Welcome! The Stony Brook University Libraries are the intellectual heart and soul of the campus. With world-class collections and services the Libraries are indispensable partners in research, study and teaching.


Main Campus

Frank Melville Jr., Memorial Library
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3300

Health Sciences Library

HST Level 3 Room 136
8034 Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8034

Southampton Library

Stony Brook Southampton
239 Montauk Highway
Southampton, NY 11968-6700


A visitor can use any of the materials in the library within the library, including our databases. Visitors who need to use material held offsite, please email with the title and call number of the material(s) you wish to use. Only current Stony Brook faculty, students and staff can access online material from off-campus.

The following affiliates are eligible to borrow library material:

  • Registered students possessing an SBU photo ID card
  • Active SBU affiliated faculty / staff possessing an SBU photo ID card
  • Participants in Special Programs, Institutes or Workshops sponsored by the University Emeritus faculty
  • Alumni (contact the Alumni Office for further details at 631-632-6330)

If you are not associated with any of the affiliations listed above, you may be eligible to borrow through one of our Guest Borrower programs.

Guest Borrowers

Guest borrowing privileges are extended to Stony Brook University alumni, local (Nassau and Suffolk County) health practitioners and individuals with Community Borrower Cards.

Guests borrowers are eligible to borrow library books at all campus libraries. Other resources such as interlibrary loan, off-campus access to databases and recalls are not available to guest borrowers.

Registration information


Contact the Alumni Office (631-632-6330) for details about obtaining your alumni card. Bring your alumni card and a photo ID to the Main Stacks desk Monday-Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm to set up your account.

Community Borrowers

Individuals wishing to have borrowing privileges at Stony Brook University Libraries may have guest borrowing privileges by completing a Community Borrower application form. The form and the $60 annual fee can be brought or mailed to:


Community Borrower Program
Main Stacks-Circulation, 3rd floor
Melville Library
Stony Brook University
100 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3339


For more information, please call: 631.632.7115

Local Health Practitioners 

Healthcare providers who live or practice in Nassau or Suffolk Counties are eligible for borrowing privileges at the Stony Brook University Libraries. Please fill out the application (link) and bring your license, a utility bill with your local address and proof of employment (e.g. employee ID card) to the Main Stacks, Health Sciences Library or Southampton Library.

A Message from the Dean of University Libraries

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to our Libraries!


The Stony Brook University (SBU) Libraries system is known for a wide-range of digital and print resources and world-renowned special collections. It is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), with a Health Sciences Library that is a member of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. The SBU Libraries system includes 7 distinct libraries, including Melville Library which houses the Main Stacks, the Science & Engineering Library, Music Library, and Special Collections & University Archives; the Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Center; the Chemistry library; the Mathematics/ Physics/ Astronomy Library; the Southampton Library; and the Health Sciences Library. It stands as the largest academic research library on Long Island, serving as a resource in the local community, state-wide, and nationally.

Our most valuable resource are the library personnel, whether faculty, staff, or student, who stand ready to help you succeed in your academic and research endeavors. They are transforming the user experience by building expertise and developing communities that promote intellectual curiosity.

The Library is the house of dialog, it is the community of culture and people, and we are privileged to be your hosts.


–Constantia Constantinou, Dean of Stony Brook University Libraries