest of the URL
  • Copy and paste the EZProxy code into the URL field when adding a new resource “link to a file or website” in Moodle
  • Copy and past the article’s URL so that it appears after the EZProxy code


To Display a link on the front page of your Moodle course:

  • Make sure that editing is turned on, click the ‘Turn editing on’ button on the upper right side
  • In the section where you want the file to show up, click on the Resources pull-down menu and select the ‘URL’ option
  • Enter into the Name field the text you want to use to describe the link on the front page of your course
  • You must enter a description of the link in the Description area
  • Under the “Content” heading, paste in the item’s External URL. Remember to include the EZProxy prefix code if the item is from the Library’s subscription resources
  • Click the ‘Save and return to course’ button

Remote users will be prompted for Database User Authentication and will login using their username (firstname.lastname - do not include and Purchase email password.

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How can I put materials on physical reserve at the Library for students to access?

Books, DVDs, Blu-rays. VHS tapes, CDs, and LPs can all be put on physical reserve at the Circulation Desk in the Library by placing requests through the Library Reserves block in Moodle.

Faculty must first add the Library Reserves block to the Moodle course(s) for which they plan to place library materials on physical reserve. 

Digital versions of articles and book chapters can be uploaded into your Moodle course using the File Picker

For policy details and complete directions on how to place library materials on physical reserve, see the Library Reserves guide.

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How do I pay a fine at the Library?

All Library fines are paid through Student Accounts. Go to My Heliotrope for further information on paying your bill. The Library no longer accepts payments of any kind at the Library service desks.    

If you have any questions about fines, please speak to a Circulation Supervisor, either in person or by calling (914) 251-6401. 

If you have graduated or no longer have a current More Card, and need to pay an outstanding fine, contact Marsia Riley either by email or phone (914) 251-6403.

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Who can borrow Library materials?

Purchase College students, faculty, and staff who present a valid Purchase College ID card may borrow library materials according to the loan periods specified on the Borrowing & Renewing page.

Visitors with the following affiliations may borrow books and materials from the circulating collection (appropriate identification is required):

  • Friends of the Library
  • Manhattanville College students and faculty
  • Students and faculty from SUNY institutions
  • Faculty from WALDO (Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization) institutions

Guests and community members not affiliated with the above institutions do not have borrowing privileges but are welcome to visit us and use library materials on location.

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Does the Library have a fax machine?

No, the Purchase College Library does not have a fax machine for public use.

There is a fax machine for public use in the campus Bookstore

Sending a fax within the United States costs $1.00 for the first page and $0.50 for each additional page. Faxing documents to Canada and other countries is more expensive.

If the Bookstore is not open, you may want to try one of the following Internet fax services. (Please note, the Library does not endorse any particular fax service.) Free. You get five free faxes per day, for faxes of three pages or less.  Cannot receive faxes. Free. You get two faxes per day, for faxes of three pages or less. You can sign up for a free 30 day trial but must remember to unsubscribe or you will be charged a monthly fee.  Cannot receive faxes. Free. You get up to 5 pages for free. After that, it’s 99 cents per fax for faxes up to 10 pages and 20 cents for every additional page. You can send international faxes. Cannot receive faxes unless you pay for a monthly plan.

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What is ILLiad?

The Interlibrary Loan Internet Accessible Database (ILLiad) is the resource sharing management software used to process all interlibrary requests at Purchase College. The ILLiad system allows users to place requests, track requests, check due dates, request renewals, and view interlibrary borrowing history.

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Where is the TLTC located?

The Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center is located in the Purchase College Library, on the lower level.

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Do I have to submit a paper copy of my Student Project to the Library?

No, you do not have to submit a paper copy of your Student Project (senior project, capstone paper, or master’s thesis) to the Library. All Student Project submissions to the Library must be done via Moodle. The Library does not require and will not accept paper copies of Student Projects.

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How do I access my Reader Dashboard in Moodle?

Readers on Student Projects (senior projects, capstone papers, and master’s theses) can manage project invitations and move quickly between student project spaces at their Reader Dashboard in Moodle. The direct link to the Reader Dashboard is:

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I cannot print a document that my professor put in Moodle. What should I do?

Sometimes a professor will upload a document file to Moodle in “protected mode” or “protected view.” This makes it harder for unauthorized persons to edit and alter the document. Because editing is disabled, printing a “protected” Microsoft Word document requires an extra step.

To print a Microsoft Word document that is in “protected view,” you must download the file from Moodle and save it on your desktop before you will be able to “enable editing” and print the file.

Instructions (for Microsoft Word on a PC. Word for Mac should behave similarly)

1. In Moodle, click on the title of the document you want to download. A dialog box appears.

2. Click “Save.”  (Do NOT choose “Open,” or you will not be able to print the document.)

3. Choose to save the document to the desktop or a USB flash drive.

4. Wait until the document has finished downloading, then click “Open.”

5. Click “Enable Editing” in the beige-colored bar at the top of the MS Word document.

6. You should now be able to select “Print” from the File Menu or Windows Menu and print as you would any other Word document.

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How do I find a DVD, Blu-Ray, or VHS at the Library?

The DVDs are on the First Floor next to the Reference Area. The Academic Film Collection is to the right of the Reference Desk. The Popular Film Collection begins after the Academic Collection and Blu-Rays and wraps around on the shelves to the left of the Reference Desk. More information about finding films and video at the Library.

