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Library Services Fall 2020

When will the Library re-open?
The FIT Library will operate remotely through December 2020.

The Library plans a phased re-opening of the library building in concert with updates from the college administration. Any re-opening dates and services will be widely shared through the Library’s regular communication channels which include the FIT website, emails, newsletters, and social media platforms. 

Online Library Services Fall 2020

The FIT Library provides online research and instruction support for our faculty, staff, and students. “Ask the Library” services are available seven days a week - Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm and Saturday - Sunday 12pm - 7pm. 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
Each weekday from 1pm to 2pm, and Mondays and Wednesdays from 5pm to 6pm, a librarian is available for video conference drop-in consultations. To access, log in to Blackboard, and select the FIT Library tab on the top navigation bar. 

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 Fall 2020 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 to 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.

Onsite Library Services Fall 2020

Limited Scanning from our Collection
Limited scanning from books at FIT is available to faculty, staff, students, and tutors. Use the online request form to submit your request (you must be signed into your FIT Google email to view the form). Requests may take up to 5 business days to process. Requests must be copyright compliant, such as one entire chapter of a book. Requests outside of compliance will be canceled. 

Self-service scanning at a BookScan station is temporarily unavailable on the 5th floor lobby of the Library. We hope to resume service in January. Make a reservation to guarantee a socially distanced time slot using the BookIT system. Onsite library users must comply with college guidelines regarding Covid-19 safety protocols. There is no onsite support for this service.

Library Materials

As of November 25, curbside pick up is currently suspended for the rest of the Fall 2020 semester. Due dates will be extended to accommodate this change in service.  We hope to resume service in January. 

Very limited access to library books and DVDs is available to FIT faculty, staff, tutors and graduate students, undergraduate and non-credit certificate program students using “curbside” pickup in the Goodman Lobby. Requests are made through OneSearch, using the “Request for Curbside Pick Up” link once you are logged in

Reservations are required to schedule a pick-up
Plan ahead, turnaround time may take up to one (1) business day or longer based on staff availability. Requests received after 5pm will be processed the following business day.

Step-by-step instructions, loan policies, and a video tutorial for requesting material and pick up hours can be found on the Borrowing Materials page. We reserve the right to recall checked out material if necessary.

Browsing in the Main Stacks or Periodicals is currently unavailable to the FIT community.

Materials that were checked in the Spring 2020 semester have a due date of September 16.  Library material checked out with a December 22, 2020, the due date has been extended to February 16, 2021, if you are currently enrolled for the Winter/Spring semesters. If you are not enrolled and need an extension, please contact us. Any accrued fines from 2020 semesters will be waived and holds on accounts will not be applied. Use My Library Account to view all material you currently have checked out (you must be a currently enrolled student to access this feature). 

Having problems renewing your books? You may have maxed our your renewal limit, but please email [email protected] for assistance. We will accommodate you. 

Ready to return your library books? Drop off for library material is available in the Goodman Lobby or by mail. Please see the Loans & Renewal page for instructions and drop off hours.

Are you trying to return a textbook rental that you got through the FIT Bookstore?  Click for important 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
We are currently accepting article/book chapter requests from FIT patrons if available in digital format; however, we are unable to accept physical material (as of 11/17) and e-book requests. Article/books chapter requests are usually filled within 3 business days, but may take longer. Please be mindful of the number of pages you are requesting, for example, some libraries can't and won't physically scan over 75 pages of a chapter. 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)
A limited number of appointments to view SPARC materials are available for FIT faculty, FIT graduate students, and Museum at FIT staff.
Please see SPARC's Visit page for details.

Visitor Access
The Library remains closed to visitors from outside the FIT Community until further notice. 


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 2020 page for information about classes, campus events, health updates, travel restrictions, and preventative measures. 

For other questions not addressed here, you may reach us through:

last updated 11/19/2020