Accessing the Library

We are open to the community!

OCC Staff & Students

Staff and students must have their OCC ID (Lazer Card) to check out library material and are responsible for all items charged to their account. If a staff member or student is in the library's system, but does not have an OCC ID, they can still borrow library items by showing a photo ID (such as driver’s license). An ID is not needed to use the library computers, they can simply log in with their staff or student email and password. 

Community Users

Onondaga County residents are welcome to borrow library materials. A photo ID is required to issue a community user library card. Community users must have their library card/photo ID to check out library material and are responsible for all items charged to their account. A community user does not need an ID card to use the computers in the library. A library employee will be happy to log them onto a computer. Community users in violation of any library policy may lose their privileges at the discretion of the librarian.

Getting around the Library

  • Parking - Parking is available in multiple lots near Coulter Library located in Coulter Hall. For more information about parking for persons with disabilities, go to the Getting Around Campus page or contact Campus Safety at (315) 498-2478.
  • Automatic Doors - Coulter Hall has two sets of automatic doors:
    • the main entrance to Coulter Hall on the front side of the building
    • the Parking Lot 18 entrance
  • Elevator - The public elevator in Coulter Hall is straight ahead through the main lobby from the main entrance of Coulter Hall.
  • Restrooms - Accessible restrooms are located on each floor of Coulter Hall.
  • Drinking Fountain - Wheelchair accessible drinking fountains are available on each floor of Coulter Hall.
  • Computers - All public computers are wheelchair accessible. Visit our Adaptive Technology page for details about additional adaptive technologies available in the library.
  • Study Carrels - Study carrels are available on the 1st floor of the library for students and faculty on a daily basis. These spaces can help by reducing environmental distractions.

Library Services

  • Library Liaison for Persons with Disabilities - Pauline Lynch Shostack, Librarian & Professor, is the library's liaison for persons with disabilities. If you need information about library services, you may contact her directly at 315-498-2708 or [email protected].
  • Research Help - A librarian is available at the Research Help Desk or Reserve Counter during most hours the library is open. The Research Help Desk is wheelchair accessible. You may contact a reference librarian in person, by phone or by email

Accessibility Resources

  • The Library has Low-Vision Magnifiers available for use.
  • The Office of Accessibility Resources is located in Coulter Hall, C104. This office is responsible for providing academic support services to students with disabilities. Staff in this office can be contacted by calling 315-498-2245.