The New York Public Library and the libraries of Columbia University and New York University have launched an initiative to expand access and use of their collections to better serve their users. The collaboration, dubbed the Manhattan Research Library Initiative (MaRLI), enables eligible users with a demonstrable research need not met by currently available resources, to borrow materials from all three institutions.
CUNY Grad Center photo ID card holders are eligible for NYPL Research Library borrowing privileges. CUNY GC affiliates may register through NYPL for Columbia and New York University MaRLI borrowing privileges. See the Eligibility & Registration box below for details.
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 preparations of books, dissertations, or other research projects.
New York Public Library
A current CUNY GC photo ID at any NYPL Research Library Circulation Desk authorizes automatic borrowing privileges for NYPL.
1. Obtain a current NYPL library card with a special sticker by taking a CUNY GC photo ID card with current validation sticker to one of these NYPL desks:
Columbia University & New York University
1. Apply online for MaRLI privileges to borrow from Columbia or NYU. Carefully match your research interests with collection strengths. Non-PhD CUNY grads apply as "independent scholars" and note your GC program.
2. Receive e-mail approval within 5 business days with instruction.
3. Pick up MaRLI cards at Columbia Butler and NYU Bobst privileges offices; bring approval email, NYPL card, and another accepted form of ID.
The development of a permanent rapprochement between the Graduate School and the New York Public Library -- with a long-range commitment of public funds under an agreement that would permit the university's cooperation in the development of those NYPL policies that affect its research collections -- should be one of the Graduate School's top priorities for the near future.
--Mina Rees. The First Ten Years of the Graduate School of the City University of New York. August 1972, p. 10.
NYPL applies state aid provided on CUNY's behalf to purchase books supporting CUNY scholarship. Mutual NYPL-CUNY collaboration has strengthened recently with NYPL's lending program to CUNY faculty and graduate students. But, New York State and City aid to these two great public institutions has been reduced since 1998. Read more about NYPL-CUNY & track NYS funding for CUNY-NYPL.