Skip to main content

Library Service Updates - Fall 2020

Updated August 13,  2020

Dear Campus Community,

Milne Library would like to share the following information regarding library services.  See our our service list details below for more information. Please keep checking this page, as service information is updated frequently. Thank you.

Library Hours - NEW!

Milne Library’s Service Desk is currently closed. We hope to reopen the library’s Service Desk and all its associated services by Monday, August 17th.

For the fall 2020 semester, the Service Desk will operate during the following hours:

Monday:  7:30am to 11:00pm
Tuesday:  7:30am to 11:00pm
Wednesday:  7:30am to 11:00pm
Thursday:  7:30am to 11:00pm
Friday:  7:30am to 9:00pm
Saturday:  10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday:  10:00am to 11:00pm

Item Circulation - NEW!

We are unable to request physical items from other libraries yet, and most of our collection remains in Milne awaiting cleaning. As such, physical item circulation is currently unavailable.

When physical item circulation does become available, it will operate differently than it has in the past. The library is exploring a variety of service model changes in order to minimize unnecessary contact between individuals. “Curbside” pickup is one such model being explored.

Per guidelines put forth by the American Library Association, many libraries across the country are also adopting a 72-hour quarantine rule for all returned books, and Milne will do the same.

Electronic items are still accessible via GLOCAT, and PDF copies of journal articles are still requestable via IDS.

Course Reserves - NEW!

The 72-hour book quarantine rule will apply to Course Reserve items. As such, we can no longer circulate individual items several times per day, which presents major challenges for students that rely on course reserves for their required texts.

We are exploring loan policy changes and other options to minimize the impact book quarantines have on reserve item circulation and will report out specifics in the near future. There will be a Course Reserve collection for the fall semester, but it will likely operate differently than usual.

To SUNY Geneseo faculty:

Please visit the Preparing Your Course Resources to be Remote Ready page for more information about selecting and making library resources available to students for course reserve, classroom assignments, and research projects.

To request that the Library purchase electronic access to a book or film for a class, please use the following request form:

Please also note that the library relies heavily on the book list generated by the campus book store to assist in populating our Reserves collection. If you have not yet submitted your required and recommended readings to the bookstore, please do so soon.

Item Returns - NEW!

Interlibrary loan couriers are starting to resume services across the state, and there is a SUNY-wide agreement to allow items to be returned to any SUNY library. As such, we are now asking patrons to make good faith efforts to return items to Milne for processing.

If you are in possession of Milne-owned items that came due over the summer, due dates have been extended until the end of the 1st week of the semester (September 4th).

For Patrons in the Geneseo / Rochester Area

Book Drop

The library's book drop outside Sturges Hall (on the patio near the gazebo) is open.
  • If you are in possession of any library items (Milne items OR IDS/interlibrary loan items) to return and are still in or around the Geneseo area, you can drop books off at any time.
  • If the book drop is full, please do not leave books around or on top of the book drop. Please contact Dan Ross (; 585-245-5665) so it can be emptied.
  • Please note: all books returned via the book drop will be quarantined for a minimum of three days before they are processed, so please allow several days for your library accounts to reflect any changes.
  • Please note: the book drop is for library materials only. Items rented from the Geneseo Bookstore should not be returned to our book drop.

For Patrons Away From Geneseo

Other SUNY Libraries

Select SUNY libraries are now accepting returns on behalf of other campuses.
A list of these libraries can be found on this guide: Which libraries are currently accepting returns from all SUNY users?
  • All items borrowed from the Milne Library (Milne items OR IDS/interlibrary loan items) may be returned to any of the libraries listed under the “Libraries Accepting Returns from All SUNY Users in a Book Drop” header.
  • If you still have the shipping slips or stickers for IDS/interlibrary loan books, please make sure they are returned with the book(s). The above list will be updated as more campuses begin accepting item returns.
  • If a campus local to you is not listed, check back at a later date, or contact that campus’ library for specific details.

Ship Back to Milne

You can also ship items back to Milne.
To return any library item (Milne items OR IDS/interlibrary loan items), please forward them by Mail, UPS or FEDEX to the following:
SUNY Geneseo
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
Attn: Milne Library
Access to Collections - NEW!

Electronic collections can be found by searching GLOCAT or the Library A to Z Database List.

Teacher Education Research Center (TERC)

  • A select set of materials from TERC will be accessible to loan from Sturges Hall. A list of materials that will be available in Sturges Hall can be accessed at the following URL:
  • The complete TERC collection will be available in the Fraser location.

Main Collection, College Archives, and Special Collections

  • The main circulating collection, College Archives, and Special Collections will be available in the Milne Library @ Fraser location.
  • These collections will not be accessible while the Library is in Sturges Hall.

The following research guides provide alternative sources of information while the physical collections are inaccessible:

Faculty, please visit the Preparing Your Course Resources to be Remote Ready guide  for more information about selecting and making library resources available to students for course reserve, classroom assignments, and research projects.

To request that the Library purchase electronic access to a book or film for a class, please use the following request form:

Research & Reference Help Services

Students, faculty, and staff may seek out research assistance from librarians in a variety of online formats during the remote learning period.

When Chat is available, you will see a bright green “Chat with Us” icon with blue owl on the library homepage and the top of all library pages.
When Chat is not available, you will see a dark green “Ask Us a Question” icon with a white owl.

Image of Library Chat and Submit A Question buttons

In addition, there is a Chat/Ask Us a Question form on the Help for Students page and the Faculty Services page.

Library Research Instruction - NEW!

Librarians are able to support your course’s research or information-based goals and objectives through a variety of online methods. Contact your liaison librarian to discuss options for providing research skills instruction to your students, or for help with making library resources easier to access in your Canvas course.

Writing Learning Center

WLC tutors will remain available online to all studens, with in-person meetings possible at the discretion of individual WLC tutors. Please check the Writing Learning Center webpage for updates.

Shareable URL for the WLC is

Library Building Updates

Please visit the  Library Renovation Project Page to view  floor plans and architectural renderings for the upcoming renovations in Fraser Hall.