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Research Guides

Covid-19 Continuity of Library Services

Service Updates

Welcome to the Mina Rees Library! Please update your vaccination status as per building policy. The Library is open to all currently enrolled CUNY students (bring your CUNY ID card and Cleared4 pass), and other affiliates - see the left-hand side of this page for more information:

Study Rooms: There are two study rooms on the 2nd Floor of the Library, intended as shared group study space - they may not be reserved in advance. Please contact your Department about spaces available elsewhere in the building for Zoom calls or online class.

Printing, scanning, and computers in the Library are available:

GC students and Graduate Center affiliates: Sign in with your GC Network ID, and have access to unlimited free printing.

All other users may request a Guest Login at the Circulation Desk (1st Floor) for on-site computer access: printing is 15 cents/page and requires a $1 copy card. Wifi is available for all users.

Library Hours are listed here.

Circulation: Books may be checked out on the 1st Floor of the Library, and book returns may be placed in the book drop by Security in the Lobby, or inside the Library entrance.

Feel free to contact us via live 24/7 chat reference or check out our FAQ page here. We're also readily available by email:

Borrowing and Digital Delivery

Access to the Physical Collections

Our physical collections, including print books and journals, dissertations, microfilm, and audiovisual materials are available.

If there is an item that you need that we do not have access to at the Mina Rees Library, consider placing an interlibrary loan request, using the ebook search service or contacting your liaison librarian to look for alternative access.

Returning Materials and Late Fees

CUNY libraries have suspended regular overdue fines, but you're still responsible for fines for recalled items. All CUNY libraries now allow only 1 renewal for most of their circulating items. Please contact the owning library if you need any additional renewals. 


Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan may be accessed through our ILLIAD system. Any item can be requested, regardless of whether the GC or any CUNY library owns a copy. Please contact us at if you need any further information about our services.

Technology Loans

Printers, Scanners, and Computers in the Library

As a Graduate Center affiliate, you have access to free, unlimited printing in the Library. Feel free to use the printers on the 2nd Floor, logging in with your GC Network ID (the same login you use for remote access to Library databases).

Scanners are available as well as microfilm readers. You will find these on the 2nd Floor, behind the Reference Desk. No login is required to use a scanner.

Computers in the Library require a GC Network ID and password - if you're a visitor, please request a Guest Login at the Circulation Desk (1st Floor) or at the Reference Desk (2nd Floor).

Graduate Center Laptop Loans

Students may request a laptop from IT Services using the request form.

In order to borrow a laptops you must meet all of the following criteria: 

  • Be registered for Fall 2021 classes with no registration holds on your record.
  • Be able to show a GC ID if you will be picking up a laptop.

Contact IT Services for further assistance.

Library Collections and Resources

Online access to library resources is limited to Graduate Center and SLU affiliates and requires a GC Network ID. Your GC Network ID will also provide access to Interlibrary Loan Services at the GC.

GC Network ID credentials are not the same as CUNYfirst credentials. In most cases, your username is your first initial followed by your last name; if you are at SLU, log in with your EMPLID and password provided by SLU IT.

Forgot your password? GC affiliates can use GC IT's self-service password reset site. SLU affiliates should contact SLU IT at

Need to view or manage your current book loans? Log into your Library/OneSearch account using your CUNY Login. As of August 3, 2020, CUNY Libraries no longer use a barcode number to access your account online.

In addition to your Library/OneSearch account, there are other accounts users need at CUNY. These include a GC Network Account, GC Email, CUNYFirst, CUNY Portal, CUNY Virtual Desktop, CUNY Academic Commons, OpenCUNY, and others. Learn more about them on the CUNY Accounts page.

Ebooks: How to find online monographs

  1. Use OneSearch: The majority of our GC Library ebooks display in this search. GC affiliates have access to ebooks that CUNY licenses for all campuses and those in our GC collections; both of these corpuses display in the GC view of OneSearch
  2. Databases A-Z: all of our ebook collections are included here. You can even see those that are not restricted by DRM.
  3. View links to our ebook collections along with news and search tips on our Ebooks Research Guide.
  4. Make a request for a book chapter via Interlibrary Loan
  5. Use our Ebook Search Service: a librarian will check all available ebook collections for you within a few business days
  6. Do you have credentials for another CUNY campus or another university where you work? Remember even other CUNY schools will have different ebook titles.
  7. New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Public Library collections also include many ebooks that could be accessed remotely
  8. Speak with your liaison librarian for assistance in finding and searching for ebooks.

