We offer a variety of services for students, faculty and staff in order to support their academic and personal needs.

Borrowing Materials

You can search for materials from the library collection through Primo.  Each item record shows the item's availability and Dewey Decimal call number. If you need help locating the item, please ask for help at the Information Desk.

Once you have an item in hand, take it to the Information Desk for check out. Your status (student, faculty and staff, or visitor) will dictate the due date of the item.

Course Reserves

Course reserves are books or media items that faculty can put on reserve for short-term loan for their classes. Materials can be found through Primo (the search box on the library homepage) by choosing Nazareth Course Reserves from the drop down menu. You can look for the book title or the Professor name. 

Typically, course reserves are only available for a two-hour period and are in-library use only, though professors sometimes make exceptions for certain items. All items on Reserve are located at the Information Desk.

For Faculty/Staff: Placing Materials on Reserve

Bring textbooks in person to the Information Desk, or email the Reserves Supervisor, Jennifer Rygiel. Email Jennifer at or call her at: 585-389-2141. Please provide ample time for the items to be placed in the collection. Items received in the week prior to a semester will be handled as the requests arrive, and cannot be guaranteed to be available by the semester start date. For any urgent additions to the reserve collection, please contact her directly.

Equipment Loans

Contact the Technology and Media Services desk, located in the lower level of the library, to borrow items such as digital cameras, smart carts, etc.


If you search Primo and see that an item is already checked out, you can place a hold online for the item, call the library, or come in person. A hold will flag the item so that when it is returned it will be held at the Information Desk for you and you will receive an email letting you know it has arrived, and you then have 10 days to pick up the item before it is returned to the shelves.

If you would rather not wait for the item to be returned, you can request it from another library through Interlibrary Loan.

Information Literacy Support

For Faculty/Staff: The Research and Instruction team is here to support your information literacy needs. Library instruction classes can be tailored to meet the needs of your students and the specific course focus. Additionally, upon request, research guides (LibGuides) can be created and tailored for your specific class. To schedule a library instruction class or inquire about a LibGuide, please contact Ilka Datig, Head of Instruction and Outreach.  Email Ilka or call her at 585-389-2148

Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery (ILLiad)

Interlibrary Loan, or the acquisition of materials on your behalf from another library, is a free service that is available to faculty, staff and current students.

Document Delivery is a service in which paper or microfilm articles owned by Nazareth are scanned by library staff and delivered electronically to a user's ILLiad account.

Both of these services are handled by the Interlibrary Loan and Serials department. See Interlibrary Loan website.

Journals, Magazines and Newspapers

Journals, magazines and newspapers owned by the library are held in either electronic or physical format. Locate specific titles by browsing the journals.

Paper and microfilm/fiche periodicals are housed in the lower level of the library in the open stacks. The stacks are organized alphabetically.


The Makerspace is a place where you can come to explore your creativity. Whether you are just looking to keep your hands busy with crafts or you are ready to build a virtual reality world, we have something for everyone.

Photocopying & Scanning

Photocopy machines are available on the main level next to the Information Desk and the lower level next to the stairwell near the Archives.

These machines have several capabilities including:

  • Black and white copies :10 cents per page cash or 5 cents with your Naz Bucks card.
  • Color copies: 15 cents per page cash or 5 cents with your Naz Bucks card.
  • Free scanning to email or USB
  • Printing PDFs from a USB is possible and instructions are available at all copiers. This is very popular for color printing options. USB's are available from the Information Desk.

Central photocopy services as well as Poster printing and lamination is done through Media Resources, and they should be contacted directly.

Proxy Borrowing

For Faculty: In order for the library to allow others to check out items for another patron, we need written permission to borrow on file. Please fill out the form below if you want to send another staff member or student assistant to the Library to check out material on your account. This form can be brought to the library of emailed to .  Permissions must be renewed annually.

Proxy Borrowing form

Requesting New Materials

For Faculty/Staff:

Need a streaming video to show in class? How about the ebook version of your required textbook? Or maybe you want to replace an outdated edition of a book with a new one? Whatever the reason, you can enter all of your purchase requests in the Purchase Request Form below.  We may reach out to you via email if we have questions about your order or if we are unable to fulfill your request. If you have any questions, please contact Scholarly Communications Librarian Jennifer Burr at


Before submitting a request, consider the following:

1. Do we already have this item in our collection? Search for it here!

2. Can this request be fulfilled through Interlibrary Loan?

3. Does this item meet the standards outlined in our Policies?


Link: Purchase Request Form

 Any directions about journal subscriptions or electronic resources (databases), please contact the Library Director, Ilka Datig. Email Ilka at or call her at: 585-389-2148.

Research Help

The Information Desk, located in the main room of the library, is a place where patrons can ask for assistance in using the library's many academic resources.  

In addition, there are multiple ways to reach a librarian for research help, which are detailed on the Ask a Librarian page

Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC)

Borrow books directly from other participating libraries in the Rochester area through the Rochester Regional Library Council's RRLC Access Pass program. With this program, you sign up for an RRLC account at the Nazareth Library Information Desk, and then use that account to check out books directly from participating libraries. This is distinct from the Interlibrary Loan program, which brings books from other libraries directly to Nazareth for your convenience.

Visitors using an RRLC Access Pass at the Nazareth University Library should go to our Visitors section to see policies for guests.

Special Collections

We house a variety of special collections, including the Thomas Merton Room and Letters, that may assist in your research.

Study Spaces

There are a variety of study spaces in the library, depending on your preferences.

I prefer to be alone/in total silence

  • The main level and mezzanine have individual study carrels near the windows.
  • The Periodicals Room on the lower level is usually very quiet. 
  • Small group study rooms in the lower level can be an option as well.  All of our study rooms are “first come-first serve”.

I don't mind being near others but I like private space

  • Near the Library Information Desk, there are study carrels and large tables.
  • The Rare Book Room or the Merton Room.  All of our study rooms are “first come-first serve”.
  • The Tutoring area in the lower level, (when not in use for tutoring) has private desks.

I prefer to share tables with others

  • Near the Library Information Desk, there are a variety of large tables.
  • In the Reading Room, below the St. Jerome window, there are a variety of large tables.
  • In the lower level near LIB 122, there are large tables and the tutoring center.
  • The Rare Book Room and the Merton Room both have tables.  All of our study rooms are “first come-first serve”.

I need a social space

  • The entire new Millie's area is great for socializing and boisterous group work. It is a 24 hour space for students.
  • Group study rooms are available on every level on a first come first serve basis.

For Faculty/Staff: Get help with Moodle, Astra, and developing online courses. See the Technology Training and Support page for more information.


Interlibrary Loan

We acquire materials on your behalf from other libraries.  Learn more »

Media Resources

  • Audio/video recording
  • Color copies, poster prints, lamination, and more

See all media services »

Audio/video recording request form »


Alumni and community members are offered services listed here.

Have Questions?

Call: 585-389-2129


Visit: Circulation Desk