Fall 2021: What to know about using the Mina Rees Library.

Research Guides

Technology in the Library

Library Technology Overview

Computers: There are many computers on the 1st floor, 2nd floor, and Concourse Level 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 or Reference Desk. 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: The Graduate Center has two wireless networks: GCcommunity (log in with GC network account credentials) and GCguest (just enter your email address). All library resources are available on the wi-fi networks.

Printing: Users with a GC network account receive free and unlimited printing. Printing can be initiated from library computers or from any web-enabled device. Non-GC users may print from library computers for a feeSee 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 prepaid copy card. 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.

Policies: See CUNY's Computer Use Policy.

Assistive Technologies

There are several assistive technologies available in the Graduate Center Library and elsewhere in the GC, including JAWS, Kurzweil 1000/3000, and Zoomtext. For full information about offerings, contact Student Affairs at studentaffairs@gc.cuny.edu or (212) 817-7400.


The following software applications are available at the GC and are set up to be used with the operating systems indicated:

  • Windows:  7Zip, Adobe Acrobat Prof, Adobe Master Collection, ArcGIS, Atlas TI, CUNYVM, EViews, FileZilla, Gaussian, GaussView, HLM, IBM SPSS, iTunes, LISREL, MapInfo, Maple, Matlab, Microsoft Office Suite Pro, MikTex, PowerDVD, Putty, QuickTime, R, Refworks, Roxio, RStudio, SAS, STATA, VideoLAN, WinEdit, Wolfram Mathmatica, WS_FTP, and Zotero.
  • Mac: Adobe Acrobat Prof, Adobe Master Collection, IBM SPSS, iTunes, Maple, Matlab, Microsoft Office Suite Pro, QuickTime, R, Refworks, RStudio, SAS, VideoLAN, and Zotero.
  • CUNY Virtual Desktop (log in with CUNYfirst ID): SPSS, SAS, Mathematica, Maplesoft, Matlab, ArcGIS.

For the most up-to-date software availability, including applications that are available in specific locations only, see IT's list of software.

For answers to other questions about software or information technology (e.g., Blackboard, CUNYfirst, telecommunications, survey tools, etc.), consult IT’s Frequently Asked Questions or contact IT Services at itservices@gc.cuny.edu.

Need More Info?

Need more info? Consult these pages:

Other technology questions?
Contact the Reference Desk at (212) 817-7077 or by chat.
Or contact IT Services at (212) 817-7300 or itservices@gc.cuny.edu.


Printing for GC Account Holders: 

Once you send a print job to the printer, visit and use the print-release station to release and pick up the print job. Additional printers are on the Concourse level computer lab and in department labs. Color printing is no longer available in the GC library - though there is a photocopier that prints in color. Report printer problems to IT Services at itservices@gc.cuny.edu. For step-by-step instructions, consult:


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 ref@gc.cuny.edu).   

  • 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>.​
  • Step-by-step instructions: Using the Print Release Station (PDF)


  • Printing via photocopier with a USB/Flash Drive:
    B&W and color printing is available on the photocopier on the second floor of the library.  To use this machine for printing, save documents to a USB flash drive as PDF, TIFF, or XPS files. Report problems with the photocopier to the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor (212.817.7083 or circ@gc.cuny.edu).
  • Quick Guide: Scanning to and Printing from a USB Flash Drive (PDF)