William Glenn , Head of Research Services
Central Reading Room
Frank Melville Jr., Memorial Library C-1600
Research and Reference Team: Darren Chase, Kristen Cinar, Karen D'Angelo, Jennifer Devito, Chris Filstrup, Bonnie Gallagher, William Glenn, Fiona Grady, Elaine Hoffman, Michael Bailou Huang, Susan Kaufman, Colleen Kenefick, Raquel Lynn, Kathleen Maxheimer, Donna Sammis, Gisele Schierhorst, Clara Yuet Tran
The main desk for Research and Reference Service is located in the Central Reading Room on the first floor of the Library.
Walk-in Research Assistance.* The research/reference desk is where most people begin their library research. A professional librarian is available:
* In addition to traditional walk-in reference, a number of other services are provided by the Research and Reference Team.
Information on Research and Reference Services for the Health Sciences Library are available here .
1. Chat with a Librarian. Ask questions with our instant messaging widget, located on the right side of this page and on many other pages.
Available: Mon - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm and some weekend hours during fall and spring semesters.
2. E-mail a Librarian. Ask your questions via e-mail .
Available: Anytime. We try to respond within 24 hours (Mon.-Fri) and as soon as possible after weekends and holidays.
3. Call a Librarian. 631.632.7110
Available: Check the library hours  schedule.
4. Visit the Reference Desk. A professional Librarian can answer your questions at the Reference Desk in the Central Reading Room, Melville (Main) Library.
Available: Check the library hours  schedule.
5. Contact a Subject Specialist. If you have questions that require subject expertise, you may want to contact our Subject Specialists  directly.
*For the Health Sciences Library: Call 631.444.3099 or email: email@example.com .
*For Other Branches (Music, Chemistry, etc.) and Collections: See this page .
We will try to respond to your question within 24 hours (somewhat longer on weekends.)
Help is also available via live chat (Monday - Friday, 9 am - 9 pm and some weekend hours) or by calling 631-632-7110.
Kathy Maxheimer ,
Library Contact for Disability Support Services Resource Room
The Disability Support Services (DSS) Department  provides special equipment and software for students with disabilities in the DSS Resource Room in the Central Reading Room of Melville Library. This room is only for registered DSS students. Users must sign in before obtaining the key from the reference desk. Users must use their Stony Brook netID to log onto the computer. If you do not have a netID, please contact the DSS office. An instruction notebook is available which includes a very helpful glossary in the back. The technology available assists students who have visual or motor impairments, difficulties with reading and writing or who require multiple formats for information. You will be able to scan a book so that the computer can read it to you, turn a PDF file into a file the computer can read to you or that you can type on, have the computer read your email, the internet, a word file or other computer file, have your paper read out loud to you for proofreading, take parts of your text book and turn them into notes, scan a book into a book-on-tape/audio book, turn an existing computer file into a book-on-tape, dictate your paper or notes, and enlarge a book.
The following equipment and software are available:
Students with disabilities who need assistance or further information may contact Kathy Maxheimer , Library contact person for DSS Resource Room, (631) 632-7135, or call the Reference Desk in the Central Reading Room, (631) 632-7110. You can also contact the DSS Dept., (631) 632-6748.
Two Group Study Rooms are available in the Science & Engineering Library. They are intended to provide an area in the Library where Stony Brook University students, faculty, and staff members can collaborate without disturbing the people around them.
Group Study Rooms are available to groups of 2 to 6 people with valid SBU ID cards, for study sessions of up to 2 hours. The room may be renewed for on additional 2-hour period if no prior reservations have been made. Reservations may be made up to one week in advance, and must be claimed within 15 minutes of the scheduled time.
For more information or to reserve a room, inquire at the Science & Engineering Library service desk, or call 632-7148.
Fill out the form below to schedule an in-depth research and reference appointment with a librarian or staff specialist. University Libraries also has a large selection of Research and Subject Guides  to assist you, or you can see our list of librarian and staff subject specialists .
Browse Subject Guides
Africana Studies  - Karen D'Angelo 
Anthropology  - Karen D'Angelo 
Art  - Susan Kaufman 
Asian American Studies  - Janet Clarke 
Astronomy  - Sherry Chang 
Athletic Training 
Audio-Visual - Kristen Cinar 
Biology  - Clara Tran 
Business and Management Studies  - Fiona Grady 
Chemistry  - TBA
China Studies  - Min-Huei Lu 
Cinema Studies  - Jennifer DeVito 
Classics - Cornelia Creel 
Clinical Laboratory Sciences  - 
Computer Science  - Darren Chase 
Cultural Analysis and Theory  - Jennifer DeVito 
Dance  - William Glenn 
School of Dental Medicine 
Economics  - Chris Filstrup 
Education  - Elaine Hoffman 
Engineering  - Chris Filstrup 
English & Global Literature  - Darren Chase 
Environmental Art, Architecture and Design  -
Environmental Humanities  -
Evidence-Based Medicine 
French  - Cornelia Creel 
General Science - Clara Tran 
General Humanities Periodicals - TBA
Geosciences  - Clara Tran 
German - Cornelia Creel 
Government Documents  - Elaine Hoffman 
Health Care Policy and Management 
Health Sciences Research 
School of Health Technology and Management  - Michael Huang 
History  - William Glenn 
Journalism  - Fiona Grady 
Italian American Studies  - Lynn Toscano 
Italian  - Lynn Toscano 
Library Science - Min-Huei Lu 
Linguistics - Cornelia Creel 
Manuscripts  - Kristen Nyitray 
Maps  - Chris Filstrup 
Marine & Atmospheric Science  - Sherry Chang 
Mathematics  - Sherry Chang 
Medical Education 
School of Medicine  
Music  - Gisele Schierhorst 
Newspapers, General Interest Periodicals  - TBA
School of Nursing  -
Occupational Therapy  -
Philosophy  - Karen D'Angelo 
Physical Therapy  -
Physician Assistant 
Physics  - Sherry Chang 
Political Science - Elaine Hoffman 
Portuguese - Amelia Salinero 
Psychology  - Christian Filstrup 
Public Health  -
Reference - Elaine Hoffman 
Religious Studies  - Elaine Hoffman 
Respiratory Care  -
Russian & Slavic Studies  - Fiona Grady 
School of Professional Development  - Elaine Hoffman 
School of Social Welfare  -
Sociology  - Karen D'Angelo 
South Asian Studies  -Bushra Butt 
Spanish - Amelia Salinero 
Special Collections  - Kristen Nyitray 
Stony Brook Authors  - Kristen Nyitray 
Sustainability and Environmental Studies  - Darren Chase 
Theatre Arts  - William Glenn 
University Archives  - Kristen Nyitray 
Women's Studies  - Jennifer DeVito 
Writing & Literature MFA (Southampton)  - Susan Kaufman