About Coulter Library

With its staff of knowledgeable librarians and through its extensive print and non-print collections of materials in subject areas of interest to students in all curricula, Sidney B. Coulter Library is a major learning resource for the college and a hub of self-directed learning.


Coulter Library has a collection of more than 100,000 items, including books, periodicals and periodical indexes, multimedia materials, pamphlet files, and special collections of local and state history. This entire collection of print and non-print materials is accessible through the library's Discovery Search Service. A myriad of electronic resources are also available through the library's web page.


Coulter's reference librarians provide individual reference assistance and group instruction in research methods and procedures. The library also offers two courses, Library 100: The Art of Inquiry [1 credit] and Library 210: Real-World Research [1 credit].


Through the Interlibrary Loan department members of the college community can obtain from participating local, state and national libraries needed materials [books, journal, magazine and newspaper articles] that Coulter Library does not own. Onondaga Community College is part of the State University of New York, the largest public university system in the United States. OCC students have borrowing privileges at all SUNY libraries. Material requests can be made using our online form


Coulter Library is easily accessible to students with special needs. Services include a variable speed audio tape recorder, a video print magnifier, a computer image enlarger, text reader software and close-captioned videos.