Welcome to the Harold Kohn Vision Science Library

Library Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Remote access is available to select resources using your SUNY Optometry login.

Have a question? Contact us directly:

Phone: (212) 938-5690
Email: library@sunyopt.edu

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Monday – Friday* 8:00am – 10:00pm Monday – Friday* 8:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday* 10:00am – 8:30pm Saturday* 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday* 10:00am – 10:00pm Sunday* 10:00am – 6:00pm

Closed on the Following Holidays

January 1 New Year’s Day September 7 Labor Day
January 18 Martin Luther Kind Day October 12 Columbus Day / Indigenous People’s Day
February 15 President’s Day November 11 Veterans’ Day
April 14 Easter Sunday November 26-29 Thanksgiving Day / Weekend
May 31 Memorial Day December 25 Christmas Day
July 4 Independence Day
Inclement weather: Refer to the College’s main page for any weather or emergency closures.  

Closed on the following holidays
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January 1, 2021 Friday New Year’s Day
January 18 Monday Martin Luther King Day
February 15 Monday President’s Day
April 4 Sunday Easter Sunday
May 31 Monday Memorial Day
July 4 Sunday Independence Day
September 7 Monday Labor Day
October 12 Monday Columbus Day
November 11 Wednesday Veterans’ Day
November 26-November 29 Thursday-Sunday Thanksgiving Day & weekend
December 25 Friday Christmas Day

The Harold Kohn Vision Science Library is the largest vision science library in the country.

In addition to providing technology, instruction, and support, the library provides access to:

  • Over 40,000 volumes
  • Comprehensive website with links to electronic journals and databases
  • Wide range of online reference, vision science and general health resources

Our goal is to provide state-of-the-art information to the College community as well as alumni and practicing eyecare professionals.

The Harold Kohn Vision Science Library seeks to meet the information needs of the College community through the selection, acquisition, organization and delivery of materials and services, as well as provision of the technology, instruction and support necessary to ensure access to information and its management. In support of these efforts Library staff set up appropriate systems and procedures to maximize effectiveness, ensure control over materials and track activities and services. Library staff work closely with other Information Services colleagues and relevant others in the development, organization and delivery of instructional programs; to provide advice, consultation and support as appropriate; and to take a leadership role in the introduction of new services and technologies.

Our collection development policy  provides information on our strategies for building and maintaining the resources in our library.

SUNY Optometry Harold Kohn Library

Library News

Library Policies in the Time of COVID-19

  • Masks must be worn and/or social distancing must be observed at all times.
  • Use of the Library is limited to members of the current college community; no patients, alumni, guests, or members of the general public will be admitted.
  • No books or materials from the Reserve Section will be allowed to leave the Library.
  • If you are using Reserve Materials in the Library, please wash hands before and after use, and wear a mask and gloves while handling. Gloves will be provided.
  • Whenever possible, please request assistance remotely, via email or the ILLiad interlibrary loan system.
  • Study rooms are limited to one person at a time.
  • Please wash hands BEFORE and AFTER utilizing any common surfaces in the library (copiers, scanners, etc.)
  • Headsets. pencils, pens, and other items for personal use may not be borrowed from the circulation desk. Hole punchers, staplers, etc. are now kept behind the circulation desk and must be wiped down before and after use.
  • Please wipe down all print kiosks, study carrels, tables, and computers BEFORE and AFTER use.
  • Be sure to maintain social distancing while waiting for elevators, utilizing the coffee machine, standing at the circulation desk or anywhere else where there are likely to be multiple patrons.

Keep up to date with the latest happenings in the Kohn Library including vision related items as well as information

on new services and resources with the Kohn Vision Science Library Newsletter.

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