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Research Guides

Access & Borrowing

Entrance Requirements

To enter the library, patrons must present one of the following photo IDs:

  • CUNY Photo ID (student, faculty, staff, or retiree) with a current validation sticker (if applicable)
  • Graduate Center Photo ID:
    • Graduate Center or CUNY BA alumni (non-GC CUNY alumni have access to their home libraries only)
    • Visiting research scholars
    • Graduate Center research assistants
    • Interuniversity Doctoral Consortium students (Columbia, Fordham, New School, NYU, Princeton, Rutgers, SUNY Stonybrook)
  • Empire State College Photo ID
  • A government-issued photo ID alongside special privileges card:
    • Graduate Center Research Assistant
    • Friends of the Graduate Center
    • Library Associates
    • Language Reading Program
    • METRO Referral
  • A valid photo ID issued by a SHARES Institution


Graduate Center Library
365 Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10016-4309
(212) 817-7040
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Enter the library through the lobby of the building, on the 1st floor.


  • B/D/F/M/N/Q/R to 34th St./Herald Square (between 6th Ave. and Broadway)
  • 1/2/3/A/C/E to 34th St./Penn Station (between 7th and 8th Ave.)
  • 6 to 33rd St. (at Park Ave.)

Buses: M1/M2/M3/M4/M5/M34/Q32 to Fifth Ave. at 34th St.

Other Public Transportation:

  • PATH trains to 33rd St. (between 6th Ave. and Broadway)
  • NJTransit and LIRR trains to Penn Station (34th St. between 7th and 8th Ave.)
  • Metro-North trains to Grand Central Terminal (42nd St. at Park Ave.)
  • Buses to Port Authority Bus Terminal (8th Ave. between 41st and 42nd St.)