University at Buffalo Libraries

University at Buffalo Libraries

library_name = University at Buffalo Libraries
location = Buffalo, New York
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Electronic_Journals = 40,000
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The University at Buffalo Libraries own more than 3.6 million print volumes as well as extensive online resources, media, and special collections. Cybraries located in the Libraries provide access to more than 500 computer workstations, printing and wireless access. The UB Libraries subscribe to 350 research databases and more than 10,000 electronic journals. Many are unavailable elsewhere in Western New York. All faculty and staff in the Libraries are dedicated to anticipating and meeting the research and teaching needs of UB faculty, staff, and students, and individuals from the general public.

The UB Libraries consist of: The Arts & Sciences Libraries, which include the Architecture & Planning Library, Lockwood Memorial Library, Oscar A. Silverman Undergraduate Library, and Science & Engineering Library; the Digital Library Center; Health Sciences Library; the Charles B. Sears Law Library; the Music Library; Special Collections, which includes the (University Archives, The Poetry Collection, & Rare Books); and the Libraries Annex. [ About the UB Libraries ] ]

Arts & Sciences Libraries

The Arts & Sciences Libraries (ASL) encompass the Architecture & Planning Library, Lockwood Memorial Library, the Oscar A. Silverman Undergraduate Library, and the Science & Engineering Library.

The Arts & Sciences Libraries were created to meet the increasingly interdisciplinary needs of students, faculty, and researchers, and offer staff, resources, and services to support the University's School of Architecture and Planning, College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Education, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Honors College, School of Management, School of Social Work, and associated research centers and programs. Online and print resources are available to support each discipline. Subject librarians provided specialized services to departments, schools, and programs to help educate constituents about the best resources for research, teaching, and learning.

Architecture & Planning Library

The Architecture & Planning Library (APL) is located on the first floor of Hayes Hall in the School of Architecture and Planning on the South Campus of The State University of New York at Buffalo. Information is available on architecture, architectural criticism and history, environmental design, deisgn theory, planning, urban and rural development, urban affairs, and policy.

Lockwood Memorial Library

Lockwood Memorial Library is on the North Campus of the University at Buffalo. Lockwood is part of the Arts & Sciences Libraries and is open to everyone in the UB community and to the general public. Two Cybrary sites and a Print Center are available in Lockwood for computer access.

Lockwood Library is the University's research library, and features resources to support research in the arts, social sciences, management, humanities, and education. Its collections range from sixteenth century books to the latest news reports from around the world as provided by online systems. The holdings include over 1.5 million print and electronic books, periodicals, and government documents (U.S., New York State, international), as well as extensive digital and microform collections.

Polish Room (Lockwood Memorial Library)

The [ Polish Room] is located in Room 517 in Lockwood Library, which is part of the Arts & Sciences Libraries at The State University of New York at Buffalo and is open to the University community and the general public.Description of the Polish Collection

The collection includes over 12,000 volumes. Its strengths are in literature and history, but the genealogical literature and the language sections are very strong for a collection of this size. Because of the broad scope of Polish studies, the range in Library of Congress class numbers is literally A to Z. In addition to the book collection, the Polish Room possesses a number of unique materials, which include: 21 manuscripts of the Polish kings from the 16th to 18th centuries; and letters and other signed documents of important people of the 20th century, including writers such as: Stefan Zeromski, Maria Konopnicka, and Maria Dabrowska. There are also two rare and valuable Polish books.

In other formats, the Polish Room has more than 100 videorecordings, including Polish commercial and art films, opera and theater productions, and a number of audiotapes of Polish literary works. There are a few Solidarnosc documents and 135 underground press books on microfiche, part of the Solidarnosc fiche collection assembled at Harvard University. Also on microfiche are the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty background reports on Poland from 1967 to 1989. Microfilm collections include immigrant publications that comprise part of the Immigrant in America collection. Additional materials on Poland and Polish Americans are available in the general Lockwood Memorial Library collections.

Oscar A. Silverman Undergraduate Library

The Oscar A. Silverman Undergraduate Library (UGL) is located in Capen Hall on the North Campus of the University at Buffalo. UGL is open to everyone in the UB community and to the general public. Computers, printing, and wireless access are available.

Located on the North Campus of The State University of New York at Buffalo, UGL is the only undergraduate library in the SUNY system. It offers a general collection of print and electronic books, journals, and magazines in most subjects. UGL is part of the Arts & Sciences Libraries, and is a teaching library -- the place to learn how to find, evaluate, and to use information, and to start research on almost any subject. Librarians offer personal information assistance at the Reference/Information Desk and also teach workshops on how to find materials for research and personal interests.

cience & Engineering Library

The Science & Engineering Library (SEL) is located in Capen Hall on the North Campus of the University at Buffalo. SEL is part of the Arts & Sciences Libraries and is open to everyone in the UB community and to the general public. Included among the SEL collections is the UB Map Collection of more than 260,000 maps and the Technical Reports Collection. There is also a Cybrary site in SEL for computer access. SEL collections cover the physical and natural sciences and engineering.

