Research Guides


Welcome to the Mina Rees Library

The Mina Rees Library is at the center of CUNY’s scholarly production and the event-intensive bustle of the Graduate Center. We're located at the intersection of 34th Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan.

 All CUNY students are welcome! Please simply show your CUNY ID as you enter the building. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via live, 24/7 chat reference or email: - we're happy to help out! 

Guest Login

Ask for a Guest Login at the 1st Floor Circulation Desk inside the Library, in order to access desktop computers on site (Mac or PC).

Guest Printing is 15 cents per page, and requires a $1 (reusable) copy card.

Graduate Center Resources

Computers: There are many computers on the 1st floor and 2nd floor of the Library.

  • Most of these computers (PCs & Macs) require a GC network login and provide access to a wide variety of software. Library visitors without a GC account can ask for a guest login at either the Circulation Desk (1st Floor) or Reference Desk (2nd Floor). In order to receive a guest login, visitors must provide a CUNY ID or official state-issued ID.
  • Some public (unlocked) computers are also available on the 1st floor and 2nd floor. These computers only have a web browser and basic text editor.

Wi-Fi: Log in via GCguest (just enter your email address). All library resources are available on the wi-fi networks.

Printing: CUNY BA students may print from library computers to the Guest Printer for 15 cents per pageSee the "Printing" box on the right for more information.

Scanners: Flatbed book scanners and a KIC bookeye (overhead) scanner are located near the reference desk on 2nd floor. Patrons may save scans to USB drives or email the file directly from the scanning workstation.

Software: See the "Software" box below.

Microform/film/fiche: Readers are available on 2nd floor near reference desk for free scanning to PDF. PDFs may be saved on a USB drive or e-mailed.

Photocopies: A color/B&W copy machine available on the 2nd floor requires a reusable copy card ($1.00) and costs 15 cents per page. Non-GC visitors may use this machine to print from a USB drive. Free scanning (see above) is available as an alternative.

Piano keyboard: A piano-like keyboard is available for use on the 2nd floor (in the study room with glass windows). Headphones must be used while playing the keyboard, to avoid disturbing other library users. Headphones are available for borrowing at the Circulation Desk (1st Floor).

Policies: See CUNY's Policy on Acceptable User of Computer Resources.

Printing for Guests:

Visitors to the GC Library have two ways to print. Both methods cost $0.15 per page and require a copy/print card, which can be purchased from a card vending machine near the Reference Desk. Buy the card with a $1 bill, then re-insert the card to add more value. Cards are reusable but not transferrable to other libraries.

  • Printing to the guest printer:
    Visitors who are logged in to a library computer with a guest login (available at the Circulation and Reference Desks) may print to the guest printer on the 2nd floor. Report problems with the guest printer to the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor (212-817-7077 or   

  • Click <Print> in whatever application you are using. (If the print icon doesn't work, go to File > Print.)
  • When shown the printing options, select "Guest Printer" as the printer. (On a Mac, you may not be prompted to select a printer.)
  • Go the guest printer to print the print job(s). The guest printer is on the 2nd floor of the library, east of the fancy elevators.
  • Insert your copy/print card into the card reader. 
  • Click <Click Here to Print>.
  • Enter your guest username (e.g., GCGuest4) and password. 
  • Click <Proceed>.
  • A list of your print jobs will appear. Select the job(s) that you want to print. 
  • Click <Print>.‚Äč
  • CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS), located at the City University of New York, Graduate Center, was founded in 1991 and is the first university-based research center in the United States dedicated to the study of historical, cultural, and political issues of vital concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals and communities.

  • Futures Initiative: The Futures Initiative was founded in 2014 at the Graduate Center, CUNY, to offer a new model for graduate education. Focusing on equity and innovation in higher education, the Futures Initiative develops new engaged, collaborative pedagogies that empower the next generation of intellectual leaders with bold, creative, and independent methods for confronting the problems in the world today and thinking through effective, democratic solutions. The Futures Initiative connects research, teaching, and social justice. The Futures Initiative also co-directs, in partnership with Dartmouth College, (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory, or “Haystack,”), one of the world’s first and oldest academic social networks. Through this 18,000-member network, the Futures Initiative extends its collaborative peer-to-peer practices across institutions, disciplines, national boundaries, and economic and social disparities, promoting reinvestment in higher education as a public good.

  • Publics Lab: The PublicsLab has two broad goals. The first is to ensure that The Graduate Center’s humanities doctoral programs prepare students for careers both within and outside of academe. The expertise required for humanistic inquiry is vital to understanding the world around us. Through fellowships, internships, workshops, and curriculum enhancement, we strive to provide students with skills and opportunities that will allow them to thrive in academic and non-academic professions.
    The second goal is to encourage doctoral students and faculty to engage in scholarship that is accessible to the public, deepens our understanding of burning issues, and might even spur social change. The PublicsLab seeks to incubate and promote socially-engaged learning and creative, community-based research and to attract scholars who are committed to generating new knowledge that contributes to the key issues of our time.

  • Leon Levy Center for Biography: Established with a generous gift from the Leon Levy Foundation in 2007 as a hub for writers, scholars, students, teachers, and readers of biography, the Leon Levy Center for Biography at The Graduate Center builds connections between independent and university-affiliated biographers across disciplines and cultivates important discussions about the art and craft of biography historically and in our time.
    The center sponsors a variety of events and public programs, and offers four fellowships annually to fund the research and writing of outstanding biographies and two fellowships to CUNY dissertation students writing biography.

  • James Gallery: The Amie and Tony James Gallery’s mission is to bring artists and scholars into public dialogue on topics of mutual concern through exhibitions as a form of advanced research. As a window into the research work of The Graduate Center and a hub of international discussion, The James Gallery is central to The Graduate Center’s and the City University of New York’s contribution to the cultural life of New York City. Located in midtown Manhattan at the nexus of the academy, contemporary art, and the city, the gallery creates and presents artwork to the public in a variety of formats. While some exhibitions remain on view for extended contemplation, other activities such as performances, workshops, reading groups, roundtable discussions, salons, and screenings have a short duration. The gallery works with scholars, students, artists and the public to explore working methods that may lie outside usual disciplinary boundaries.

  • CUNY Arts: CUNY Arts is an initiative founded to create opportunities for all students to experience the richness of New York City’s arts and cultural institutions. CUNY recognizes that exposure to the arts improves students’ critical thinking skills, broadening their ability to think strategically, while acknowledging the absence of the arts in most of higher education. Our mission is to expose CUNY students to the wonders of the arts in NYC.

Brooklyn College
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Venue: Whitman Theatre
2900 Avenue H
Brooklyn, New York 11210

Brooklyn College
Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of cinema, Steiner Studios
25 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Kingsborough Community College
The Kingsborough Art Museum
Arts & Sciences Building
2001 Oriental Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Kingsborough Community College
The Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center
2001 Oriental Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Medgar Evers College
Center for Black Literature
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

New York City College of Technology
Voorhees Theatre
186 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201