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.
The library provides access to thousands of e-books, accessible through a variety of databases. Consult our e-books guide for more information.
Looking for electronic access to a specific book? If there’s an e-book you can’t find, complete our e-book search request form. We will do our best to find an electronic copy of the book and will be in touch as soon as we have completed a thorough search. Please note, however, that not every print book has an electronic equivalent.
The switch to online teaching has raised many questions about copyright restrictions and what is permissible under fair use. CUNY’s Office of Library Services maintains a Fair Use and Copyright guide, as well as a page about fair use in the context of Covid-19. (The GC’s Teaching and Learning Center created a site addressing other considerations for academic continuity.)
The library also offers education about copyright, fair use, Creative Commons licenses, and the public domain as part of our Scholarly Research Services.