Research Consultations

In-depth consultation

For in-depth research please schedule appointments with one of our subject specialists. Subject specialists include all members of the Reference Team, as well as Library Liaisons and Subject Selectors from other parts of the libraries. If you know the subject specialist in your area, you may make an appointment directly by phone or e-mail. If you are uncertain who to ask, inquire at the Reference Desk before making an appointment.

Research and Reference Services

North Reading Room
Frank Melville Jr., Memorial Library C-1000


The main desk for Research and Reference Service is located in the North Reading Room on the first floor of the Library.


Walk-in Research Assistance

The research/reference desk is where most people begin their library research. A professional librarian is available:


  • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday
  • 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Friday
  • 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday [By phone and online chat]


*In addition to traditional walk-in reference, a number of other services are provided by the Research and Reference Team.


  • Ask a Librarian: This service provides reference service by telephone (631-632-7148), email, and online chat when it is not possible or convenient to come to the library. These services are popular with those who are using our extensive electronic resources from home or office.


Other Services of the North Reading Room

The Research/Reference Desk is staffed all hours the library is open. The staff at this desk can answer basic questions about such things as library hours and how to use the Catalog. In addition, this desk is the service point for the Microforms Collection and Current Periodicals.


Library Instruction: The Central Reading Room houses two computer classrooms, which are administered by the Library Instruction Services. Inquiries about instructional programs can be made at the Reference Desk.


Disability Support Services: Access to a specially equipped classroom with equipment for Stony Brook students is provided at the CRR Desk.


Access to Specialized Collections: These include Government Information, Maps, Microforms, the Science and Engineering Library, and the other branch libraries. If a question about these collections cannot be answered at the Reference and Information Desk, an appointment can be made with a specialist.