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About the GC Library

  • Library hours appear in the top right of every page. For the full library schedule, including closures and other exceptions to the usual schedule, consult the Hours page.

  • For general library questions, contact:

    To find the contact information for a specific librarian or staff member, consult our directories:

  • Graduate Center Library
    365 Fifth Avenue
    New York NY 10016-4309
    212-817-7083
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    Enter the library through the lobby of the building, on the 1st floor.

    Subways:

    • B/D/F/M/N/Q/R to 34th St./Herald Square (between 6th Ave. and Broadway)
    • 1/2/3/A/C/E to 34th St./Penn Station (between 7th and 8th Ave.)
    • 6 to 33rd St. (at Park Ave.)

    Buses: M1/M2/M3/M4/M5/M34/Q32 to Fifth Ave. at 34th St.

    Other Public Transportation:

    • PATH trains to 33rd St. (between 6th Ave. and Broadway)
    • NJTransit and LIRR trains to Penn Station (34th St. between 7th and 8th Ave.)
    • Metro-North trains to Grand Central Terminal (42nd St. at Park Ave.)
    • Buses to Port Authority Bus Terminal (8th Ave. between 41st and 42nd St.)
  • The library occupies three floors of the Graduate Center. The entrance is on the first floor, which houses the circulation and reserve desks, interlibrary loan office, and Dissertation Reading Room. The print and microform collections, reference desk, and library faculty and staff offices are located on the second floor, as are many study tables, computers, and scanners and other digitization equipment. The computer commons and several computer classrooms are located on the concourse level.

    Click a floor plan thumbnail to see a larger version:

    2nd Floor
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    1st FloorConcourse Level
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  • The Graduate Center Library is the hub of CUNY's scholarly production. The library’s print collection primarily supports the Graduate Center curriculum, while the library’s digital resources, active reference and instruction services, and robust resource sharing support faculty and graduate research.

    The New York Public Library (NYPL) serves as the Graduate Center’s research collection and augments the Graduate Center’s research services. NYPL collections are shaped by Graduate Center faculty interests. NYPL research libraries extend book loans, reference service, and study space to Graduate Center students and faculty.

    The Graduate Center Library’s primary constituents are CUNY doctoral and master’s students, Graduate Center core-appointed faculty, CUNY doctoral faculty, and non-doctoral CUNY faculty who teach at the Graduate Center.

    The Graduate Center Library features study space sequestered from Midtown crowds and the event-intensive bustle of the Graduate Center. The Library also supports scholars’ efforts to connect to wider publics. Graduate Center librarians impart skills and strategies to increase scholarly collaboration and public engagement. The library sponsors the Graduate Center’s Academic Works institutional repository and assists Graduate Center scholars in open access publishing and self-archiving.

  • The Graduate Center Library asks users to keep noise levels down and refrain from eating and other disruptive behavior. The following policies are posted throughout the library:

    • Please respect our clean and quiet library.
    • Speak softly.
    • No phone calls or audible device use.
    • Covered drinks only. No eating.
    • Keep headphone volume low.
    • Attend visiting children.
    • Cooperate with reminders to comply with these policies.
    • Keep the library a pleasant place for everyone!

    Library users must also adhere to the policies of the Graduate Center, as well as university and library rules for using library materials, facilities and services, including CUNY’s Computer Use Policy.

  • To learn about the Graduate Center Library's collections, collection policies, and relationships with other libraries, see Our Collections.

  • The Graduate Center Library accepts book donations and other forms of support. Learn more on our Donations and Gifts page.

  • The CUNY Graduate Center Mina Rees Library faculty and staff are committed to disseminating research and scholarship as widely as possible. We believe that open access to scholarship is critical for scholarly communication and for the future of libraries, and that it is central to CUNY’s mission of public education. We recognize the added value to public knowledge that open access publishing gathers for a work.  For that reason, we pledge to make our own research freely available whenever possible by seeking publishers who have either adopted open access policies, publish content online without restriction, and/or allow authors to self-archive publications on the web. When necessary and when possible, we will negotiate with publishers to improve open access terms. We pledge to link to and/or self-archive our open access publications to make them freely accessible. Further, we pledge to support open access by lending our reviewing and editing efforts to manuscripts destined for open access.

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