Welcome: Library Services for Summer 2024

Welcome to the FIT Library!

Every activity undertaken at this library nurtures the FIT community by providing physical and virtual user-centered resources, services, and research assistance. We help students flourish by supporting innovation and by building the information literacy skills they’ll need to achieve success throughout the academic journey and after graduation. 

Beyond the academic support available at the FIT Library, our team produces events and creates resources which display and celebrate the creativity and diversity of our community. Our programs offer industry-related insight into all FIT disciplines. We provide extensive support to faculty, while welcoming various local and international researchers throughout the academic year. Our dedicated personnel are on hand to help with any of your library needs.  

The library’s website offers comprehensive information about the resources and services we present. Can’t find the information you’re looking for? Just Ask the Library! 

The Elevators in the Goodman Center (E Building) now provide direct access to the 4th floor. 4th floor spaces that can be reached more easily include:

  • Special Collections and College Archives (SPARC)
  • Periodicals Reading Room, including Forecasting area
  • Mac Lounge (room E404, formerly Quiet Study Space)
  • FIT Classrooms (E 401 and E402)

Please note that each of these areas has different hours.

For more detail on elevator use and access to various library floors, see Accessibility at the Library

Room E404--formerly one of the Library's Quiet Study Spaces has now been reimagined as the Mac Lounge.

Details coming soon!

There are now separate printers and print-release stations specifically designated as color or black and white only, all clearly marked. There are no other changes to the printing process, but please ask a Lab Monitor for help if needed.

  • ArtForum, the backfile of Artforum (later Artforum International), the leading magazine for coverage of international contemporary art, from its launch in 1962 to 2020.
    Spanning six decades of reporting on art in all media, Artforum offers features, reviews, and interviews relating to artists, exhibitions, publications, and other art world events/trends.
  • House Beautiful, the archive of the US edition of House Beautiful, from its first issue in 1896 to the present.
    The oldest still-published US shelter magazine, House Beautiful not only records the history of interior design, but demonstrates how broader social and cultural trends – e.g. women’s roles, family life, new technologies, and consumer behavior – have manifested themselves in domestic settings for over 125 years.
  • CB Insights,  a comprehensive global database of private companies and investors’ activities, including information about private equity, venture capital, and emerging markets. Tools provide users with quantitative data and profiles of investment firms, individual investors, private companies, and valuations, as well as reports and research articles. View any company’s funding, investors, competitors, partners, and more.
  • Vogue Business, launched in 2019,  it provides a global perspective on the fashion industry, exploring how cultural trends and global patterns will impact fashion businesses, and provides information on how new technologies will shape the way products are developed, marketed, and sold.
  • Trial Databases:
    The library occasionally provides access to some databases that are available for a limited-time only while we review them as possible future subscriptions. They are indicated on our database lists as "Trial databases". 
    Each one is available for a different amount of time but may be discontinued at any time without notice; if you use any of these, please be sure to save/download/email yourself the full text of any articles or reports as you may not be able to retrieve them later.
  • Find these--along with all of our other current online subscriptions--on our Databases page

The Library has reopened to visitors (including alumni and researchers from other institutions) by appointment only, in a limited capacity starting in September 2023.

Current SUNY students, staff, and faculty may access the Library whenever we are open to FIT students and employees. You must present a current SUNY ID to the Public Safety officer in the Goodman lobby in order to visit the Library.

Please refer to our Visit the Library page for more information. 

The Library has many events planned in the upcoming months. Follow our website and social media for details 


Continuing Library Services

These are just a few of the services we offer

Now located on the 5th floor of the Goodman Resource Center in the main Reading Room, the Library Services Desk offers:

  • Information and research help for students, staff, and faculty
  • print course reserves & digital reserves
  • equipment borrowing
  • and more

Our new browsing wall, (opposite the Library Services Desk) features the latest issues of many of your favorite magazines. Peep, Don’t Keep! 

The complete Periodicals collection featuring even more current magazines, plus back issues are located on the 4th floor in E409. 

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.

The FIT Library can provide in-person library instruction, or research content for online or hybrid course use. The Services for Faculty page details the available options 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.

Patrons can request books not available at FIT through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  • We accept physical item requests and article/book chapter requests from the current FIT students, faculty, and staff. However, we are unable to accept e-book requests.
  • Article/book 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 Library Services Desk.
  • Please refer to our FAQ for more information on how to request articles.
  • For questions about ILL email the Interlibrary Loan unit.

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

Check out the latest BookTok sensation or another relaxing read from our new Read to Relax collection on the New Books shelves on the 5th floor of the Library! Browse our popular fiction titles offering options across a wide range of genres including romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and more.  

Want us to consider a specific book or genre? Let us know by filling out our suggestion form! Curious to see what books we have? Check out our reading list!

Other Questions?

For other questions not addressed here, please contact us:

last updated 5/28/24