freadingFreading offers access to over 20,000 ebooks, with new titles added weekly. A wide range of categories is available, such as fiction, comics & graphic novels, biographies, gardening, crafts, cooking, travel, art & design, and much more!

Freading has its own apps for the iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and Android phones. It is also compatible with the Kindle Fire, the Nook devices, and Kobo devices.

Users can download a select number of books each week. All books are always available and can be checked out for 14 days. You can renew books for another 14 days by going back to the book display on the website and hitting the download button again.

*To access Freading, you must log in using the 16-digit number (starting with 6012) on your Skidmore ID card.
Freading is available through the generosity of Brian Downing, CEO of Library Ideas, LLC, Skidmore Class of ’86.

Rocket Languages

RocketLanguagesLearn a language on your own terms and in your own time! With Rocket Languages you will be speaking and improving your language skills with every lesson by taking part in the modern, everyday conversations with an Interactive Audio Course. In addition, you will learn to speak the language naturally with language and culture lessons while building your vocabulary and improving your audio recognition of common words and phrases.

You can learn Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, or Sign Language.

*To access Rocket Languages, you must create an account so you can save your work. Then log in with your email address.

Rocket Languages is available through the generosity of Brian Downing, CEO of Library Ideas, LLC, Skidmore Class of ’86.

Digital Collections: Saratoga Maps

SaratogaMapBeginning with the 1872 illustrated map of Saratoga by R.F. Dearborn, the 1880 map of Woodlawn Park, the infamous residence of Mr. Henry Hilton, and the current location of Skidmore College, the Saratoga Maps Collection offers a rich insight into the history of Skidmore, Saratoga Springs, and Saratoga County. This collection spans almost 100 years, and provides a variety of perspectives into the area. The original maps are housed in Special Collections & Archives.

Lucy Scribner Library's Digital Collections allow virtual browsing of materials from our Special Collections and Archives that are not openly accessible due to age, fragility and/or historical value.

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Popular Fiction and Non-Fiction Collection

SummerReadingLooking for a good summer read? The Popular Fiction and Non-Fiction Collection is a changing collection of current best-sellers, popular fiction and non-fiction books, including graphic novels, for your reading pleasure. The collection is located on the main floor of the Lucy Scribner Library near the DVD and CD collections. These books may be checked out for two weeks. The books are arranged on the shelves alphabetically by author and can be searched in the Library Catalog by either author or title.

To search for books in the Popular Fiction and Non-Fiction Collection, go to the Advanced Search in the library catalog, LUCY, and select “Popular Fiction & Non-Fiction Collection” under Format.

To view a selection of new books in the Browsing Collection, please visit the Library’s Pinterest page!

One Credit Library Research Course

The Library offers a 1-credit course designed to help make your life easier!

LI 100, taught in the first half of the semester, is open to all students, provides an in-depth overview of the research process, and helps students to develop their database search skills.

Keep your sanity and register for LI 100: Electronic Information Resources by selecting Library on the Master Schedule.

Visit the Instructional Services page for more information about instruction opportunities at the Lucy Scribner Library.

Dance in Video: Volume II: New Database

DAV2Dance in Video: Volume II accommodates the needs of today’s dance students by pairing recorded performances from world-renowned dance companies with instructional videos from acclaimed teachers. The second volume expands upon the foundation built in Volume I, and showcases a new catalogue of dancers and partners including the Joffrey Ballet, John Jasperse Company, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Bavarian State Ballet, Royal Ballet and the Kirov Ballet. Students seeking to fine-tune specific techniques can explore instructional materials from the George Balanchine Foundation covering basic and advanced ballet techniques, including jumps, turns, pirouettes, barre work, pointe technique, and more.

To round out the study of dance, Volume II also incorporates interviews and documentaries featuring Trey McIntyre, Margot Fonteyn, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Darcy Bussell, Yvonne Meier, Saburo Teshigawara, and other key performers and choreographers.

Volume II will comprise 400 hours of video when complete. When paired with Dance in Video: Volume I, this resource provides more than 900 hours of dance video through one convenient, cross-searchable database. The diverse content supports a wide range of courses, from dance history and dance appreciation to choreography, dance composition, and improvisation.

