CUNY’s library system is a federation of 31 libraries and the CUNY Central Office of Library Services (OLS), supporting the University’s 25 campuses and 100+ research centers and institutes. CUNY Libraries provide a fundamental role in supporting academic programs, teaching and learning, and facilitating the curricular and research activities of the University’s faculty, researchers and students. CUNY Libraries remain the physical, social and intellectual hubs of campus life, serving as a focal points for collaboration, innovation, and transformation. As such, they have and will continue to be immensely popular destinations for the University’s largely commuter colleges. CUNY Libraries are in the process of reconfiguring their traditional spaces to facilitate collaborative learning and engagement. The college libraries typically work closely with offices of student services to provide assistive, accessible technologies & services to students with disabilities. CUNY’s libraries are dedicated to advancing the teaching and research mission of the colleges by delivering discovery and access of CUNY’s vast physical, electronic, digital collections and scholarly record, offering innovative services, and providing optimal learning and study environments.

CUNY faculty and students may use and borrow materials from any of the University’s libraries regardless of their college affiliation. CUNY’s libraries also lend devices, including laptops, tablets, calculators and digital cameras to support student work. Devices are lent from a patron’s affiliated campus library only. Besides the vast collections electronic resources that CUNY Central makes available to the CUNY community, all colleges enter into their own licensing agreements adding resources that reflect each of their curricular goals.

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By the numbers...


  • 24 colleges
  • 31 libraries
  • 850 full-time staff
  • $58 million total expenditures
  • 14+ million visitors


  • 41,000+ interlibrary loan transactions
  • 46,000+ CUNY consortial loan transactions
  • 350,000+ reference consultations


  • $15.7 million in expenditures, includes $14.6 million for e-resources
  • Print
    • 6.2 million monographs
    • 3.3+ million circulation transactions
    • 3.5 million searches
  • Electronic
    • 3,500+ databases
    • 300,000+ e-books
    • 30 million+ searches
  • Institutional Repository
    • 107,000+ downloads