The library is open online! While the library’s physical space is inaccessible due to COVID-19, many resources and services are available online. For updates, subscribe to the library blog and follow us on Twitter.
Plans for the fall: The library has assembled a team to ensure that full support for students and faculty can continue in the fall regardless of whether the physical space remains inaccessible to patrons. We will continue to share information as more is known.
Worried about items you currently have checked out? CUNY libraries have suspended regular overdue fines as well as fines for recalled items. Also, all CUNY libraries now allow at least nine renewals of circulating items and will automatically renew items checked out to you. Additionally, interlibrary loan staff will automatically request renewals of ILL items on your behalf.
Our chat service is available 24/7 and will be answered by a CUNY librarian, if available. When CUNY librarians are not available, an academic librarian from one of our partner libraries will assist you.
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CUNY Account Information
The library’s CUNY Accounts page rounds up the various kinds of CUNY accounts and what they’re for.
Use the journal title search tool to check whether the library has electronic access to a particular journal.
The library provides access to thousands of e-books, accessible through a variety of databases. Also, many publishers are temporarily expanding access to their e-books during the COVID-19 crisis. Consult our e-books guide for more information.
Looking for electronic access to a specific book? See our tips for locating e-books. If there’s an e-book you can’t find, complete our e-book search request form. We will do our best to find an electronic copy of the book and will be in touch as soon as we have completed a thorough search. Please note, however, that not every print book has an electronic equivalent.
Interlibrary loan is available for copies of journal articles and book chapters, but requests for books and other physical items cannot currently be processed.
Library workshops will be offered as webinars. Keep track of library events on the library calendar.
Fair Use & Copyright Support
The switch to online teaching has raised many questions about copyright restrictions and what is permissible under fair use. CUNY’s Office of Library Services maintains a Fair Use and Copyright guide, as well as a page about fair use in the context of COVID-19. (The GC’s Teaching and Learning Center created a site addressing other considerations for academic continuity.)
The library also offers education about copyright, fair use, Creative Commons licenses, and the public domain as part of our Scholarly Research Services.
CUNY Virtual Desktop
The CUNY Virtual Desktop provides off-site access to CUNY-licensed applications, including ArcGIS, ATLAS.ti, SPSS, SAS, Mathematica, Maplesoft, and Matlab. Users must download and install a client before accessing the software with their CUNY Login.
Research at NYPL
New York Public Library also offers remote access a wide variety of resources and services.