Key features of the resource include searchable, scrolling transcripts. Search for phrases like “pas de deux” or “Sanghyang dances” and find the exact point in the video where this is discussed. Faculty and students can create, annotate and share video clips, embed video into any website to maximize access, and show full-screen videos in class at streaming rates of up to 2.5mbps.

Art and Architecture Archive: New Database

aaaArt and Architecture Archive is a major research resource comprising the digitized backfiles of many of the foremost art and architecture magazines of the 20th century. It is a unique collection of the essential primary sources for studying the history of these subjects. The magazines cover the spectrum of subdisciplines, from fine and applied arts to interior design, industrial design, and landscape gardening. Each issue is scanned from cover to cover in high resolution color and presented in page image format with fully searchable text. With deep backfile coverage from first issues through to 2005, this is an essential resource for scholarly research of the arts from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first century.

The high-quality reproduction and easy discoverability of all images contained in the original issues will allow you to draw inspiration from the many artworks displayed in visual arts titles such as Apollo and Art Monthly. They may also study features and reviews revealing the contemporary reception of specific works.

Trade magazines, widely recognized as indispensable sources for art and architecture, are also strongly represented. Research materials and technical guidance are available to those working in areas including graphic design and product design, in publications such as Print, Architectural Review, and Graphis, respectively.

In combination, the consumer magazines and the trade publications comprise an invaluable reference source, as a historical record of the art and architecture industries. Through reviews, advertisements, exhibition listings, and awards, users may trace the careers of major artists and architects, as well as the history of the commercialization and marketing of art.

Information for Study and Exam Days

  • time-flies-clockThe Library has extended hours!
  • Need help with your research? Ask a librarian!
  • Looking for a quiet place to study? Try the 3rd floor of the library.
  • Need help writing your paper? Visit the Writing Center on the 4th floor.
  • Also see the Skidmore Guide to Writing.
  • Working on a bibliography for a paper? Don’t forget about our online style guides, like the Chicago Manual of Style, and the Owl Writing Center @ Purdue for MLA and APA citation help!
  • Refworks can help you generate formatted bibliographies using information exported from the Library catalog (LUCY), research databases, web sites, and other information sources.

Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels: Volume II

UndergroundIIUnderground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels: Volume II expands on the debut database by offering an additional 100,000 pages of important, rare, and hard-to-find works, scholarly writings, and more. The collection is ideal for students and researchers seeking a holistic perspective on the historical role of underground comics. Dozens of associated scholarly writings and commentaries add perspective and enrich understanding of the works and their cultural significance.

Volume II adds extensive coverage of the pre-Comics Code era horror, crime, romance, and war comics that fueled the backlash leading to one of the largest censorship campaigns in U.S. history. Selections include works by visionaries such as Alex Toth, Steve Ditko, Alan Moore, and Jack Kirby. Also targeted for inclusion is the complete EC Comics archive, including Tales from the Crypt, Two-Fisted Tales, and many others both famous and infamous.

Volume II also contains tens of thousands of pages of non-mainstream, post-code comics and secondary materials from around the world, including the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, England, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Korea, Japan, and more.

Using multiple combinable search fields, users can search comics by material type, coloring, publication date, writer, character, genre, and more.

See also: Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels I

Comic Books: Take One, Leave One

comicscollectionWe have an exciting new feature in the library. If you go to the shelving that used to hold the faculty publications (to the right of the door to the Library Office) you will now see a collection of comics. This is an evolving display, so it may change over time.

You may take a comic book, return it, or put another comic book in its place. You do not need to check them out!

The comic books were donated by Professor John Anzalone, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. Anzalone has taught a 1-credit course called From Super-Heroes to Anxiety Attacks, which traces the evolution that takes American sequential narrative art from comic strip to comic book to graphic novel.

“I actually became a voracious reader because of comic books. I certainly started with them well before I had any inkling about serious literature, but they primed me to appreciate many aspects of storytelling and myth making. And for a poor Italian American kid with minimum means, they were affordable entertainment!

