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CUNY Accounts

GC Network Accounts

Use GC network credentials to log in to GC computers, printers, and wifi, and to access GC library resources from off campus. Network credentials also provide access to GC Sharepoint and VPN. Network accounts are managed by IT Services. Account passwords can be reset on the self-service password reset site.

Temporary GC guest accounts are issued by library reference and circulation staff for on-campus access to library computers and for paid printing in the library.

School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) affiliates use a CUNY EMPLID and a SLU IT-issued password to access the GC network.

GC Library Databases + Interlibrary Loan

Use your GC network credentials for off-campus access to the full set of GC databases and journals (which includes the core set of databases and journals shared by all CUNY libraries; see below). Also use GC network credentials for access to Interlibrary Loan.

GC Email

Faculty and staff use Microsoft Exchange/Outlook Web Access email ( with GC network credentials, managed by GC IT. Faculty and staff can reset their own email password.

Student Office 365 email ( requires credentials different from GC network credentials. GC IT issues both sets of credentials at student registration. Students can reset their own Office 365 password (requires initial registration).


In order to request and renew CUNY books, log in to OneSearch with your CUNYfirst credentials. (GC affiliates can use the GC’s Renew Items form or contact if there are problems.)

CUNY-wide Library Databases

CUNY purchases a core set of databases and journals shared by all CUNY libraries. Access these CUNY E-Resources using your CUNYfirst credentials.

Commercial Database Personal Accounts

JSTOR, Web of Science, EBSCO and other licensed databases invite users to create personal accounts to view search history, save citations, and create alerts. The data from these accounts are managed by the vendors, not by the GC or CUNY libraries. (See CUNY Libraries’ Privacy Statement.)

CUNY Login & CUNYfirst

CUNY uses a unified CUNY Login for many applications, including CUNYfirst, Blackboard, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Microsoft Office 365. Usernames are in the format, where “NN” is the last 2+ digits of your CUNY EMPLID. (You can find your EMPLID in CUNYfirst.)

Most students are prompted to claim/activate their CUNY Login account as part of the online student application process. Most employees do so as part of the new hire onboarding process. (Learn more about CUNY Logins.)

Forgot your CUNY Login/CUNYfirst credentials? Retrieve your username, or reset your password.

CUNY Academic Works

CUNY Academic Works collects and provides access to the research, scholarship, and creative and pedagogical work of the CUNY community. Content in Academic Works is freely available to all, but only CUNY faculty, staff, and students may submit works (account creation required). Current GC affiliates may submit works to the Graduate Center section of Academic Works.

CUNY Virtual Desktop

The CUNY Virtual Desktop provides off-site access to CUNY-licensed applications, including ArcGIS, SPSS, SAS, Mathematica, Maplesoft, and Matlab. Users must download and install a client before accessing the software with their CUNY Login.

CUNY Academic Commons

CUNY Academic Commons is an academic social network for CUNY community members. Register using your CUNY email address in order to create a profile, join or create groups, or create a CUNY-affiliated WordPress site. Many CUNY faculty use the Commons to create course websites.


OpenCUNY is a “participatory digital medium” for student web sites managed by and for GC students. It requires a GC student email address for login.