Student Resources

How do I find digital resources through the library?


Did you know that Schaffer Library has over 800,000 books and 120,000 journals online? Search for specific material using our catalog, Primo.

Access Primo

Database Guide

Or, you can view our databases on our Database A-Z guide.

View the Database Guide

Primary Sources

Database Guide

Schaffer library also offers access to hundreds of online primary source 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.

Primary Source Database A-Z Guide

Special Collections

Many of Union College’s Special Collections are also available online, follow the link below.

Digital Collections

Senior Thesis Info

Learn more about the process of submitting your completed honors thesis, the forms you and your advisor will need to provide, and how to determine access to your thesis.

Senior Thesis Help

Union College's Permanent Art Collection

Online Art Collection

Take a look at our online art collection.

Take me there!


Check out recorded artist talks as well.

Have a listen!

Digital Scholarship at Schaffer Library

Digital scholarship is research and teaching that critically engages with data and computing technologies. Digital scholars employ computational tools and methods (such as 3D / AR / VR) 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.

Learn more about DSI

No VPN Needed

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. Note: students studying abroad and international students at home may need the VPN before starting research. 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.

Off-Campus Access

Ask a Librarian

Librarians are available to answer questions about how to conduct research and how to navigate our resources. We are available by phone, email, and appointment.

Ask a Librarian

Digital Resources to help you de-stress

Check out some animal cams, links to relaxing sounds and music, yoga & meditation resources, as well as some suggested podcasts that will help calm, unwind and inspire.

Relax with these resources

Who do I contact in the library if I have questions or issues?

If you don’t know who to contact in the library with your question, please reach out to, and we’ll ensure your question gets to the right place.