There are many ways to get help from a librarian — choose the method that best suits your needs:
- In Person: Visit the reference desk (2nd floor of library) during reference hours.
- By Chat: Chat with an academic librarian 24/7. If available, a CUNY librarian will answer your chat.
- By Email: Complete the question submission form and receive a reply by email during reference hours.
- By Phone: Call the reference desk at (212) 817-7077 during reference hours.
- By Appointment: Schedule a one-on-one research consultation by filling out the appointment request form or contacting your subject librarian.
Need some quick database recommendations, an overview of an issue in scholarly communications, or an introduction to a research tool? Consult our research guides.
We have guides for most programs at the Graduate Center and a variety of research topics and tools, including:
Help your students tackle their research assignments and become sophisticated researchers by inviting a librarian to present to your class. In these instruction sessions, librarians can do one or more of the following:
- provide an overview of library research strategies
- demonstrate specific databases and tools
- help students hone their search techniques
- explain the scholarly communications landscape
- introduce citation management tools (Zotero and/or RefWorks)
Off-Campus Access for Students, Faculty, and Staff
All Graduate Center students, faculty, and staff have off-campus access to the Graduate Center Library’s subscription resources (databases, journals, etc.). Simply select a resource from the library site, and you will be asked to log in with your GC network username and password. (If you are a GC faculty member and do not have a network account, contact IT Services at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an account.)
If you cannot get past the login screen, even if you know you’re entering correct account credentials, you may have been locked out by unsuccessful login attempts. To unlock your account, contact IT Services.
Network account passwords expire every 180 days. You will be reminded to change your password before the expiration date. Passwords can be reset at https://passwordreset.gc.cuny.edu/.
Off-Campus Access after Graduation
Due to licensing restrictions and CUNY-wide rules governing student accounts, off-campus access to library resources is discontinued after graduation. However, alumni may continue to use library databases by visiting the Graduate Center Library in person. Also, the New York Public Library (and many other public libraries) provides off-site access to numerous databases and offers interlibrary loan services.
Secondary Method for Off-Campus Access to Some Resources
CUNY-wide databases (a subset of the Graduate Center Library’s databases) are also accessible on the CUNY E-Resources page. When accessing a database through that page, users are prompted to log in with their 14-digit library barcode number (found on the back of your GC ID card).
The Graduate Center Library provides access to all CUNY-wide databases and many more, so we strongly recommend using our list of databases instead. However, GC users having trouble logging in to the Graduate Center Library may wish to use the CUNY E-Resources page until the problem is resolved.
Consult our Technology in the Library guide for information about computers, printers, scanners, microfilm readers, and digital media equipment in the library. It also includes detailed information about, and troubleshooting tips for, off-campus access to library resources.
Copyright & Fair Use
Please see the (C)opyright @ CUNY site for information about copyright and fair use, and how both apply to library services and your work as a student or faculty member.
The Graduate Center’s Student Handbook outlines the school’s commitment to academic honesty and its expectations that students adhere to that commitment. Part of that commitment is avoiding plagiarism.
For more information about plagiarism, consult Avoiding and Detecting Plagiarism: A Guide for Graduate Students and Faculty With Examples, prepared by the Graduate Center’s Office of the Provost and Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Graduate Center faculty, students, and staff may visit and borrow from all other CUNY libraries, except the CUNY School of Law Library. They may also request delivery of circulating items from other CUNY collections by placing a CLICS request in the CUNY catalog or OneSearch, or by placing an interlibrary loan request. Databases licensed only to specific CUNY campuses may be used on site at those campuses only.
Curious about a specific library’s hours or policies? Consult that library’s website.
The New York Public Library extends special borrowing privileges to all Graduate Center students and faculty, who can register to borrow non-circulating items from NYPL’s research libraries (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building; Science, Industry and Business Library; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; and Library for the Performing Arts).
The Graduate Center community may also apply through the Manhattan Research Libraries Initiative (MaRLI) for access and borrowing privileges at NYU and Columbia.
Graduate Center students and faculty may apply to use New York Public Library’s research study rooms, spaces available in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building for those requiring intensive use of the library’s collections for the preparation of books, dissertations, or other research projects. There are three research study rooms: the Wertheim Study, the Shoichi Noma Reading Room, and the Frederick Lewis Allen Memorial Room (for authors under book contract).
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