About the Colgate University Libraries

The Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology opened in March 2007. The Case library serves the arts and humanities, social sciences, interdisciplinary areas, and university studies. The Geyer Center for Information Technology serves the computing and technology needs of the entire Colgate community. The five-story, 151,000-square-foot structure brings together the university’s print, media, and digital resources. The result is an interactive, user-friendly facility supporting the collaborative learning central to study in the liberal arts. Case-Geyer’s atrium and many windows provide natural light throughout the building. Four large reading rooms provide vistas of the beautiful Colgate campus.



The library supports student and faculty research with a collection of approximately 818,078 print book/periodical volumes, 444,977 e-books, and 149,896 print and digital periodicals. Maps, state and U.S. government documents, audio recordings and 15,706 films round out the collections. Colgate participates in the ConnectNY library consortium’s shared collection of over 5 million titles. Our automated storage and retrieval (LASR) system can hold 550,000 volumes, all conveniently accessed through the library online catalog. See our video on how LASR works.

Students, faculty, and staff can use cul.colgate.edu to find books and media, search 286 databases, check the location and status of specific items, request items from other libraries, chat with or text a reference librarian, or request personalized research assistance. The Digital Commons @ Colgate institutional repository houses student honors theses, faculty scholarship, and our library newsletters.



Reference librarians provide personalized assistance in finding and assessing information resources. Reference service is available at our reference desk, by e-mail, via chat, and through personal research consultations. Librarians collaborate with faculty to provide around 300 information literacy sessions each year, and we provide a broad range of course and subject guides. Colgate’s participation in the Information Delivery Services (IDS) Project adds speed and efficiency to our interlibrary loan service. The Colgate libraries offer full course reserve services to faculty for both print and online materials.

To contact us individually, please see our Staff Directory.



The Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology includes state-of-the-art facilities for research and scholarship.  The level five Learning Commons provides a wide array of user spaces including a café, 24-hour study space, service desk, Batza Meeting Room, Cronin Learning Lab, Grover-Hargrove Digital Learning and Media Center, group study rooms, seminar rooms, and a reading room with a beautiful view of Payne Brook and Taylor Lake. Level 4 provides a variety of study spaces, current periodicals, and books in LC classes J-L,N-Z.  

On the level three main corridor, staff members provide user assistance at the Circulation Desk, Research Services Help Desk, and IT Service Desk. Resources along “main street” include the reference collection, books in LC class M, computers, scanners, printers, photocopiers and microform reader-printers.

Special Collections and University Archives on level two houses major collections on Joseph Conrad and George Bernard Shaw, rare books, historical and biographical materials relating to alumni and faculty, and significant collections of Hamilton and Madison County history. Level two includes study spaces and the books in LC classes A-H.  Level one houses government documents and audio and video recording studios.

The George R. Cooley Science Library in McGregory Hall was renovated in 2015. The library serves the natural sciences, mathematics, computer science, and psychology. The Cooley Library provides students books in LC classes Q-T, journals, study spaces, course reserves and personal research assistance.