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Access & Borrowing

Visiting Students

Library Access:  The Inter-University Doctoral Consortium allows doctoral students (not faculty or master’s students) from Columbia, NYU, Fordham, Rutgers, Princeton, and SUNY Stonybrook taking one or more courses at the Graduate Center to apply for a GC photo ID for library admission.

Similarly, doctoral students from Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture enrolled in at least one course at the CUNY Graduate Center may apply for a GC photo ID for library admission (see p. 19 of the GC Bulletin).

Network Accounts:  Inter-University Doctoral Consortium students, auditors, and non-matriculated students enrolled in one or more GC classes (not continuing ed) are eligible for GC computer network accounts for remote access to library resources. After completing registration for a GC course, contact IT Services at

SHARES libraries students are entitled to access the GC Library with an ID from a SHARES institution.

Language Reading Program Students

CUNY Graduate Center Language Reading Program and Summer Reading Program students obtain either a GC photo ID authorized by the program or a temporary ID from the program for access privileges to the GC library only.

The temporary ID must be presented with another form of photo ID for library access. No GC borrowing privileges or network accounts or interlibrary loan privileges accompany the program ID card. The director-authorized GC photo ID will be honored for borrowing privileges from the GC library only.

Library Privileges for Visiting Students (with Temporary ID)

On-Site Access Yes
Borrowing Privileges GC Only
CLICS (Request Books from Other CUNY Libraries) No
Loan Period 16 weeks
Renewal Limit for GC Books 2
Renewal Limit for Other CUNY Books n/a
Database Access On-site & off-site
Interlibrary Loan Yes
Printing Free
Special NYPL Borrowing Privileges Yes