Library Staff & Departments

Directory by Department

Here are four quick links and a complete list of all library departments and services are below.


Main Contact: (518) 388-6277
Location: Schaffer Library, third floor, closest to the stairs / elevator by the building's main entrance.

Adirondack Research Library

Main Contact: (518) 388-7000
Location: 897 St. David's Lane, Niskayuna, NY 12309
Website: Visit the ARL's website for hours and more information

Circulation & Course Reserves

Main Contact: (518) 388-6280
Location: Schaffer Library, first floor to the left of main entrance.
Website: Visit the Circulation webpages for more information

Collection Development

Main Contact:
Location: Schaffer Library, first floor.

The goal of collection development at Schaffer Library is to build a balanced collection to meet the information needs of the students and faculty at Union College. Identification, selection and evaluation of items for the collections are all functions of this office.

The collection development librarian reviews suggestions for new materials in all formats: print, video, microform, audio and electronic. They consult with faculty on the resources needed to support new course development. They receive offers of donations to the collection (gifts)

Content and Digital Library Systems (CDLS)

Main Contact: (518) 388-6631
Location: Schaffer Library, first floor behind circulation.

The Content and Digital Library Systems (CDLS) department of Schaffer Library provides access to the highest quality information possible in the best formats possible. We are responsible for selecting, acquiring, managing, digitizing, and providing the systems needed to ensure availability of a wide variety of materials in support of the Union curriculum and scholarship both at and beyond the College.

Digital Scholarship

Main Contact:
Website: Visit the Digital Scholarship website for more information

Digital scholarship is research and teaching that critically engages with data and computing technologies. Digital scholars employ computational tools and methods to extend knowledge production, dissemination, and preservation, while also uncovering technology’s limitations, biases, and misuses to create a more just and equitable digital world.

Government Documents

Main Contact:
Location: Schaffer Library
Website: Government Documents collection

Schaffer Library's government documents collection was established in 1901 and contains both print and electronic resources.

ILL / Illiad / InterLibrary Loan

Main Contact: (518) 388-6282
Website: Learn more about InterLibrary Loan

If Schaffer Library doesn't have the material you need, you can borrow it from another library through interlibrary loan (ILL). Available for FREE for students, faculty and staff.

Mandeville Gallery

Main Contact: (518) 388-6729
Location: The Nott Memorial, on the second floor.
Website: Visit the Mandeville Gallery website for hours and more information

Permanent Collection

Main Contact: (518) 388-6729
Location: The Nott Memorial, on the second floor.
Website: Visit the Permanent Collection website for more information

Union College holds over 3,000 works of art and material culture in the Permanent Collection, including significant cultural resources from internationally recognized artists and objects from Eastern and Ancient cultures.

Research & Instruction

Main Contact:
Website: Learn more about Research & Instruction services.

Librarians are available to help with all aspects of library research. They meet with students individually, in classes, or in informal groups to help students locate and use resources for research. We offer consultations with faculty members interested in research-based assignments, partnering to develop librarian-led instruction sessions, and developing online course resources.

All Schaffer Library Staff and Librarians

Here is our complete list of library staff and librarians in alphabetical order: