Library Services Fall 2021

When will the Library re-open?

The FIT Library opened for FIT students and employees on Monday, August 30, 2021. Please refer to our Hours page for more information.

Face masksproperly covering both the mouth and the nose—are required for everyone while in FIT buildings, including the Library.

Library reopening guidelines will be in concert with updates from the college administration for Fall 2021. 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 Campus Restart 2021 page 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 May 2022).

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

Library Help is available by chat, phone, text, and email. In addition, current students and faculty can request virtual one-on-one research appointments. Access Library Help on the Ask the Library page.

Virtual Office Hours

We are no longer offering virtual office hours, however we are still happy to schedule virtual one-on-one appointments with faculty, staff, and students.

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.

We are doing our best to find online versions of textbooks and course readings and make them available to you! Check out our Finding Online Textbooks and Other eBooks libguide for more information. 

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 Fall 2021

Library Materials

Beginning Monday, August 23, Curbside Pick Up will transform into Hold Requests where patrons are able to pick up requested material in Library Lobby anytime the 5th floor of the Library is open. You will need to check out the material either using our self-checkout machine or with a staff member at the Access Services Desk. Items cataloged as "Library Use Only", "Art Reference", "Reserves", "Periodicals" or "Reference" are ineligible to be borrowed for outside use as we are open. 

Step-by-step instructions and loan policies can be found on the Borrowing Materials page.

Ready to return your library books?

Return your library material either at the indoor dropbox next to the Access Services Desk or use 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. Accrued fines from Spring/Summer/Fall 2020 and Spring/Summer 2021 will be waived. Use My Library Account to view all material you currently have checked out (you must be a currently enrolled student to log in). 

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. 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. 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.

Visitor Access

The Library expects to be closed to outside researchers (including alumni) through the remainder of 2021.

Other Questions?

For other questions not addressed here, please contact us:

last updated 11/12/21