Access & Borrowing

Register for a Library Account

To borrow books from any CUNY library, first register for a library account at the Circulation Desk with a current GC photo ID. Keep your e-mail current with circulation and ILL staff to receive library e-mail notices.

Non-GC CUNY students obtain CUNY photo IDs at their home institutions. All CUNY students, staff, and faculty may borrow books from all CUNY libraries, except the CUNY School of Law Library.

GC Alumni register for a library account here.

Need a GC ID Card?

Take registration and bursar receipts (or letter from GC Provost or program Executive Officer) to room 9123, phone x7769, to obtain a GC photo ID with current semester validation sticker. Students not taking courses but maintaining matriculation must pay registration fees to obtain an ID.

Questions?

Graduate Center Library Circulation Desk (212) 817-7083 or circ@gc.cuny.edu

CUNY Accounts

In addition to your library account, there are other accounts users need at CUNY.  These include GC Network Accounts, GC Email, CUNYFirst, CUNY Portal, CUNY Virtual Desktop, CUNY Academic Commons, OpenCUNY, and others.  Learn more about them on the CUNY Accounts page. 

Access to Other CUNY Libraries

CUNY faculty, students, and staff may visit and borrow from all other CUNY libraries, except the CUNY School of Law. They may also request delivery of circulating items from other CUNY collections by placing a request in the CUNY catalog. This service is knows as CLICS Intra-CUNY Borrowing. Databases licensed only to specific CUNY campuses may be used on site at those campuses only. (Curious about a specific library's hours or policies? Consult that library's website.)

Additionally, Graduate Center affiliates can request books and articles unavailable at CUNY through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Keep your e-mail current with circulation and ILL staff to receive library e-mail notices.