As a kid I got a small stack of them, all different superheroes and mystery/crime titles, from one of my aunts as a birthday present. I promptly left my own birthday party and went and hid out in my room to read the colorful and enticing tales between those splendid covers. Except for about 5 years while doing a PHD, I have always bought, read, collected and enjoyed comic books and now their heir, graphic novels. I've slowed down in recent years because of my many responsibilities, but I remained pretty faithful to the characters (Batman, Superman, Spiderman) and the genres (crime, horror, mystery, westerns) that filled my head as a kid.

The books I've given to the library represent a range of materials from the last ten years, a period when comic artwork has reached a level of sophistication undreamt of in the first fifty years of the medium.”

Freegal: Streaming and Downloadable Music

FreegalFreegal Music (“free and legal” music) offers access to about 7 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. In total, the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 80 countries.

Freegal Music covers a variety of genres, which you can search here:

Freegal allows unlimited streaming music and the ability to download a limited number of tracks each week.  A download usage counter is located in the upper right corner of the database, displaying your weekly allotment. For instance, 1/5 means that you have a weekly limit of 5 free downloads, and you have used 1 of those downloads. The download counter resets each week on Monday at 12:01 AM.

Freegal Music also offers 15,000 videos for you to choose from. As a video is premium content, a video download will count as 2 of your weekly music selections.  If you do not have 2 downloads left, you will not be able to download a video. The videos are in MP4 format, and are yours to keep.  

Freegal Music apps are available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

*To access Freegal Music, you must log in using the 16-digit number (starting with 6012) on your Skidmore ID card.

Freegal Music is available through the generosity of Brian Downing, CEO of Library Ideas, LLC, Skidmore Class of ’86.

New Database: IBISWorld

IBISWorld2IBISWorld is an extensive collection of industry market research and industry risk ratings covering the United States and Global economies that may be searched by keyword, company or industry code. Since 1971 IBISWorld has provided thoroughly researched, accurate and current business information. Today, IBISWorld employs a team of dedicated expert analysts that researches economic, demographic and government data so you don’t have to. The database provides valuable insight into America’s 700+ industries.

Whether you require a better understanding of market conditions and forecasts; whether you need a clearer picture of a supply chain, or whether you need to keep abreast of competitor activity in your industry, IBISWorld’s comprehensive reports will keep you informed.

For help with using the database, please use the IBISWorld  Getting Started Manual.

Database Trial: Music Online: Classical Scores Library, Volume III

ScoresIIIMusic Online: Classical Scores Library, Volume III brings together 400,000 pages of in-copyright editions when complete. When combined with Volume I and Volume II, the series encompasses more than one million pages of classical scores for teaching and study.

Content and Scope

This collection focuses on modern editions from major publishers like Chester Music, Novello and Company, Faber Music, Wilhelm Hansen, Donemus and more. It provides expanded coverage of great choral works and instrumental scores for brass, woodwind, and other instrument groups. The collection provides a wealth of material suited to supporting courses in music theory, music history, music literature, and composition.

The collection features modern editions of works by Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Byrd, Gibbons, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Monteverdi, Mozart, and Purcell, as well as works by major composers such as Elgar, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and many more. As with Volume II, this collection also includes previously unpublished scores that are now available for study for the first time, including the scores of many composers who self-publish.

Coverage of score types is comprehensive, with full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and other formats. Users can access full scores, jump directly to individual movements, and print scores for personal and class study or notation.


Scores are viewable in fast-loading JPG format with links to movements and acts. Users can zoom in to examine specific measures and tempo markings more closely. Other features include static URLs for each score and movement, plus personalized playlists that let users organize favorites and enable instructors to create and share course-tailored score collections. Future releases will include the ability to identify passages of scores for citation and then save and annotate for use in playlists and online syllabi.

See also: Volumes I and II of Classical Scores Library

Black Studies Center

paradeBlack Studies Center is a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies that includes scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, and much more. It brings together essential historical and current material for researching the past, present, and future of African-Americans; the wider African Diaspora; and Africa itself.

Black Studies Center is comprised of several cross-searchable component databases, including The Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, Index to Black Periodicals Full Text, Black Literature Index, and the Chicago Defender historical newspaper from 1912-1975.

This unique database examines interdisciplinary topics on the African experience throughout the Americas via in-depth essays accompanied by detailed timelines along with important research articles, images, video, and more.

Black Studies Center can be found on the Library’s Research Databases page.

For more information about Black Studies Center: