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Our Collections


Local Collections

The Graduate Center Library’s collection includes about 487,000 book and periodical titles, about 175,000 of which are in electronic format. Collections are strongest in the humanities and social sciences. Book acquisition primarily supports GC course offerings and qualifying exam required reading.

CUNY Libraries, offering about 7.5 million print volumes in 28 libraries, allow any CUNY borrower to request items from one library to be delivered for pick-up at any other library through the CLICS service. In addition, any CUNY borrower may use electronic resources on site at any CUNY Library.

The CUNY Graduate Center has a special relationship with the Research Libraries of the New York Public Library. Any Graduate Center student or faculty member may present a current GC photo ID card at any NYPL Research Library circulation desk for borrowing privileges from the NYPL Main Branch, the Science, Industry, and Business Library, the Schomburg Center, and the Library for the Performing Arts.

With the NYPL borrowing card, CUNY Graduate Center borrowers are also eligible, through the MaRLI program, to borrow from New York University and Columbia University Libraries.

Finally, the CUNY Graduate Center provides quick, seamless interlibrary loan service for books and journal articles.


Digital Collections

Digital Murray Hill Explore New York City’s Murray Hill neighborhood through past and present images.

The Opening of the Erie Canal An online exhibit in collaboration with the Seymour B. Durst Old York Library.

Remember Me to Herald Square: Thirty-fourth Street from River to River. Images and descriptions of 34th street past and present.


Special Collections & Archives

Activist Women’s Activist Voices Archive, 1995 – 2000 is an Oral History Project and Archival project committed to documenting the voices of activist women in community-based New York City organizations. 

Deiro Finding Aid  is an archival collection of materials related to the professional and personal lives of Guido Deiro (1886-1950), Pietro Deiro Sr. (1888-1954) and Pietro “Lee” Deiro Jr. (1913-1999).

Graduate School & University Center Archives Reports, correspondence, pamphlets, books, periodicals, and other materials documenting Graduate Center history.

The Graduate Center Library hosts a small, searchable LP Collection on the Library 2nd floor.