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Research Guides

Outside CUNY: NYPL, MaRLI, METRO, & SHARES

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Access to Libraries Temporarily Restricted

Access to many libraries -- in the NYC area and around the globe -- is being curtailed because of the coronavirus.   The situation is evolving and changing rapidly.  Before planning a visit to another library part of the SHARES or METRO programs, please check with the library first to make sure it is open to visitors or ask us to find out for you. 

SHARES Worldwide Library Access

The Graduate Center Library is an OCLC SHARES consortium member, which confers GC students, faculty, and staff access to participating university and museum libraries in New York City and across the world. SHARES also lowers interlibrary loan costs involving other SHARES libraries. 

A current GC photo ID is required to enter the SHARES member libraries listed here. No on-site borrowing is offered SHARES visitors.

Columbia University Libraries and New York University Libraries deny SHARES access by affiliates of some neighboring SHARES universities, including the Graduate Center. Any SHARES member may enter the Graduate Center Library, and we hope that Columbia and NYU will revise their SHARES reciprocal access policies.

Call ahead to announce your visit, particularly if you require staff assistance. 

SHARES Member Libraries

Firestone Library, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Firestone Library, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

John Phelan [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

Art Institute of Chicago

Art Intitute of Chicago

"Art Institute on Michigan Avenue, facing Adams Street. Courtesy of Art Institute of Chicago."

Long Room Interior, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Long Room Interior, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Diliff [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

A.D. White Reading Room, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

A.D. White Reading Room, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

LBM1948 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Charvex [Public domain]

Winterthur Museum

Winterthur Museum

Photo by and (c)2007 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)]

Visit Local and International SHARES Libraries

There are more than 80 SHARES Libraries around the world.  NYC area SHARES consortium members include the Frick Collection and Art Reference Library, Fordham University, Princeton University, Rutgers University, and Yale University. 

See a full list of SHARES member libraries around the globe.  

Be sure to bring your current photo ID from your own SHARES member library to visit another member library.   And call ahead if you will require staff assistance.