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Does the Library have headphones I can borrow? Are there viewing / listening rooms?

Yes, you can borrow headphones from the Circulation Desk.

The Library also have rooms where you can view films or listen to CDs and LPs. There are viewing/listening rooms in the Media Resource Center and listening stations with turntables in the Music Collection. Just ask at the Circulation Desk and they’ll set you up with a room and let you check out headphones.

You can also watch DVDs on any public computer with a DVD/CD drive, as long as you use headphones.

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Are there vending machines in the Library? Can I buy food in the Library?

Yes! Vending machines with snacks, cold beverages, and coffee are located in the 2012 Lounge. The 2012 Lounge is located near the Director’s Office and the restrooms, just around the corner from the Popular DVD Collection shelves. Please enjoy, but kindly clean up after yourself. We need your help keeping the Library clean so you and others can continue to enjoy this service. If you experience problems or errors with the vending machines, please contact the Circulation Desk. Refunds are issued by the More Card office.

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How do I view materials in Special Collections & Archives?

Please see the Special Collections & Archives page for more information.

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Does the Library have popular fiction? Where is the popular reading collection?

Yes, the Library has a popular reading collection! You can browse fiction, nonfiction, leisure reading, and bestsellers on the popular reading shelves located on the first floor, to the right of the Reference Desk when you’re coming down the steps from the Library entrance. Books in the Popular Collection are shelved alphabetically by author’s last name.

You can search for specific books in the popular collection online using the Library’s catalog. You can find graphic novels in the catalog as well or browse the graphic novel collection, located directly across from the popular reading shelves.

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Does the Library have graphic novels and comics? Where are they?

Yes, the Library has graphic novels and comic books. They are located on the main floor, just beyond the Reference Desk. For more information is available at the Graphic Novels collection page.

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Where can I find information on senior projects / capstone papers / master’s theses?

Please see the Student Projects guide which includes information about submitting senior projects, capstone papers, and master’s theses. It covers setup of the Moodle Student Project space, the research process, locating senior projects from past years, formatting the project, and final submission steps.

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  • How do I print from my laptop? Is there remote or wireless printing to the library printers?

    You can print remotely from your laptop or your mobile device to library printers!

    Who can use web or mobility printing? 

    Anyone with a current Purchase email account and print point allocation from CTS can use the PaperCut Web Print or Mobility system to print from a personal laptop or a personal mobile device. Web and Mobility printing works from on campus, as long as your device is connected to the PurchaseWiFi network.

    There is no wireless printing for visitors unfortunately. Visitors should ask the Reference Librarian about guest printing options.

    Please see the detailed instructions at:

    WebPrint Remote Printing Over PurchaseWiFi.

    Mobility Remote Printing Over PurchaseWifi

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  • Does the library have black and white printers? What about color printers? How much does it cost to print at the library?

    Yes, there is both black and white and color printing in the Library.

    Black and White Printer locations:

    • Two b&w printers in the Reference Area on the main floor (PCs) 
    • Two b&w printers in the DMZ on the main floor (PCs and Macs) 

     Color Printer Locations:

    • Two large format* color printers in the DMZ on the main floor (PCs and Macs)
    • Three large format* color printers in the Reference Area on the main floor (PCs)
    • One large format* color printer in Lab 1004D (PCs)
    • One large format* color printer in Lab 1004C (PCs)
    • One large format* color printers in Lab 1004B (Macs)

    *Note: “large format” color printers are able to print on 11 x 17 paper (Tabloid) as well as 8.5 x 11 (Letter) paper.


    The following campus buildings also have color printing:

    • New Media Lab in Natural Sciences (NSS 1013)
    • Labs in the Visual Arts building
    • Design Technology Labs (Social Sciences)
    • Natural Sciences Planetarium Lab (NSS 1063)
    • CTS Printing Station in Social Sciences (SS 0025)
    • Humanities Mac Pro Lab (HUM 2034)
    • Humanities iMac Lab (HUM 1054)

    There is also an EPSON Stylus Pro 9900 plotter printer and a 3D printer in the CTS Printing Lab (Social Science Building, Room 0025). The plotter prints large scale items, such as posters, in color and costs 600 print points per square foot.

    Costs and Print Allocation

    Each student receives a print allocation at the start of every semester.  All printing costs are automatically deducted from your print quota at the time of printing. Your balance appears as a box on the screen.

    • Printing in black and white costs 5 points per page for one-sided printing, and 2 point discount for double-sided printing.
    • Printing in color costs 35 points per page.
    • Large Paper Surcharge: 11 x 17 (ledger) prints are charged twice the rate of 8.5 x 11 (letter) prints

    For detailed information regarding labs and printers, please see the Computer Labs page.

    For more information about pricing and refunds, see the CTS Print Management webpage.  

    For detailed instructions on how to print in color, please see our Step-by-Step FAQ on how to print in color.


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  • Where can I save my work when using a lab computer?

    Do not save your work to any public lab computers!

    Alternatively, save to your home directory, USB drive, or email it to yourself. 

    Save your work periodically as lab machines will time out after several minutes of inactivity.

    A Home Directory is available at

    Please log off when you have completed your work.

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