Research Guides

Access & Borrowing

The Library is Open

The Library is now open to currently enrolled CUNY students, CUNY faculty/staff, and Alumni of The Graduate Center*. Additional resources and services are available online.  For updates, subscribe to the library blog and follow us on Twitter.

*Alumni: Please email for guidelines about on-site access and the required pass.

Admission Requirements

Please note that COVID-19 restrictions are in effect: see the latest updates here.

  1. CUNY Photo ID (student, faculty, staff, or retiree)
    with a current validation sticker or security staff check the library barcode for validation.
  2. Graduate Center Alumni Photo ID or CUNY BA Alumni ID
    Non-GC CUNY alumni have access to their home libraries only 

  3. Empire State College Photo ID
  4. A government-issued photo ID plus ID for:
    • Graduate Center Research Assistant
    • Friends of the Graduate Center
    • Library Associates
    • Language Reading Program
    • METRO Referral
  5. Visitors must be accompanied by someone with a Graduate Center or School of Labor and Urban Studies Photo ID
    maximum 3 visitors per GC or SLU ID
  6. Graduate Center Photo ID required for:
    • Visiting Research Scholars
    • GC Research Assistants unaffiliated with the GC
    • Interuniversity Doctoral Consortium Columbia, Fordham, New School, NYU, Princeton, Rutgers, SUNY Stony Brook
  7. A valid photo ID issued by a SHARES Institution