UB Map Collection

The [ Map Collection] at the University at Buffalo is the largest in Western New York. It contains over 300,000 maps, 4,000 aerial photos, and 500 atlases covering all regions of the world, with emphases on Buffalo and Erie County, New York State, the United States, and Canada. There are also cartographic resources on the University at Buffalo.

The Map Collection is located in Room 316 on the third floor of Capen Hall in the Science & Engineering Library. Reference assistance, including online searching, cartographic interpretation, and information regarding the purchase of maps is available.

Most of the maps in the Collection have been cataloged and are included in BISON, the UB Libraries Catalog. The Map Collection is arranged using several methods. Maps are arranged by: 1. title (alphabetical); 2. by Library of Congress call number; 3. by U.S. Government SuDocs number (for government-issued maps). Using the Libraries Catalog will assist you in determining which system to use for a particular map/atlas.

Capen Multimedia Center

The Capen Multimedia Center is on the second floor of Capen Hall in the Science & Engineering Library. The Center is part of the Arts & Sciences Libraries and is open to everyone in the UB community and to the general public. It houses audiovisual materials which were previously kept in Lockwood Library, the Science & Engineering Library, and the Undergraduate Library. Materials include videocassettes, DVDs, video laser discs, and microforms. The Center provides equipment for viewing and printing audiovisual materials, with staff members available for assistance.

Health Sciences Library

Founded in 1846, the Health Sciences Library (HSL) provides services to meet the information needs of the instructional, research, and clinical programs in the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health and Health Professions.

The Health Sciences Library includes the Robert L. Brown History of Health Sciences Collection featuring more than 12,000 monographs from the nineteenth century with particular strengths in surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, dentistry, pharmacology, and oncology, as well as historical journal volumes.

Charles B. Sears Law Library

Named for the Honorable Charles Brown Sears, the [ Law Library] occupies six floors in the center of the Law School. The services and research collections are carefully tailored to meet the research and instruction needs of UB Law’s students and faculty. The beautiful facility, often referred to as “the heart of the Law School,” provides a comfortable, modern setting that is very conducive to the study of law.

The Library’s fine collection of more than 500,000 volumes and microform equivalents plus a wide array of online resources in legal and cross-discliplinary subjects is augmented by convenient access to the University’s three-million-volume research collection. When research material is not available on campus, UB Law students are encouraged to use the extensive and efficient interlibrary loan network. The Law Library’s instructional technology resources include a state-of-the-art computer classroom, thirty-three networked computer workstations offering a variety of software, numerous laptop connections, and extensive audiovisual curricular support.

The law-trained librarians answer reference questions, suggest research strategies, help students locate hard-to-find research material, and teach students how to use the online catalog, the Internet, CD-ROMs, Westlaw, and LEXIS-NEXIS, as well as how to perform traditional legal research. With the help of our Koren Audio-Visual Center staff, first-year students videotape practice presentations in order to perfect their oral advocacy skills for the Research and Writing course. The Koren A-V Center also makes available an unusually rich collection of audio and video tapes, which are in high demand for both course review and curriculum enrichment.

With its dedicated staff, outstanding research resources, comfortable carrels and conference rooms, and state-of-the-art computing resources, the Law Library is well positioned to help law students successfully create research projects that utilize the best of electronic and traditional research.

Digital Library Center

The mission of the Digital Library Center is to pursue the Digital Library in all forms; to meet the requirements of the author, reader, researcher, instructor, and student; and to seek out the best practices, tools, and methods for development, management, and persistence of the Digital Library.


[ UBdigit] presents unique University at Buffalo special collections in digital format and available to everyone. The collections have been created to support research, instruction, wider access to fragile and rare materials, and cultural preservation. Explore impressive graphic images related to pulp fiction, universal design products, "mail art," historical medical instruments, opera and ballet photographs, musical concert and festival posters.

Music Library

The primary mission of UB's [ Music Library] is to support the instructional and research needs of the [ UB Music Department] . The Library also supports disciplines which intersect with music, including dance, anthropology, American Studies, theatre, and information and library studies, and serves the music information needs of Western New York's arts community.

Like the University itself, the Music Library's overarching mission is to remain on the cutting edge of research, to help push back the boundaries of knowledge by creatively serving those engaged in that enterprise. The Music Library is committed to providing expert reference service, detailed and relevant access to the library's resources, and a collection which anticipates users' needs.


