Frequently Asked Questions




Media Inquiries

How do I know what periodicals the library subscribes to?

For periodicals in print check the library catalog. For online periodicals check the list of online periodicals. An increasing number of online periodicals are also included in the library catalog.

Can I use the library databases off-campus?

If you have a current SLC network username and password you can. If you are having trouble, email or call x2225.

What do I do if I am having trouble getting started researching a project/using an online database?

Sign up for a research consultation with a reference librarian using our online form.

Can I suggest that the library purchase a book/video/journal?

Yes. SLC students, faculty and staff members can fill out the Request an Item form.

How do I know what books I have checked out?

You can log into your Library account with your MySLC User ID and Password.

What do I do if the library does not have a book/journal that I need to use?

Sarah Lawrence College offers Interlibrary Loan services to Sarah Lawrence students and faculty. To request an item via ILL, visit our Interlibrary Loan Request Guide page.

Who do I talk to about fines?

Contact Christina Kasman at 914.395.2432 or For information about circulation policies, visit the Circulation Policies page.

What do I do if someone has a book checked out that I need to use?

You may place a recall by finding the book in the library catalog and clicking the “Place Recall” button. Fill out and submit the form and you will be contacted by email when the book arrives at the library for you to pick up.

I looked up a book in the catalog and it said "no holdings information available." What do I do?

You must speak with a library staff member during regular business hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Where are print periodicals kept?

Current periodicals are in the Periodicals Room on the main level in alphabetical order. Back issues (often bound volumes) are on the lower level in call number order. Periodicals on microfilm/microfiche are kept in cabinets on the lower level near the SLC Archives.

Does the library have a collection of Government Documents?

Yes. Sarah Lawrence is a "Federal Depository Library" and houses a varied collection of government documents. For more information about the collection, go to the Government Documents page.

When was the library built?

The Esther Raushenbush Library was built in 1974 and was honored by the American Institute of Architects for its outstanding design.