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Research Guides



Questions about book or media reserves? Contact the Circulation Department at 212.817.7083 or

Questions about accessing readings on Blackboard? Contact IT Services at

Where are Reserve Books, DVDs, CDs?

If your professor has placed books or other materials on reserve they will be located at the Reserves Desk on the first floor (connected to the Circulation Desk). Reserve books can be checked out for two hours. Overnight reserve loans begin 2 hours before the library closes for return within 1 hour of the library’s opening the following day. Some reserve items circulate for three days at a time.

Reserve VHS, DVDs, and CDs are for library use only.

Overdue fines for reserve materials are $0.10/min.

Accessing Articles in Blackboard

Login to Blackboard through the CUNY Portal. If you are new to the portal, register first. If the CUNY Portal is down, use the Alternative Blackboard Login directly below the portal login.

Once you login to Blackboard, all courses for which you are properly registered will automatically display. If there is not a course display where you think there should be, it may be that your instructor has not “set availability” for the course. If you are auditing a course, your instructor can add you to the course or seek assistance from IT Services.

Instructors usually post reserve readings and/or links to books on reserve in the Graduate Center Library in the Documents section of the course page, available on the left panel. But they may post readings in other Blackboard sections as well.

Some Grad Center departments use “Grad Exams” to post or link to readings required for 1st and/or 2nd exams. Find your department’s Grad Exam under “My Organizations” on the lower right panel. You may also do an “Organization Search” (lower left Search Tools) for “grad exam” to find a list of departments. Use the Enroll button to enroll yourself in the “Grad Exam” for your department.