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Guide created to help international students with library research at Buffalo State.

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Welcome to E. H. Butler Library!

Performing scholarly research can seem like an overwhelming task. As a college student, the level of work that is expected from you requires that you learn how to locate, critically evaluate, and use information skillfully. As an international student it can be especially difficult to navigate academic life in America.

Libraries in the United States may work differently from libraries in your home country. The library's primary role is to provide free access to resources, including books, articles, and technology. E. H. Butler Library at Buffalo State owns and subscribes to more than one million research materials. These materials are very different from information you might find for free on the Internet. Using library resources will help ensure that you are using reliable information, saving you time and improving your grades. 

Do you have questions about the library? Confused about your research assignment? The librarians and staff at E. H. Butler Library are here to help!

Research Help

If you need research help, stop at the Research Help Desk and ask a librarian. The library website lists other ways to contact a librarian, such as by e-mail, telephone, or individualized research appointments.

Computer Help

If you need computer help or want to borrow a laptop or other equipment, ask at the Application Support Desk. If they can’t help, they will refer you to the Computing Help Desk

Writing your Paper

If you need help writing your paper, visit the Writing Help Center.

Borrowing Materials

If you have questions about borrowing books, overdue fines, or reserve materials, ask at the Circulation Desk.



Librarians are available to assist you with your research in person, via phone, e-mail, 24/7 chat, and through scheduled appointments.

Computing assistants answer questions about software, equipment loan, user accounts, e-mail, and related issues.

Writing Help Center professionals provide writing and composition help.

Circulation Desk staff is here to assist with borrowing books and reserve materials. Renew your books online via our convenient book renewal form.

The Bengal Card Office provides support to Buffalo State students, faculty and staff in all areas of operation relating to their Bengal Card, the official card used for dining, printing, vending machines, and library services. If you have questions about your Bengal Card, please contact us by e-mail, or stop by in person during office hours.



Butler Library has more than 675,000 printed books, over 174,000 electronic books, and access to full-text articles from over 57,000 unique print and electronic journals. Summon discovery service, found on the library’s home page, provides a single search box to access the library’s collection of books, articles, and more. The library’s Subject Guides are also a useful starting point for all types of research. Stop by the Reference Desk, located in the library’s Information Commons lounge for personal assistance with your academic research.

Can’t find what you need? Interlibrary Loan allows students to borrow materials when Butler Library doesn’t own them.

Feeling lost in the library? Library maps can help you find your way around the building.



Borrow laptops, camcorders, digital cameras, and other items from Equipment Loan.

Computer labs house both PC and Macintosh computers, along with printersphotocopiers, and a scanner station. Wireless access is available throughout the building. StudyQuad is open 24/7 during the semester and offers quiet lab spaces, comfortable lounge areas, computers, and an assistive technology center.

Attend a computer workshop: Learn to use PowerPoint, Excel, and other computer applications. For more information and to sign up for a workshop, visit the Workshop Registration System.

Study Spaces

Study Spaces

There are many comfortable spaces for you to study throughout the library. Here are some favorites:

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