Library Services for Spring 2022

Re-Opening Details: Spring 2022 Semester

In-person services are now available as of Monday, January 31, 2022, and are subject to FIT, New York City, and/or SUNY policy. All Library reopening guidelines will be in concert with updates from the college administration. Additional information and updates will be shared through the library’s regular communication channels which include the FIT website, emails, newsletters, and social media platforms. 

Please be advised Library services and/or access may change or cease at any time dependent on college administration directives based on SUNY, state, and city mandates. 

Please continue to refer to the college’s COVID-19 Information website for information about classes, campus events, health updates, and preventative measures. 

Visitor Access

The Library expects to be closed to outside researchers (including alumni) through the remainder of the academic year 2021-2022 (through August 2022). However, starting Monday, March 14, 2022, only current SUNY students, staff, and faculty are allowed visitor access to the Library. Members of the SUNY community must present a current SUNY ID to the Public Safety officer in the Goodman lobby to visit the Library. Please refer to our Visit the Library page for more information. 

Online Library Services Available Now

The FIT Library provides online research and instruction support for our faculty, staff, and students. Ask the Library services are available. Please note service hours are subject to change and the Library is closed whenever the College is closed.  Check the Library hours page for up to date hours.

Get in Touch with the Library: Ask the Library and One-on-One Research Appointments

 Research Help is available in person, and also by chat, phone, text, and email. In addition, current students and faculty can request virtual One-on-One Research appointments.  Ask the Library shows all our online contact options.

Access to ONLINE Library Resources

Remote access to a wide array of online resources, including full-text digital books, magazines and periodicals and over 175 databases is found on the databases page. A number of resources provide worldwide access to our rare or unique print and video materials including FITDIL, SPARC Digital, Archive on Demand, and other special resources found on the digital initiatives page.  You can search the majority of these resources using OneSearch; sign in using your FIT username and password when prompted.

Check out our Finding Online Textbooks and Other eBooks Research Guide for more information on which textbooks are available in an online format through the library's databases.

Online Support For Faculty

The FIT Library can assist faculty with transitioning courses online and provide online library instruction. The Services for Faculty page provides options for FIT Library content and instruction for your course, including:

  • Synchronous (live) or asynchronous online instructional session, ready-made video tutorials, customized tutorials, or a research guide for your class. Use the Library Instruction Request Form to place your request.  
  • Add a librarian to your Blackboard course shell to participate in discussions or build library-related content of your choosing - contact your Library Liaison
  • Assistance on questions about copyright, Fair Use, and related topics as you plan your course as well as access to the Fair Use Evaluator; email Carli Spina ([email protected]) for personalized assistance.
  • Access or create a wide array of Open Educational Resources (OER) that can easily be integrated into your Blackboard course. Check out our guide or email Helen Lane ([email protected]) for more information.
  • Contact your Library Liaison to inquire about any other online course or research support.

Onsite Library Services for Spring 2022

Library Materials

Patrons can request FIT books and DVDs through OneSearch for pick up. Step-by-step instructions can be found on the Borrowing Materials page. Items requested through OneSearch will be processed as staffing allows and patrons will receive an email with pick up information. Items must be checked out prior to leaving the Library either at the self-check out machine or at the Access Services Desk.  Items are available for pick up in the Library Lobby.  Refer to our Library Hours page for pick up times.

Ready to return your library books?

Items can be returned using the indoor dropbox next to the Access Services Desk or with our secure drop box located just outside of Goodman Center (jpg) or by mail. Please see the Loans & Renewal page for additional instructions and information. Please allow several hours for items to be returned on your account. You will receive a return email confirmation once the items are processed.   

Having problems renewing your books? 

You may have maxed out your renewal limit, but email [email protected] for assistance. We will accommodate you. 

Are you trying to return a textbook rental that you got through the FIT Bookstore? 

Click for instructions from the bookstore. Do not return these items to the library as we have no way to get the items to the bookstore and you will continue to be charged for the rental.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is available, but shipping and processing delays may occur. We are currently accepting physical item requests and article/book chapter requests from FIT patrons if available in digital format; however, we are unable to accept e-book requests. Article/books chapter requests are usually filled within 3 business days, but may take longer. Physical items usually take a week to arrive, but shipping delays may occur. Requested Interlibrary Loan items can be picked up at the Access Services Desk. Please be mindful of the number of pages you are requesting as some libraries will not fill a request over 50 pages. Please refer to our FAQ for more information on how to request articles. For questions about ILL email the Interlibrary Loan unit.

Special Collections and College Archives (SPARC)

Appointments to view SPARC materials are currently available for FIT faculty, FIT graduate students, Museum at FIT staff, and outside researchers. Please see SPARC's Visit page for details.

Other Questions?

For other questions not addressed here, please contact us:

last updated 4/27/22 @ 9:13am