The Music Department at the University of Buffalo (as it was called at the time) was established in 1951 under the leadership of Cameron Baird. Library support of the department consisted of very meagre holdings in the university's main library and the much stronger holdings of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. By the early 1960s, when the State University of New York system took over the private University of Buffalo, the general library contained a few thousand music-related books and scores on its shelves. The Department of Music offered students and faculty a few hundred LPs for use in half a dozen small listening rooms in its own building, Baird Hall.

Change came quickly in the wake of SUNY affiliation. In 1964, a joint Art and Music Collection was formed in a location remote from both the general library and the music building. By 1966, notable historians from Harvard and Columbia had joined the rapidly expanding Music Department. Their needs exceeded the resources of the small collection. An outside consultant validated the faculty's desire for a departmental music library, and in 1967 James Coover and Carol Bradley were hired to undertake the challenge of building a new music library essentially from scratch.

Finding space for the new music library was one of the challenges. Recognizing the overwhelming advantages of having the music library within its own walls, the Music Department made space available in mid-1969, and in February of 1970, the Music Library opened its doors on the second floor of Baird Hall (now Allen Hall) on South Campus. The record collection and listening facilities remained in the basement until 1973, when they joined the scores, books and journals on the second floor.

Planning for a new music building and music library facility on the new Amherst campus began that same year. In 1981, the department and library moved to the new Baird Hall on the Amherst campus. The present Music Library, which occupies all of the ground floor, opened its doors on August 17, 1981.

Today the Music Library can boast of a large, broad-based collection suitable to support the rigorous demands of music scholarship. It is a testament to the dedication and hard work of its founding librarians and the cooperative efforts of the Music Department and University Libraries. James B. Coover and Carol June Bradley, who both retired in 1999, summarized their achievement in a two-part article, "The Genesis of a Music Library: SUNY at Buffalo," Notes 57:1 (Sept. 2000), 21-45.

pecial Collections

Special Collections is made up of three units: University Archives, The Poetry Collection, and Rare Books.

University Archives

The history of the University at Buffalo and the contributions of the men and women who have shaped and guided the institution since its founding in 1846 can be found in the almost 1,000 collections of University Records. These collections are primary source materials about the University. Collecting, organizing, and providing access to these collections is the primary mission of [ University Archives] .

The Poetry Collection

Devoted to 20th century poetry in English and English translation, [ The Poetry Collection] contains over 100,000 volumes by every major and many minor poets writing in English. Recordings of poets reading from their own works; poets' notebooks, letters, and manuscripts; and a wide variety of literary magazines are also included in this collection. Approximately 5,000 little magazine titles, 1,200 current subscriptions, and a number of portraits, sculptures, and photographs are also availalble.

The James Joyce Collection

in 1962, again through the support of Constance and Walter Stafford, but also through the generosity of Mrs. Spencer Kittinger and the Friends of the Lockwood Memorial Library.

Since its arrival in Buffalo, the Joyce Collection has been the one most actively used by scholars from all over the world. Dozens of books and articles have depended on the authority of manuscript information available only in The Poetry Collection.

The printed portions of the Joyce Collection contain a complete set of first editions, including all issues and states of every book published by Joyce, and a very large number of his magazine appearances. His private library, which has been described in and is accessible through Thomas Connolly's The Personal Library of James Joyce: A Descriptive Bibliography (1955), supports the first edition collection. Virtually all the literary criticism in book form about Joyce's work, and thousands of newspaper clippings are also present to facilitate research.

The manuscript collection has been described by Peter Spielberg in James Joyce's Manuscripts and Letters at the University of Buffalo: A Catalogue (1962), but a part of the materials from Sylvia Beach arrived too late in 1962 to be included. The collection centers around the drafts--both writing and revisions--of Ulysses (1922) and Finnegans Wake (1939). There are notebooks in Joyce's hand for the first novel, followed by transcripts, with corrections and additions, succeeded by proof pages with some additions and corrections. For the second novel, there are notebooks in Joyce's large hand, including "Scribbledehobble: The Ur-Workbook for Finnegans Wake," ytranscriptions of the notebooks, some typescripts, galley proofs, page proofs, and finally Joyce's own copy of the book with his corrections. In support of these central manuscripts, there are documents for A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man and Joyce's lecture on Daniel Defoe. Hundreds of letters both to Sylvia Beach and Joyce, the most important of which are Joyce's own letters to Beach, substantiate the manuscript collection.

Sylvia Beach maintained records of the cost of printing Ulysses, and the amounts paid to Joyce; she also kept notes, subscription forms, and other attendant materials about the publication of the novel. Included here are the letters of John Quinn to Beach and Joyce about the trial involving Ulysses and The Little Review, about the purchase of copies of the first edition of Ulysses and their shipment to New York in the false bottom of a crate, as well as a detailed account of the sale of the manuscript of Ulysses at auction. Beach's correspondence with Darantiere about the printing of Ulysses contains information available from no other source. In addition, Beach also saved copies of the books Joyce presented to her. Her copy of Ulysses was inscribed on 2 February 1922, the date of both Joyce's birthday and the novel's publication. The poem, "Who is Sylvia," in Joyce's hand, is tipped in at the front, while the novel's schema in English is tipped in at the rear. Bound in blue morocco, this remains the most unusual and sumptuous copy of the book known. Over 150 photographs of Joyce and his family, as well as notebooks and sketch books of Lucia, Joyce's daughter, supplement the collection. A group of letters by Lucia Joyce, as well as her copy of the Random House edition of Ulysses, were recently added to the Joyce Collection. [ The James Joyce Collection ] ]

The Robert Graves Collection

Robert Graves was one of the poets originally solicited by Charles Abbott. When a donation by Mrs. Mildred Lockwood Lacey in 1960 made it possible to acquire the manuscript of all Graves' books of poetry and some works in prose published from 1911 until 1955, this extensive archive augmented and extended the collection of British first editions already in The Poetry Collection. There are over 275 publications in the Graves Collection, excluding anthologies, periodical appearances and broadsides. The scarce early pamphlets, Over the Brazier (1916), Fairies and Fusiliers (1917), and Treasure Box (1919), are represented in the collection along with a signed and numbered copy of The Marmosite's Miscellany (1925)--which Graves wrote under the name of John Doyle--the first and second states of Good-bye To All That (1929), Poems 1926-1930 (1931), and No More Ghosts (1940). The later non-fiction and prose works, including the very popular novels, I, Claudius (1934) and Claudius the God (1934), are also present in various states and editions. There is even a copy of the script used for the British Broadcasting Company's serialization of I, Claudius on television.

Graves' habit was to write, revise, and rewrite individual poems many times, even after their appearance in print. A single poem can have multiple drafts, so the manuscripts for an individual book consist of hundreds of pages. The manuscript papers for Whipperginny (192.3)--which can serve as an example for other collections of manuscripts like the ones of Mock Beggar Hall (1924) and The Pierglass (1921)--include sixty-six poems. The single poem, "The Rock Below," has ten drafts, with seventeen sheets of paper, and each draft contains substantive alterations on the way to the final version. In all, there are about eight linear feet of these manuscripts. The archive further contains the author's edition of--as well as two corrected typescript manuscripts for--the pivotal book Good-bye to All That (1929), with Graves' revisions and deletions made in preparation for the second edition. Also a part of the collection are his correspondence to Lynette Roberts, which traces the formation of The White Goddess (1948), and hundreds of other letters to and from other poets. For the late novel, Homer's Daughter (1955), there are corrected typescripts, which clearly show Graves' revising the text in terms of an altered sense of the novel. Some photographs, the knapsack Graves used during World War I, and other memorabilia are also present. Substantial holdings of Laura Riding, a complete set of her first editions as well as manuscripts and letters, support the Graves Collection.

Since 1979 the Graves Collection has been further enriched. All the American editions of the books have been purchased, as have second and other bibliographically important editions. When Martin Seymour Smith's biography, Robert Graves: His Life and Work (1982), appeared, the Poetry Collection was able to acquire the working papers, including notes, photocopies of subsequently missing or destroyed materials, hundreds of letters from poets and acquaintances of Graves, and the unexpurgated version of the biography itself. There are several hundred letters to Seymour-Smith by Graves and other poets, as well as a grand variety of supporting materials. And very recently, the letters of Graves to Sally Chilver, who provided important materials for Graves' King Jesus (1946), were added to the collection.

The manuscripts are now being sorted and arranged in preparation for a complete printed catalog of the holdings. The books and pamphlets are available through the author-title catalog. Robert Graves' poetry has not received the serious attention it deserves, but it will in the future. The book and manuscript collection, supported by the little magazine and anthology collection, give the researcher access to the full range of primary and secondary materials. [ The Robert Graves Collection ] ]

The George Kelley Paperback and Pulp Fiction Collection

[ The George Kelley Paperback and Pulp Fiction Collection] is comprised of well over 25,000 pulp fiction books and magazines. Dr. George Kelley donated the material to the University at Buffalo Libraries in 1994. The Collection has been enhanced by the large number of gifts of books and magazines from Dr. Thomas Shaw and Margarete Shaw. The origins of the collection date back to George Kelley's childhood. [ The George Kelley Paperback and Pulp Fiction Collection ] ]

The Collection includes:

Libraries Annex

The Libraries Annex, approximately 16,000 square feet in size, is specially constructed to house up to 1.5 million volumes of low-use materials. The Annex is located close to both UB campuses at 3850 Rensch Road in Amherst, NY.


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