Research Guides

Access & Borrowing

Library Accounts

Effective August 3, 2020, your library account is now tied to your CUNYfirst credentials and is created automatically. There is no need to activate a library account; data is harvested from CUNYfirst every two days, so please allow time for the information from CUNYfirst to appear in the library system.

New students, faculty, and staff can go directly to OneSearch and login to view loans, renew items, and place requests. Please be sure to keep your personal information updated in CUNYfirst.

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. 


Graduate Center Library Circulation Desk (212) 817-7083 or

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 known 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.