Case Library East Entrance facing the admissions building

Access to materials

All requested physical materials from Case Library may be picked up in the third floor East entrance of Case-Geyer, facing James B. Colgate Hall.

Requested physical materials from the Cooley Science Library may also be picked up in the third floor East entrance of Case-Geyer, facing James B. Colgate Hall.  

Pick-up times are TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, and THURSDAY 9am - 4pm; closed all other days.

Extended Loan Period and Return of Materials

Due-dates for all Colgate owned library materials will automatically be extended until August 10, 2020. If students or faculty are not able to return materials to the library by that date overdue fees will be waived once the item is returned.

Temporary Return of Materials while Case and Colley Libraries are closed:

While on campus materials may be returned to the book drop at the east entrance vestibule.

If you are not able to return items to campus they may be shipped back to the Library at:

Attn: Case library   or   Cooley Library

13 Oak Drive

Hamilton, NY, 13346

Digitization of course materials for Moodle

During the Covid-19 crisis, Colgate University Libraries will be digitizing materials for use by faculty in online teaching.

Faculty may complete the Course Materials Digitization Form to place a request for scanning of materials from both Case-Geyer and Cooley Science libraries.

Document Delivery 

Faculty and students may request print journal articles, book chapters and other documents to be scanned from Colgate University Libraries.

We will continue this service as long as we have staff that are physically able to access materials.

Faculty Request (same form as the Course Materials Digitization Form)

Student Request

What CAN be requested?

  • - Journal articles 
  • - Table of contents
  • - Book chapters 

What CAN'T be requested?

  • - Items from Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA)
  • - Items too fragile or brittle for scanning

Students, faculty, and staff with disabilities may be eligible for additional modifications of library services. Please contact Debbie Krahmer, the Accessible Technology and Government Documents Librarian, for more information and assistance. 

Request & Pick-Up

“Request” an item in Colgate Libraries’ catalog and pick up books and other materials inside third floor East entrance of Case-Geyer, facing the James B. Colgate Hall. Your name will be on your item(s).  Materials from both Case-Geyer and the Cooley Science Library can be picked up at this same location.

Interlibrary Loan

Colgate University Libraries are still providing digitized articles and book chapters. Although we are unable to ship borrowed materials such as books, we can scan chapters or entire books as needed for ILL items that have already arrived or have already been shipped. 

In the case that you receive a notification that a physical item has arrived at Case Library, please email Lisa King ( A scan of the table of contents will be sent to you. From there, you can contact Lisa and let her know what chapter(s) you would like scanned.

Requests for books and other physical items through ILL will no longer be processed starting March 16th, due to many libraries suspending their physical borrowing services. 

Loan requests for electronic materials WILL continue, but as academic libraries across the country close due to COVID-19 patrons should expect a significant delay.

Materials return to libraries

Please do NOT return Colgate books, DVDs, etc. via mail or other delivery service; we will not charge for items that go to overdue/lost status as long as they are returned to us after things get back to normal.  

If you are on campus, library materials may be returned to the book return located inside the third floor East entrance of Case-Geyer, facing James B. Colgate Hall and the book drop located outside of the Cooley Science Library.

Copyright and Fair Use* during a crisis

In providing the digitization services we must follow relevant copyright laws. However, due to the current public health crisis due to COVID-19, copyright laws may be interpreted more leniently for scholarly use. 

As long as Colgate Libraries are being thoughtful, providing good copyright information when asked, and limiting activities to specific, time-bound needs of instructors and students for the rest of the semester, CUL has space to support our faculty and students at this moment. In doing so, we are applying fair use prudently and managing risk sensibly but we are not crafting permanent policy.

*Fair use is a flexible limitation on copyright which states “Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106” (the copyright owner’s rights) “the fair use of a copyrighted work…for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research” is not an infringement of copyright. 

Statement on Fair Use and emergency remote teaching

Digital Textbooks

If students make an account through these two websites, they will have access to 7 e-books/textbooks until May 25 to help support online study for the remainder of the semester.

For more information on how to sign up for RedShelf, click here.

For more information on how to sign up for VitalSource Bookshelf, click here.