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Enhanced New York Public Library Borrowing for GC Students and Faculty

The New York Public Library (NYPL) offers increased borrowing privileges for CUNY GC affiliates. With a current NYPL card and Graduate Center affiliation, researchers have ability to borrow select NYPL research materials usually reserved for on-site use. See full details on this page.

  • Participation in the NYPL Research borrowing programs allows for 120 day, non-renewable loans on select library materials available at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
  • These materials are available for either by checking them out directly in person at one of the above listed NYPL research libraries or via a request through GC Interlibrary Loan--our ILL team will prioritize an NYPL loan when available.

Register for extended NYPL borrowing privileges by bringing both your NYPL card and a GC ID card to the Reference Desk on the 2nd Floor of the Mina Rees Library at the Graduate Center.

We will issue a CUNY-GC sticker for your NYPL library card that signals extended borrowing privileges.

NYPL borrowing privileges renew every September--visit the reference desk for a new sticker each Fall.


What NYPL items are eligible for 120 day enhanced loan?

  • Books in good condition published from 1900-present will circulate (and 1970-present for Schomburg Center books).
  • The Music Division also circulates scores in good condition, printed after 1972.
  • Items from the Art and Architecture Division are not eligible to circulate through this program.

NYPL Remote Resources

Databases and E-Book Collections

Any NYPL barcode allows off-site access to many NYPL research library databases, including e-book and archival collections not available through the GC Library. Use your NYPL barcode to reach NYPL e-resources from the NYPL site (

New York Public Library Services

Branch Libraries:  New York Public Library branch locations offer general library use and seating, unlimited browsing, computer access, and more.

Research Libraries:  Try the Rose Main Reading Room at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, for quiet study, thought, and computer use. Please note that some research divisions require an appointment to view their collections and you may also need to email or book a virtual consultation with a Library staff member before your research visit. Find out more in the NYPL's Guide to Onsite Service at the Research Libraries.

Sign up for Research at NYPL email updates to receive announcements regarding NYPL's research services.  

Additional Information:

Dedicated Research Space in the Schwartzman Library

In conjunction with the Center for Research in the Humanities, graduate students may apply for admission to the Wertheim Study in the Schwartzman building for periods from 3 to 9 months. Wertheim scholars have dedicated space to keep research materials in the library and share long table open seating. For more information this program and other research fellowships, see: