The Lucy Scribner Library is located at the heart of the Skidmore College campus, and was built in 1966. The Library offers a comfortable and productive environment for learning, including an array of group study rooms, meeting rooms, event spaces, and quiet study areas. The most recent renovation was completed in the autumn of 2012, adding 250 seats, including 12 new study carrels and 13 new group study rooms.


The Lucy Scribner Library is dedicated to the educational and scholarly activities of the Skidmore community, and provides the resources and services necessary to support the College’s mission “to prepare liberally educated graduates to continue their quest for knowledge and to make the choices required of informed, responsible citizens.” Library personnel uphold and encourage inclusive excellence, creativity, and integrity throughout the learning process. To this end, we work to:

Develop, preserve, and provide access to collections that resonate with diverse populations and inspire lifelong learning;

Create and maintain dynamic spaces for collaboration and study that foster intellectual discovery;

Educate and engage library users to become discerning, self-directed researchers and constructive participants in a global society;

Assess and evaluate services and resources to assure that the library continually evolves to meet the needs of a changing cultural, social, and information landscape.


The Scribner Library has over 350,000 print volumes, 70,000 full-text journals, and over 250 databases, all of which have been carefully selected to support the teaching and research needs of the Skidmore community. In addition to the traditional print and audiovisual material, thousands of ebooks and several unique digital collections are available.


Browse the Lucy Scribner Library Collections:

Altered Books

Harris Lobby Exhibits

Special Collections: Rare Books & College Archives

Student Art in the Library