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Beginning March 14, 2020, all CUNY libraries will suspend regular overdue fines and recall overdue fines. Overdue reserve fines will remain unchanged given that reserve loans originate from the physical lending points.
These changes are to reduce the need for students to return material to campuses or to negotiate fine payments in-person during the period affected by coronavirus closures.
Grad Center Library borrowing limits are shown below. For more detailed information, see the Privileges Chart for each patron category at the GC.
Borrowers receive a date due slip at check-out and are responsible for returning items in good condition by the date or for renewing on time.
The library catalog system emails courtesy reminder notices 3 days prior to due dates. To receive notices, borrowers must keep email addresses current at CUNY library circulation desks. Users may also check due dates and renew online via My Account in OneSearch. Borrowers are responsible for all fines and fees, even if an email notice is missed.
CUNY borrowers may avoid recalling books from CUNY readers by using Interlibrary Loan to request titles unavailable in CUNY libraries.
However, instead of using interlibrary loan, CUNY borrowers may also request currently checked-out items using the “Request a Copy” or “Request This Copy” links in the library catalog, or by asking library circulation staff to issue a recall. Requests generate an email notice informing the current borrower of the recall.
The first borrower is guaranteed the initial loan length; renewal is denied after a recall request is placed. If a recalled item has already been renewed, it is given a new, earlier due date — 10 days from the date the recall request is placed. Seven-day and reserve loans may not be recalled.
Overdue recalled items are fined at a higher rate of $1/day. Unreceived email notices do not relieve any borrower of responsibility for fines and fees.
As part of the University's coronavirus response, CUNY Libraries are implementing a set of policies to help students avoid unnecessary trips to campus.
Increased Book Renewals: All CUNY libraries now allow at least 9 renewals of regular circulating books, unless items have been recalled. (The Graduate Center already allowed unlimited renewals of its circulating books, and this will not change.) There will likely be other CUNY-wide updates to circulation policies announced in the coming days.
Renew materials by logging into My Account in OneSearch. To maximize loan lengths, renew titles just before they are due, not far in advance. CUNY libraries have different loan lengths for borrower types. You may not renew via My Account if:
GC users in violation of the above conditions may request a renewal via the GC’s renewal form. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) renewals can be requested online in the user's ILL account, subject to lending library approval.
Return CUNY library books to any CUNY library. Exceptions: Interlibrary loans, reserve loans, and all non-book media (microforms, VHS, DVDs, CDs), music scores, and other special loans must be returned directly to the lending library’s circulation desk.
If a book is missing: