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The B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library has a large and diverse collection with over 500,000 paper volumes, 130,000 ebooks, access to more than 49,000 periodicals, and over 250 online databases, most of which include scholarly, peer-reviewed, and professional journals, as well as over 300 online encyclopedias. Remote access is available for most of these databases to LIU users.

The library is equipped with more than 70 computers for student use and wireless internet access, along with a quiet study area for students, a copy center, and the Bookmark Café. Additional computers can be found in the Information Technology labs that are also in the library.

The collections of all Long Island University libraries (including the Brooklyn and Hudson Campuses) are listed in LIUCat. This computerized network makes information available to faculty and students at all LIU campuses. Books, journal articles, and other library materials that are not available at this campus can be requested through Interlibrary Loan; materials within the LIU library system are forwarded by the University courier systems, by fax, or by mail.

The library is open 99 hours a week, including evenings and weekends, with special extended hours during final examinations periods. The library is also the home of the College of Education, Information and Technology, the Department of Computer Science and Management Engineering, the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, the College of Management, Academic Multimedia Support Services, the Office of Information Technology, the Post Library Association, and the Hutchins Gallery.

An extensive instruction program is available to students through class lectures, demonstrations, orientations, and the Book a Librarian service. Various classes demonstrating the intricacies of conducting research using all types of sources and formats, including online resources, are offered to the entire campus community. Library competency education is provided to undergraduates through a seven-session library workshop. The Library collaborates with the English Department to teach Information Literacy.

The Reference Services Department is part of Reference Commons, which combines the collections of the Reference Department, the Center for Business Research, and the Library and Information Science Library.

The Reference collection, with 24,000 volumes of reference and research materials, is particularly strong in the areas of literature and the art. LIU users can avail themselves of the online chat service or request research help via email.

The Library and Information Science Library's resources are primarily used by doctoral, master's, and undergraduate degree students in the Palmer School of Library and Information Science. There are more than 22,000 volumes in this specialized collection located in the bookstacks, along with online and hardcopy journal subscriptions.

The Periodicals Department houses a current and retrospective collection of over 7,000 journals, magazines, newspapers, and other publications - over half of which are not available elsewhere through our online subscriptions to over 49,000 titles. Print and online indexes and databases provide access to the material. While a wide range of academic subjects is included in its holdings, the Department is particularly strong in psychology, education, literature, art, and business.

The Instructional Media Center is the multimedia resource center of LIU Post, with over 1,500 films, videos, interactive CD-ROMs, and a rich variety of other audiovisual resources. The IMC contains media equipment, production, and preview facilities. Its exemplary collection of curriculum resources for K-12 (teacher resource materials, children's books, and textbooks) supports the Education and the Library and Information Science programs.

The Digital Initiatives and Art Slide Library is a collection of more than 100,000 slides encompassing a vast array of images dating from prehistoric times through the 21st century and represents all forms of art media.

The Archives and Special Collections Department contains many notable holdings, such as: the only portion of Carlotta and Eugene O'Neill's personal library that survives as a whole; the William Randolph Hearst art photograph collection; a comprehensive collection, donated by the Theodore Roosevelt Association, of TR's life, times, and writings; 5,000 movie posters mainly from the 1940s and 1950s; letters by Henry James to his publisher; the fine art facsimile editions of the Book of Kells and the Tres Riches Heures of Jean, Duc du Berry; the American Juvenile Collection of children's fiction and folklore printed by American Publishers between 1910 and 1960; and the developing Winthrop Palmer collection of rare books of Irish and French literature. The Department also has the archives of Long Island University, especially LIU Post, featuring a complete run of the student newspaper, The Pioneer, and the student yearbook, Opticon, as well as other University documents.

The Post Library Association, a Friends of the Library organization, was founded by Mrs. Winthrop B. Palmer, a former member of the Board of Trustees of Long Island University and a professor of English at LIU Post. The PLA conducts many cultural and educational programs in the Hutchins Gallery. Alumni and other friends of the University are cordially invited to join the membership.

Through the generosity of the Carleton H. and Winthrop B. Palmer Memorial Fund, an endowment of over four million dollars enables the library to purchase materials in the arts and humanities, supplementing its regular budget for acquisitions and enriching collections immeasurably.