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Alumni Resources at Lavery Library

Refer to this guide to connect to electronic resources specifically available to Fisher Alumni

New York Public Library: Database Access for New York State Residents

A New Lion Logo for NYPL | The New York Public LibraryNew York State residents can obtain a library card through the New York Public Library (NYPL), providing access to many electronic resources beyond those available through Fisher.

In just a few minutes, you can obtain a NYPL library card number with the "Simply E" app. Directions for signup and a list of available databases are linked below.

New York State Library

Residents of New York State may apply for a New York State Library (NYSL) Borrower's Card or NYS Resident Borrower's Card. With this card, you may borrow books and other materials, and access online journals, online newspapers, and other online resources 24/7.

  • Borrowing privileges vary depending on the type of card you hold. Physicians, attorneys, and NYS government employees are just a few types of borrowers.
  • Privileges may include borrowing materials from the State Library, requesting materials in person, having materials mailed to you, and remote online access to databases.

New York State Library - Physician or Nurse Borrower

A NYSL Physician Borrower's Card can be issued to a physician's practice or group. A NYSL Physician Borrower's Card for a practice or group must be signed by one of the partners of the practice and someone in the office must be designated as the office contact. (The office contact could be a librarian, physician's assistant, nurse, office manager, etc.)

Licensed Physicians ("M.D." and "D.O.") who are residents of New York State are eligible to receive a NYS Library Physician Borrower's Card. These borrower's cards begin with a "P" number.

With a NYS Library Borrower's Card you can:

  • borrow materials from the State Library's 20 million item collection
  • request materials in person, over the telephone (518-474-5355), via fax (518-474-5279), via email at or through Excelsior, the NYSL online catalog
  • pick up materials onsite at the Circulation Desk or request that items be mailed to your office (See Pick up and Delivery Options link below for more information.)
  • remotely access, from work or home, the Library's collection of online databases (see New York State Library List of Database link below for more information) and millions of magazine, journal and newspaper articles available in over 20,000 full-text online journals and newspapers (see New York State Library List of Online Journals, Magazines and Newspapers link below for more information)