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Research Guides

Ebook Collections

Looking for electronic access to a specific book while the library is online only? Complete our e-book search request form. We will search for an electronic copy of the requested book and let you know as soon as we have completed a thorough search. We try to respond within a few business days. Please note, however, that not every print book has an electronic equivalent.

NYPL Services During COVID-19

As part of its gradual reopening, the New York Public Library is offering enhanced online services and grab-and-go service at multiple locations.  For up to date reopening guidelines, check NYPL's reopening page or sign up for Research at NYPL email updates to receive announcements and service updates.  

On-Site Research:  As of May 10, 2021, researchers can schedule an appointment to visit any of the New York Public Library’s four Research Libraries – the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Performing Arts, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, or the Business Center at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (formerly the Science and Business Library, or SIBL).  Before doing so, you’ll need to meet virtually with an NYPL librarian, in advance of your visit – so be sure to plan ahead, and schedule enough time in advance for your research needs. 

Additional Services include:

Ebooks at the New York Public Library

Many of NYPL's Articles & Databases include electronic texts--see each collection's description for full details. Search the NYPL catalog if you have a particular title in mind to search across collections.


Resources for Accessing and Adapting Ebooks

To apply for accounts to use any of the following services to access ebooks, please contact Student Disability Services at the Graduate Center:

Quick Tips about GC Ebooks

  • Find most CUNY and Graduate Center eBooks in OneSearch, with links to the full text.
  • Some ebooks are licensed for CUNY-wide use; others are licensed only to invididual CUNY campuses
    • Graduate Center affiliates do not have remote access to ebooks held by other CUNY campuses.
    • If you have a dual affiliation, you can access each campuses' electronic collections using the OneSearch interface and credentials for that school.
  • Printing and downloading options will vary according to platform or publisher, and is often prohibited or extremely limited.
  • If there’s an e-book you can’t find, complete our e-book search request form, or try Interlibrary Loan (ILL):
    • Requests for chapters of books are often sent as electronic files through Interlibrary Loan, whereas whole ebooks are often not available via ILL due to licensing and digital restrictions of library ebooks. Try a request for a chapter or section!

Graduate Center Ebook Collections with Full Details

Graduate Center Ebook Collections