New York State Library

New York State Library Information


The New York State Library (NYSL) provides online access to over 20 million items, including Elsevier/Science Direct journals. These collections are a valuable supplement to Upstate's licensed resources, expanding access to databases and journals in several relevant areas including: health & medicine External Icon; biological sciences External Icon; and psychology External Icon. The NYSL also provides access to several grant databases and accepts search requests via email. Please apply for a NYSL Borrower's Card External Icon.


FAQ: New York State Library

Who is eligible External Icon for a NYSL card?

How do I get a NYSL card?

  • The application form is available at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/apply.htm External Icon.
  • To expedite the processing of your application, complete the form and either FAX, email or mail directly to the NY State Library. A photocopy of your Upstate ID is required. Please remember to sign the application.

Please contact the Library for assistance with your NYSL card application, 464-7091

After the NY State Library receives my application, how long will it take to get my card?

Turn around time is at least 2 weeks from the time the NYSL receives and processes your application.

Where do they send my card? Home or work?

Your NYSL card will be mailed to your home address.

How long is my card valid, and how do I renew it?

Your NYSL card is valid for two years.  The NYSL will contact you directly with instructions for card renewals.

What if I lose my pin or card number?

Please complete the Borrower’s Card Number/PIN request form External Icon.

What if I am a student or Research Foundation employee?

Please note Research Foundation employees and UPSTATE students do not have access to journals through NYSL.

You may request articles through the Library’s Document Delivery service

If you are a Research Foundation employee, please include a message in the notes field within ILLiad.

There is no fee for this service.

What journals are available and how do I access them?

The New York State Library (NYSL) maintains an excellent collection of medical and scientific journals including all the Science Direct titles available on the Elsevier Freedom Plan. Free online access is available to all in-state physicians and permanent state employees through the NYSL’s E-Journals list External Icon.

The NYSL maintains an E-Journals External Icon list that operates just like the A-Z list here at the HSL. Based upon an article citation, you would access the journal and then open to the corresponding date, volume, and pages for the article you need. You will login to the website with your NYSL card information.

Can I check NYSL holdings from Upstate HSL databases?

Yes, from the HSL's databases you can check holdings at the NYSL by clicking the link "Check the New York State Library (NYSL)" from our Check Upstate Holdings Page.