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Southworth Library Learning Commons User's Guide

This guide has been produced to provide you with an overview of the services, facilities and resources available. If you have any questions about the Library Learning Commons or its services, please contact a member of the staff.

General Information

Southworth Library Learning Commons is situated in the middle of the campus. The main floor houses the Circulation Desk, reserve materials, Directors' and librarian offices, the circulating DVD collection, circulating laptops, a photocopy machine, computer workstations, the Cyber Cafe, Help Desk, all of the Tutoring labs, the library instruction classroom and restrooms. The second floor houses the general and reference collections, oversized and juvenile collections, reference (research) desk, current issues of periodicals and newspapers, group study areas, a photocopy machine, computer stations, scanners, Google Television units, the Connections Room, and a variety of furniture designed for individual or quiet study, as well as comfortable furniture stations for extended use. The lower level, or basement area, contains bound and back-issue periodicals, microfilm, Interlibrary Loan work area, College Archives, Library Technical Services area and Information Services personnel.

Reference (Research) Service

Librarians provide assistance in helping users to find material in the Library as well as locating information in reference books and other print and electronic sources. 

Reference service is also available for remote users, when the building is closed, or when a librarian is not available at one of the designated Research Desks. Use the Ask Us 24/7 or LibChat chat platforms to connect with a librarian 24 hours a day, ask a question via e-mail at, text message at (315) 254-2770, or submit an asynchronous question via LibAnswers and a librarian will answer your query the next time someone logs in to the system. 

Available Technology

Computer workstations in the Library Learning Commons are available to all members of the campus community to do library research and other academic work. Web browsers, academic software including Microsoft Office products, and access to other electronic resources, including the SLEUTH library catalog and the available research databases, is available at these workstations.  Work stations are located on all three floors of the building.  In addition, laptops can be borrowed from the Library Circulation Desk during all hours when the building is open.  The Library Circulation Desk also loans iPads, Kindles, chargers for laptops and certain Apple devices, headphones, scientific calculators, a digital camera, laser keyboard or wireless keyboard, wireless mouse, and more.  The building is WiFi enabled, and campus-owned devices will connect to the WiFi network automatically.  Individually owned wireless devices should be configured to access the wireless network at the Help Desk.


Group Study Rooms

Several rooms are available on the second floor for groups of 2 to 6 persons for limited time periods, for the purpose of study or group work requiring discussions among the group. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. Discussion should not be loud enough to be heard outside the room.  Please note that rooms cannot be "held" by leaving personal belongings inside rooms for unspecified or extended time periods.  Staff will remove such abandoned items and place them in the Lost and Found to prioritize access to and utilization of the in-demand space.  Additionally, these rooms are prioritized for groups; individuals occupying the spaces may be asked to relocate to alternate areas in the Library Learning Commons designated for individual study. 



Director of Library Services

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Cori Wilhelm

Contact Us

Southworth Library Learning Commons
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617
Main Phone: (315) 386-7228
Help Desk: (315) 386-7448
Fax: (315) 386-7931
Text: (315) 254-2770


Library Learning Commons Hours

Regular Semester:

Monday-Thursday           7:30 a.m.-2:00 a.m.                                                  
Friday 7:30 a.m.-midnight
Saturday 8:00 a.m.-midnight
Sunday 8:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.

Summer and Recess:

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Closed Weekends and Holidays


**Please note:  Not all building services are available during all open hours.  Please check with the respective department within the Library Learning Commons for posted schedules and hours of availability.

Our Institution

SUNY Canton