CUNY libraries have uniform borrowing periods for regular-loan, circulating books only. Policies may differ significantly for other library materials. For details, see CUNY Libraries Circulation Policies and CUNY library websites.
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.
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.
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.
If a book is missing: