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Student Research Guide

If you are working on a project or paper, this guide will introduce you to the essential tools and resources for any assignment.

Borrowing Privileges

To borrow materials you must have a valid New Paltz ID-card. Present this card and the items you wish to borrow at the Check-Out Desk on the Main floor of the library. You are responsible for all materials borrowed on your card. Promptly report lost ID-cards at the Check-Out Desk.

It is your responsibility to return books and other materials when due. Due dates are on the receipt you receive when borrowing items.

If you wish to renew the items you have checked out, you have three options. You may renew your items online, or in person at the Sojourn Truth Library.

Online Renewal Instructions

Online Renewal for Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)

Accessing Content from Off-Campus

To access many of the library's resources, including online databases which contain journals, magazines, and newspaper articles, you will need the following:

Your user name and password are the same ones that you use to access campus e-mail. They provided to new students in their orientation packets. It is also located on your student ID card.

Username: Your BannerID or NPCUID  is also located on your student ID card.

Password: Your default password is the lower case character "s" followed by the last six digits of your social security number.

Troubleshooting: The Sojourner Truth Library can only provide assistance related to accessing and using our library databases and catalog. The webpage, Distance Learners: Getting Computer Help is designed to help you find technical assistance with our library tools, as well as campus resources or call the Library Information Desk at (845) 257-3710.

For more information about your password, how to change it, and what to do if it does not work, visit the Academic Computing page.  You may also call the Student Help Desk at (845) 257-3597, on campus phones dial x3597.

Library of Congress Call Number Classification

The Sojourner Truth Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System for the call numbers it assigns to most of the items in its collections.