What everyone wants to know about the library

The Library is named in honor of Sojourner Truth, a freed slave from Ulster County, whose outstanding speaking ability and advocacy on behalf of freedom made her a prominent figure during the Civil War period. In 1970, the SUNY Board of Trustees approved this name, which had been recommended by a committee of faculty, students, and administrators at New Paltz College.

A High-Tech Library with Traditional Services

  • Resources
    • 500,000 books & bound periodicals
    • Partial depository of U.S. & NYS government documents
  • Electronic resources:
    • 150+ online research databases
    • Online access to 60,000 journals, magazines, newspapers, as well as business and financial data
    • E-book collections over 75,000 titles.
    • Online reference tools: encyclopedias & dictionaries,
    • Multiple source searching and full-text linking technology

Information Services

  • Reference help at the Information Desk
  • AskUs 24/7 chat reference service
  • LibAnswers: search FAQs, Email, Text or Tweet a librarian
  • Course-related or course embedded library instruction
  • Individual & group library instruction by appointment

Library Systems & Equipment

  • Online STL Catalog
  • Online book renewals & fine payment
  • Electronic course reserves via Blackboard
  • 80 student computers 
  • Four Networked printers (One is color)
  • 7 Group Study Rooms with Large Shared Touch-screen displays
  • CD players, video & DVD viewing stations, Blu-ray players and Microsoft Office 2010
  • WiFi access and wireless printing
  • Microform scanner & viewer-printer
  • Document & book scanners for public use


  • Latest @ the Library (newsletter)
  • STL web site : library.newpaltz.edu
  • Follow us on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram (@SUNYNPlibrary)

The Library Top Ten

  • Library services: Information Desk, Check-out Desk, and Reserves, located on the top floor.
  • Library collection of 500,000 books and 700 + print journal titles, plus electronic access to 60,000 journals and 60,000 + e-books.
  • Laptops & iPads for loan at the Check-out desk. Wireless network and scanners are available.
  • Research help available at the Information Desk seven days a week.
  • Research help by appointment (Research Consultations).
  • Library open seven days a week, with late night study room hours.
  • STL web site offers online reference help: LibAnswers & Ask Us 24/7, that are available anywhere.
  • Research skills taught in STL’s smart classroom.
  • Ask a Librarian site links to a searchable FAQ database, and the Text a Librarian service.
  • ILLiad electronic interlibrary loan service can obtain materials from other libraries at no cost.


Modified 2018-08-02