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Research Guides

Access & Borrowing

Members of the Public

The Graduate Center Library is open to CUNY students, faculty, and staff, SUNY Empire State College students, faculty and staff, Graduate Center alumni, and CUNY doctoral faculty retirees. 

If you are not in these groups you can access the library by joining the Friends of the Library or getting a METRO Referral from an area library. Details below.

METRO referrals from area libraries are honored with an electronic referral or signed yellow card from another library reference desk for one-day, on-site access and use of the item cited on the card. METRO membership provides reciprocal access for users seeking access to resources unavailable in home libraries.

Other Visitors

For additional information, see:


Guests (up to 3) with valid photo ID accompanying Graduate Center students, faculty, staff with current ID may be admitted to the library at the discretion of GC security staff. All guests must sign in at the lobby security desk and provide appropriate ID for weekend library access. Children must be accompanied by an adult with current ID.

Need a Research Library?

Looking for a research library to work in but not affiliated with the Graduate Center or CUNY? There are several options: