Our Access & Borrowing guide explains who may use and borrow materials from the Graduate Center Library and provides information about loan periods, renewals, and fines.
Log in to the CUNY catalog to renew items from CUNY libraries. (Note that different CUNY libraries have different renewal limits. Also, the CUNY-wide chart may not be fully current. For each library’s current loan and renewal policies, consult that library’s website.)
If you encounter problems renewing in the CUNY catalog, you may renew Graduate Center materials (not items from other CUNY libraries) using the Renew Items form. Contact the Circulation Desk at (212) 817-7083 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or problems.
For Interlibrary Loan items, request renewals in your ILL account.
Faculty should use the Course Reserve Request Form to request to have materials (both those owned and not yet owned by the library) placed on course reserve in the library. There is a limit of 50 reserve items per course.
Consult our Reserves guide for more information about placing print materials on reserve, uploading electronic materials to Blackboard, and accessing materials placed on reserve.
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 the IT Help Desk 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 the IT Help Desk.
Passwords expire every 180 days. You will be reminded to change your password before the expiration date. Consult the IT Help Desk FAQ for information about changing your password.
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.
Looking for a request form? Here are all Graduate Center Library forms: