The following list is compiled of colleges and universities with the top tech-savvy libraries in the Northeast. These schools were chosen based on stand-out features in their libraries, specifically relating to technology.
Middlebury College provides access to hundreds of thousands of eBooks and audiobooks, some of which are open to the public through the Davis Family Library. Middlebury also offers courses on the technology of research and provides consistent tech support to ensure student success.
The most notable tech-savvy feature of Middlebury’s library is its Special Collections & Archives blog. This academic blog introduces new works to users and explains how to find, read and use archival pieces.
New York, NY
The BLAIS program and IMATS initiative stand out among Barnard’s library amenities. The Barnard Library & Academic Information Services (BLAIS) is a collection of advanced library features offered to individuals in and around the Barnard community. Instructional Media & Technology Services (IMATS) falls in this category. IMATS provides tips on using film equipment, computer programs, blogging and more.
University of Vermont
The University of Vermont pushes the envelope when it comes to tech-savvy library services and programs. The university has a customized online platform that updates members of the school and its surrounding community on relevant news.
UVM also administers projects that engage students and professors in academic conversations through technology. The Vermont Medicine Magazine encourages scholars of all levels to work together and present clear summaries of their work through this online quarterly publication. The Vermont Digital Newspaper Project digitizes tons of Vermont newspapers from the 19th and 20th centuries to make them available to anyone on campus.
New Haven, CT
The Yale Library stands out when it comes to helping students find research materials. All students get a personal librarian to answer research questions, send library updates and offer general assistance. The university also sponsors its own borrowing system called “Get It @ Yale.” Users can log in online and borrow sources from a variety of libraries.
The EliScholar program gathers scholarly work completed by students and professors and keeps it in one place for easy access. To top it off, Yale University has thousands of eBooks and audiobooks available for use.
Tufts University has eight unique libraries on campus and access to 19 others in surrounding areas. Among these collections are over 38,000 electronic journals, 24,000 video recordings, 915,000 books, a media lab, and more than 15,000 CDs. Whatever Tufts students are looking for, they’re likely to find it in the library.
The Vassar College library excels at keeping in touch with students abroad and presenting digital research. The JYA program ensures that students studying off-campus maintain access to resources they need. It offers technical support, book delivery, database access and more.
Vassar also has a digital library available to all students and faculty. The art library presents an exclusive slideshow of historical pieces. This tech-savvy feature lets viewers enjoy art from various decades, styles and artists.
Northeastern University encourages students to explore interests and share experiences on various online platforms including a research blog, a hashtag sharing program and the school’s innovative co-op program.
Northeastern encourages experiential learning. This hands-on approach gives students real-life field experience, much of which relates to technological studies or advancement.
Cornell University is stacked with 22 main libraries, 10 supplemental collections and a variety of reading rooms. Students have access to millions of volumes, both print and electronic, in multiple disciplines. Plus, the Cornell Library offers 24/7 technical support.
Cornell keeps students, faculty and local residents updated with its “Library in the News” section. Readers can learn what’s new and hear about what others have to say about this top-tier research center. The Cornell Library also notifies visitors of recent news through its Story Archive platform.
Harvard University’s renowned academic reputation shines through in the school’s library facilities. With more than 70 libraries and collections covering topics as diverse as Sanskrit and statistics, the Harvard community has a wide variety of sources to choose from. Researchers can access sources through a variety of mediums, including microforms, eBooks, online databases and more.
Harvard also participates in the edX program, an online class forum that makes top-tier professors and curriculums available to anyone. HarvardX students use technology to access the university’s high-level education.
The Amherst College Library provides more than 26,000 films, documents and videos through its Kanopy video streaming service.
Amherst also partners with other Massachusetts schools as part of the Five College Consortium for increased borrowing potential. Students can research from all five schools’ libraries simultaneously. Plus with a list of research guides and tons of collections to choose from, the Amherst library makes finding sources easier.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Students expect the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to have a tech-savvy library – and it doesn’t disappoint. The school has six inclusive, multi-disciplinary libraries and a state of the art research lab, Lincoln Laboratory.
MIT also participates in edX with its MITx program, making its technological expertise available to anyone with an Internet connection. The school sponsors xTalks: Digital Discourses as yet another way to engage students across the globe and spread technological understanding.
New York, NY
At Columbia University, students can easily find what their looking for with 10 libraries, six local cooperative branches and eight national and international partnering libraries to search through. The Columbia community has access to tons of books, journals, music, images and more through its E-Resources databases.
Columbia keeps students, faculty and the surrounding community informed with several technological tools. The library website lets visitors read about library and school-wide news, events and updates. The school also offers help with citing, tools for researching and access to borrowing services.
University of New Hampshire
The University of New Hampshire library pulls from over 2 million print and E-Volumes for students to choose from. It also offers more than 36,000 serial subscriptions – both print and electronic.
UNH also offers online courses to increase educational accessibility. Students can borrow from other New Hampshire libraries through a statewide sharing program organized online.
Boston University’s tech-savvy library collections include eBooks, eJournals, databases, and online borrowing and renewing services. The university also provides research guides and expert librarian help. Students can make a research appointment to improve their source-finding efforts.
Williams College is constantly pushing the envelope with its library services. The school recently completed construction on the brand new Sawyer Library with cutting-edge facilities and easy-to-use resources. Williams has a handful of other libraries including the Schow Science Library, the Chapin Library of rare books and the Archives and Special Collections. If students can’t find what they’re looking for in any of these, they can use the school’s interlibrary loan services to find it elsewhere.
In addition to exclusive digitized “signature collections,” Williams offers online resources to help its students. The Eph Survival Guide is a unique document that offers advice for citing sources and avoiding plagiarism.
Swarthmore College has 11 distinct library collections for students and faculty to use. These collections cover a myriad of disciplines from religion to science.
If students can’t find what they need there, Swarthmore’s Tripod partnership with Haverford and Bryn Mawr allows researchers to look through all three library systems at once. Swarthmore also offers easy borrowing procedures to make sure any source can be delivered.
University of Pennsylvania
With 20 libraries and centers across campus, University of Pennsylvania students have access to thousands of electronic and print sources. The school also coordinates with state institutions – such as hospitals, labs and libraries – to increase borrowing potential.
UPenn also offers online classes to make learning more accessible. These free classes are available globally and cover a range of fields from arts to sciences.
Princeton’s 13 libraries are the foundation for learning at the university. From East Asian studies to music education, the Princeton libraries have something for every major. Plus, the Cotsen Children’s Library hosts events to promote a love of learning in kids.
Princeton uses an organizational online research tool called BrowZine to make it easier for students to find the sources they’re looking for.
Students also benefit from a wide variety of library services. Research help, campus updates, thesis assistance and faculty involvement are just a few of the services the library provides.
At Colby College, students can use 4 distinct libraries: the Bixler Art & Music Library, Miller Library, the digital and special collections library and the science library. Scholars from any major can find the sources they need at this liberal arts college.
The Colby archives feature many digitized sources. Students can also use the school’s interlibrary loan policy if the sources they need can’t be found on campus.