Streaming Film and Media

Consult the library's Film Studies Research Guide for a list of streaming media options.

Online Access for Graduate Center Alumni

GC alumni have access to a limited selection of library databases through a partnership between the library and the Alumni Affairs Office. Complete the Graduate Center Alumni Registration Form to request access. The Alumni Affairs Office will reply (please allow 1-2 business days) with a username and password to access Databases for Alumni.

Open Access resources (indicated by this symbol:) on the the Graduate Center's A-Z Database List are freely available.

Research Help and Reference Services

Graduate Center librarians are available at the Reference Desk on the 2nd Floor of the Library between 3pm-6pm, Monday-Friday.

Email: Complete the question submission form and receive a reply by email during reference hours.

By Appointment: Schedule a one-on-one research consultation (phone or videoconference) by contacting your subject librarian.

Chat: Chat with an academic librarian 24/7. If available, a CUNY librarian will answer your chat.

Our chat service is available 24/7 and will be answered by a CUNY librarian, if available. When CUNY librarians are not available, an academic librarian from one of our partner libraries will assist you.


Contact Us

Reference and General Questions:
Interlibrary Loan:
Dissertation Office:

Workshops and Instruction

See our events calendar for library workshop listings.

Information for Instructors

Instructors can request library research instruction for classes by contacting their liaison librarian or filling out our class visit request form.

Course Reserves

Fall 2022

Fall 2022 Reserves Request Priority Deadline: August 15, 2022

Please note that new orders for materials may require a few weeks to process. Requests submitted after the deadline will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Instructors should review our full Reserves Guide for details about deadlines and making requests.

Reserves Quick Links

Fall 2022 Reserves

Teaching faculty should complete the Course Reserve Request Form to request an item be placed on reserve (even if the library does not own the item).

  • Include as much information as possible when placing the request (call number or OneSearch link if the library owns the material, link to Amazon or ISBN if the library needs to purchase the material).

  • There is a reserve limit of 50 items per course.

  • It generally takes 4-6 weeks for an item that GC Library does not own to be purchased, processed, and placed on reserve.

  • The library only handles book and DVD reserves at this time; articles and other items can be organized in Blackboard or by other CUNY tools for sharing with classes.    

    • Because of licensing restrictions, we do not have the capability to purchase new streaming videos. If the library already licenses a streaming video through one of our databases we will help you link to the item for your course.

Material which CAN be placed on Reserve

  • Print books
  • E-books
  • E-book Chapters
  • DVDs
  • Streaming videos that the library has already licensed

Material which CANNOT be placed on Reserve

  • Interlibrary loan books
  • Library periodical issues or volumes
  • Scans of an entire book
  • Streaming video that requires a new license

Need assistance finding openly available materials for your course? For information about Open Educational Resources (OER) or Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC), see our OER Guide.

The Library will notify the instructor when materials are added to their Reserves page. Please note that new purchases will require additional time to process (order, receive, and catalog). Requests made prior to the deadline will be made available prior to the start of the semester, unless you are notified otherwise. Contact Reserves to check the status of your request.

NYPL and Public Libraries

New York Public Library (NYPL)

On-Site Research

Branch Libraries: All available New York Public Library branch locations are open with full service, including general library use and seating, unlimited browsing, computer access, and more. See NYPL's reopening page for any updates.

Research Libraries:  Service has been expanded at select locations to permit walk-in visitors who want to sit in public reading rooms, including the Rose Main Reading Room at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, for quiet study and computer use. Sign up for Research at NYPL email updates to receive announcements regarding NYPL's research services. 

Getting a new NYPL card

NYPL Print Book Services

  • Research Borrowing Programs: Graduate Center affiliated researchers are eligible to borrow select NYPL research materials usually reserved for on-site use.
  • Request Research Library Materials: Request general research materials in advance to make the most of your time at the library. 
  • Scan & Deliver Service: Eligible general collection items held at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts may be requested by clicking the Request button wherever it appears in the Shared Collection Catalog.
  • Circulating Collections: NYPL is offering nearly full service in the branch libraries, including general library use and seating, unlimited browsing, laptop and computer access, and more.  Request items for pick up at the branch of your choice.

Databases and Ebooks

See our NYPL research guide for links and updates