The New York Public Library (NYPL) and the libraries of Columbia University and New York University collaborate to provide access to their collections for any doctoral student or faculty member and other eligible researchers of their combined constituencies.
The collaboration, called the Manhattan Research Library Initiative (MaRLI), enables eligible users with demonstrable research needs not met by home library resources to visit and to borrow materials from MaRLI institutions.
CUNY doctoral students and doctoral faculty are the New York Public Library's primary academic constituents. Graduate Center affiliates may apply for MaRLI privileges (at Columbia and NYU) by virtue of the GC's long-standing special relationship with NYPL.
MaRLI affiliation renews each academic year. Renew your membership each year in September (or later) by submitting a new application.
All Graduate Center affiliates automatically are eligible for extended borrowing privileges through the New York Public Library (NYPL). But you must register with NYPL to activate these privileges.
Once registered, GC affiliated researchers are entitled to increased borrowing privileges at NYPL (and they may also separately apply for access to Columbia and NYU through the MaRLI program, see option 2).
Loan periods of NYPL materials for GC students are 120 days, subject to recall. Renewals may be requested on-site. Read more.
To activate these extended loans:
If you need an NYPL library card, you can apply online or in person at any NYPL location.
With a NYPL library card, GC affiliates may apply for Columbia and NYU borrowing privileges through MaRLI:
If you only occasionally need an item held by the libraries at Columbia University or NYU, you may request a METRO referral card in person from a librarian at the Reference Desk on the second floor of the library (or request the item through Interlibrary Loan).
NYC reference librarians may issue METRO Referral cards for one-time, on-site use of a specific, named item from any metropolitan area library catalog.