Libraries & Collections
The Libraries own more than 4 million print volumes as well as media and special collections. Computers located throughout the Libraries provide access to 360+ research databases and more than 150,000 electronic journals and thousands of e-books. Many of these resources can only be found in the University Libraries and are unavailable elsewhere in Western New York.
Established in 1974, the Architecture & Planning Library is located on the third floor of Abbott Hall on UB’s South Campus. Our collections and services support the university’s School of Architecture and Planning, focusing on the fields of architecture, design, urban and regional planning, historic preservation, landscape architecture, zoning, and urban and environmental studies.
The Charles B. Sears Law Library occupies six floors in the center of the School of Law, and boasts a variety of different study spaces available for all UB students. Collections and services are tailored to support the research and educational missions of the UB School of Law community.
To enhance access to the Libraries’ rich and diverse collections, UB librarians have digitized thousands of historical photographs, print materials, audio and video recordings, artworks, and other unique materials. Our digital collections support teaching and learning activities, enrich scholarship and research, and provide access to rare or fragile items that may be too delicate to be handled regularly by the public.
The Health Sciences Library in Abbott Hall on the South Campus offers services to meet the information needs of students and faculty in UB’s five health sciences schools: the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the School of Public Health and Health Professionals.
The Libraries Annex, a 16,000-square-foot, high-density storage facility, houses more than one million low-use books and journals. This specially-constructed building includes a reading room, document delivery center, staff work areas and parking. Annex materials may be used on-site or requested via the Libraries’ Delivery+ service.
Lockwood Memorial Library, the largest of UB’s libraries, is located on UB’s North Campus. Lockwood’s collections, librarians and services support students and faculty in Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Management, and Social Work. Our online and in-person library services connect you with people and information sources to assist with your research.
Multimedia Collections & Services, located on the third floor of Silverman Library, is home to an extensive collection of DVDs, CDs and other audio visual formats as well as video recording studios and editing stations. Streaming video and audio titles are available for coursework, research and entertainment.
The Music Library supports the instructional and research needs of the UB Music Department and provides support to disciplines that intersect with music. The Music Library also serves the music information needs of our local arts community and is a destination for casual listeners wishing to expand their musical horizons. We welcome all who study or simply enjoy music.
Located in the center of UB’s North Campus, the Oscar A. Silverman Library in Capen Hall is an innovative 21st-century learning environment. This newly-renovated space is a vibrant hub of activity, discovery and connectivity for students, faculty and staff.
The Center is a focal point for assisting students with scientific and technical questions, ranging from what types of microgravity experiments NASA conducts in space to whether it’s possible to mathematically model the growth of plants. Our experienced librarians help you obtain and evaluate scientific data, technical information, and specialized forms of literature such as patents and standards.
Special Collections includes four units: The Poetry Collection, University Archives, Rare & Special Books and The Robert L. Brown History of Medicine Collection. The rich literary and historical materials found in these collections make them invaluable to students, scholars and local, regional and global communities.