Schaffer Library

Digital books, articles, and film

How do I get access to digital books, articles, and film in Schaffer Library’s collection?

Finding digital resources in our collection

Schaffer library offers digital access to hundreds of databases and thousands of online journal articles and ebooks. You can view our databases on our Database A-Z Guide or search for specific material using our catalog, Primo.

Schaffer library also offers access to hundreds of online primary databases that provide first or direct evidence about objects, people, events, or works of art. Please visit our Primary Source Database A-Z guide to access a partial list of primary databases.

When accessing digital resources through our catalog, you will be prompted to log in using your Union username and password. You do not need a VPN. For more information, we have put together a guide on getting off-campus access. Please contact to learn more about our online resources or if you encounter problems finding and accessing digital content.

streaming Services

The library has access to several streaming services. Use the advanced search (Material Type = Video/Film) in Primo to find titles available for streaming in the classroom. If you do not see the title you wish to stream, please send an email to Robyn Reed ( for assistance. If we do not own the video you need, please use the Suggest a Purchase form or contact Raik Zaghloul (, Head of Collection Development.

Remote Access

You can still access many of our resources online, without a need for a VPN. (Faculty abroad may need to use the campus VPN.) View instructions for connecting remotely on our off-campus access page.