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.

Using Ensemble to stream media in our collections

The library uses Ensemble to stream video content from our collection. To place a streaming request, please send a list of titles, via email, to Jason Nistico ( You will receive a link to Ensemble that can be embedded on Nexus. Materials will be made available for access on Ensemble as soon as possible. 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.

Shipping and Scanning Requests

The library will mail Schaffer Library books to Union faculty and students living in the continental United States. The library will also scan articles and book chapters. Please see the Circulation and Course Reserves webpages for instructions on how to place shipping and scanning requests. The library will review entire book scanning requests on a case-by-case basis. Please be advised that the scanning and shipping services are subject to change based on COVID-19-related restrictions to campus and our physical collections.