The University Library provides individual study carrels for faculty and students as well as special facilities for persons with visual disabilities. The Science Library provides an array of services focused on the sciences, as well as 10 group study rooms. The Dewey Graduate Library facilitates and assists cross-disciplinary, doctoral-level research for the Schools of Rockefeller College. All three libraries provide access to information in a variety of formats and encourage user access with their open stacks.

Library hours of service are posted at each library, and are available at the library’s web site You can also contact the Library by calling 518-442-3600 for the University Library, 518-442-3693 for the Dewey Graduate Library, or 518-437-3948 for the Science Library.

Dickerman Library

The Herbert W. Dickerman Library is the biomedical research library of the New York State Department of Health, located at the Empire State Plaza (ESP) in the Biggs Laboratory, Wadsworth Center.

The Library Reference desk is open 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.  The Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for those who have the appropriate full badge access to the Wadsworth Center. For all others, the library hours are 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, with the exception of state holidays.  The library can be contacted by calling: Reference Desk: 518-474-6172; InterLibrary Loan: 518-474-6168; or email:

The library offers reference services, interlibrary loan, database searching, and use of the collection of approximately 50,000 books and reports, as well as over 7,000 scientific and public health journals in print and online.  Through the library’s homepage, users have access to research databases, electronic journals, catalogs of the Dickerman Library and other libraries, and many other Internet resources. Electronic access to the Dickerman Library resources is available from the SPH computer lab.

There are DOH-networked computers available for public use in both libraries as well as in the computer lab at the East campus (located at the front of the room).  No passwords are required, but access is restricted to library resources.

There is no charge for printing at the Dickerman Library, but there are printing charges at the East campus.  You will need to download your articles from the DOH computers and take your disk to one of the university computers for printing from there.

Graduate Students’ Information Toolkit

The library has a dedicated site for tools and resources for graduate students. You may find these resources helpful throughout your time at the School of Public Health. You can explore the site at

Electronic Library Access

The University’s Libraries ADVANCE system is the primary access point to the Libraries’ collections. ADVANCE contains information on the cataloged collections in all libraries and can be searched at public access terminals in the libraries or through dial/network access from home or office computers.

The University Libraries provides access to hundreds of journals and a number of full-text databases relevant to the teaching and research needs of the University. These databases contain a wide variety of information, including references to academic journals and popular magazines, abstracts of dissertations, corporate annual reports, and complete articles from newspapers. Many databases are available through ADVANCE on the campus network, as well as on workstations at all libraries.

For information on connecting to ADVANCE from your home or office, contact the reference desk (518-442-3553) or send an email query to You may also access the instructions by selecting the “Online Catalog” option on the Libraries’ web site.