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ACPHS Library Services: For Students

Librarian Assistance

Librarians can assist you with developing research strategies for a specific project, using databases, and identifying appropriate information sources on your topic. We are also available to answer questions about citation styles, and effective, time saving web search techniques.

To contact a librarian visit our Ask Us page.

Study Rooms

Group study rooms are available in the Library and Information Commons during their hours of operation. The following guidelines ensure fair and appropriate use of the study rooms in the Library and Information Commons.

  • The rooms are provided for groups of 2 or more individuals for the purpose of studying and meeting and are not intended for individual use.
  • Keys to the rooms are checked out at the Service Desk on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A valid ACPHS ID is required to check out a room.
  • There is a 3-hour limit per group and the room must be occupied during this time. Renewals are possible only if no other group is waiting for the room and may be requested only at the conclusion of the 3-hour loan period.
  • The key is the sole responsibility of the user to whom it is checked out. The member of the group who checks out the key is also responsible for the group and the condition of the room.
  • If the key is not returned there will be a replacement fee of $30.00
  • Group study room users must maintain a moderate noise level - rooms are not soundproof, and loud talking disturbs other users in adjoining rooms and outside the rooms.
  • When leaving the room remove your trash, turn out the lights, lock & close the door, and then return the key to the Service Desk.
  • Failure to follow these rules may result in the immediate relinquishment of the room.




SGA Leisure Collection

The Albany SGA has provided video games for students to enjoy. Students may borrow up to two items at a time for two weeks. Damaged or lost items will be replaced by the person who checked them out.

Direct Access Program

Albany students, faculty, and staff may borrow from other libraries in New York's Capital District ONLY after all of ACPHS's library resources have been fully utilized.  This includes InterLibrary Loan.  The Direct Access Program (DAP) allows our library users in good standing to borrow materials directly from participating libraries throughout the region.

You must have a DAP card to borrow from participating libraries. Cards are issued at the Library Services Desk Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Some libraries will only lend to certain groups, such as faculty or graduate students. Please be sure to check in advance. You are responsible for abiding by the rules and regulations of each of the libraries from which you borrow.

Click here for more information on DAP, including a list of participating libraries and their lending levels.


The Library places all approved ACPHS masters theses in its collection. Masters students, please read Guidelines for Thesis Preparation and Thesis Defense.This document, created by the ACPHS School of Graduate Studies, contains a comprehensive list of expectations that must be met to fulfill your thesis requirement, including: thesis and preparation and format, as well as what to expect during your actual oral thesis defense.

Once you have completed your thesis defense you are expected to submit it online and have copies bound in print format for the Library. Detailed instructions for this process are outlined in the Online Thesis Submission handout.

ACPHS students, faculty, and staff may access theses from the Paul Byrnes ’34 Archives during the normal operating hours of the library.  Theses may not leave the library and must be returned to a library staff member (i.e. not left on the front desk).

If you have any questions, please contact the Archivist at 518-694-7274 or