Checkout, Renew & Return

Finding Materials

You can search the entire SUNY Library system or limit your search to Coulter Library by choosing the filter: Availability > Held in library.  If the item you seek is held at a different library, you can use Interlibrary Loan.

You can also filter by Resource Type, Subject, and Publication Date to further refine your search.

Books and eBooks 
Articles
Journals
Videos & Music
Course Reserves - resources set aside by your professor.
Research Databases 
Subject Guides - helpful guides our librarians put together to help jumpstart your research projects.

Locating physical items in Coulter Library

Write down the call number so you can find them on the shelves. Librarians are always available to assist you with finding either reference titles that you can use while in the Library as well as circulating items that you can check out. 

About your search results: 

  •  If you see the word “Media” in the call number column, the item is a CD or DVD.
  •  If you see “REF” in front of the call number, the item is a Reference work. Reference titles are shelved in the Reference area on the second floor and must be used in the library.
  •  If you are not getting any search results: check your spelling. If your spelling is correct, try your search using other keywords. If you still are not getting results, ask the librarian for assistance.
  • Onondaga County Public Library System
  • Syracuse University
  • LeMoyne College
  • Worldcat - This database allows researchers to search the combined catalogs of hundreds of libraries around the world. It contains more than 52 million records for books, journals, audiovisual materials and more. This source can help researchers find items, verify citations, and see which libraries own a particular item.

If an item is needed for a longer period, patrons may renew items in person, by phone, or by e-mail at [email protected]. Students and faculty may also renew online through Coulter Library's online catalog "My Account" page

In-Person

  • 1st Floor Library Service Counter
  • Return box outside Coulter Hall entrance under the bridge between Coulter and Mawhinney (Silver Box)
  • Return box outside Mawhinney Hall entrance by the traffic semi-circle (Blue Box)

Via Mail

Sidney B. Coulter Library
Onondaga Community College
4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215

Group New Books Books DVDs CDs Periodicals
Students 3 weeks
2 renewals
3 weeks
2 renewals
7 days
no renewal
2 weeks
1 renewal
3 weeks
1 renewal
Faculty/Administrators/Staff 4 months
2 renewals
3 weeks
2 renewals
7 days
no renewal
2 weeks
1 renewal
3 weeks
1 renewal
Community Members 3 weeks
2 renewals
3 weeks
2 renewals
7 days
no renewal
2 weeks
1 renewal
3 weeks
1 renewal
  • A maximum of 15 items can be checked out at one time.
  • Items can be recalled by another user, shortening the normal checkout period.
  • A "hold" may be placed on an item that is already checked out. OCC affiliated patrons (students and staff) can place holds from the Library catalog. Community users please ask the library staff for assistance.
  • DVDs may be booked ahead of time. Advance booking is suggested to ensure the item is available when you need it. Please call 315-498-2327 or email ([email protected]) to request a film for pick up on a specific date.
  • Course Reserve items can be checked out for 3 hour in-house use only. 
  • During the last three weeks of each semester, all books and periodicals checked out by students are due the last day of the semester. If a student needs to borrow an item longer, arrangements can be made at the discretion of the library personnel.  
  • See the Interlibrary loan (ILL) for information about ILL item due dates.
Coulter Library sends courtesy notices to patron email accounts to remind them that the item(s) will be due soon.

Students  

Overdue Items

Once an item is overdue, students will receive three email notices to remind them to return the item(s).  After the third notification, borrowing privileges will be suspended and and the student will receive a bill for the unreturned item(s). A restriction is placed on the student's OCC record which will prevent them from registering or receiving a copy of their transcript.  All restrictions will be removed once the item is returned to the library or their financial obligation has been fulfilled.

Replacement of Overdue/Lost Items

A student also has the option of replacing a lost item with a used item in very good condition. The replacement must be identical in format (e.g., hard cover vs. soft cover, etc.) and in the details of publication (e.g., edition, year, publisher, etc.). A librarian may be able to assist with obtaining a used replacement. 

Community Users

Overdue Items

Once an item is overdue, community users will receive three email notices to remind them to return the item(s).  After the third notification, borrowing privileges will be suspended and users will be mailed a bill for the item(s). If the user was a former OCC student a restriction is placed on their campus record, which will prevent them from receiving a copy of their transcript or allowing them to register until their financial obligation to the library has been fulfilled.

Replacement of Overdue/Lost Items

Community users must either return, pay for, or replace the lost item to get borrowing privileges reinstated. Lost materials are billed at purchase cost.  A user has the option of replacing a lost item with a new or used item in very good condition. The replacement must be identical in format (e.g., hard cover vs. soft cover, etc.) and in the details of publication (e.g., edition, year, publisher, etc.) A librarian may be able to assist with obtaining a used replacement.