The mission of the CUNY Libraries is to support teaching and learning at The City University of New York by offering services and programs that will help faculty and students attain a successful learning experience. The following are services offered to members of the CUNY Central community. Please consult the individual campus libraries for additional services offered to members of that community.
CUNY libraries provide a host of options to get research support online. Almost all campus libraries respond to phone and e-mail inquiries and some offer instant or text messaging. Ten college libraries have gone further by joining an international consortium that offers their students librarian assistance 24/7:
Discovery & Search
The CUNY Libraries share a catalog. It provides access to information about the holdings at all campuses, including print and electronic books, videos, maps, serials, zines, and titles that are on order. The catalog may be searched by author, title, subject, or keyword, and it is accessible from any computer. Patrons using mobile devices will be automatically rerouted to the mobile version of the catalog for an optimal browsing experience.
Additionally, the University licenses a large number of information resources which are available to the entire CUNY community. In addition to this core group of ebooks, databases, and archives, individual campuses offer a rich range of additional electronic resources to support local needs. Ebooks, online reference collections, full texts of journal articles and electronic journals, as well as document delivery extend services beyond print collections available within library buildings.
To search the CUNY Libraries’ resources, use CUNY OneSearch.
CUNY Libraries are committed to providing access to the full world of information and resources, including those sources that they do not own. There are multiple ways for researchers to obtain materials outside of their local college’s collections.
CUNY Intercampus Delivery (“CLICS”)
Print books held at CUNY libraries besides your home library can be requested via the catalog. Please always check CUNY OneSearch for the items you need before moving onto Interlibrary Loan and looking for materials outside CUNY. For instructions on how to request a book via CLICS, view the video created by the CUNY Graduate Center.
Interlibrary Loan (“ILL”)
Request a print book or electronic delivery of individual book chapters and journal articles via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
Interlibrary Loan arrangements have been made with many libraries in the New York metropolitan region and throughout the world. If you cannot find the books and articles you need within the CUNY system, consult your interlibrary loan librarian.
Some CUNY libraries offer ILL to CUNY faculty and graduate students only — consult your home library for specific policies.
Receive a referral to a specific library collection using a METRO card. In addition to the three public library systems in the region, some private libraries with specialized collections may be open to the public under this program. Other libraries are open only under restricted circumstances with a referral from your campus library.
A METRO card referral may be issued by the reference librarian at your home library for the use, at a private university such as NYU or Columbia, of a specific book or journal that is not available at CUNY, through ILL, or in the public library.
Some CUNY libraries may issue referral cards to faculty and/or graduate students only — consult your home library for specific policies.
Library & Research Instruction
Most campus libraries provide formal course-related or drop-in workshops for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. CUNY library faculty are experts in finding and using information as well as tools for information retrieval and use, and stay current on new resources across the disciplines and new research strategies, including accessing ebooks and citation management applications.
A service of the CUNY Libraries, CUNY Academic Works is the institutional repository dedicated to collecting and providing public access to the scholarly and creative work of the City University of New York.
Doctoral degrees are granted by the Graduate Center and several other CUNY campuses. All Graduate Center dissertations since 2014, as well as some from before 2014, are posted to CUNY Academic Works. Some are immediately available to read and download, and some become available after an embargo period set by the author. Embargoed dissertations are available to the CUNY community and others via interlibrary loan. All Graduate Center dissertations from 1965 to 2013 are available to the CUNY community in the Graduate Center’s Legacy (Retrospective) Dissertations database. They are available to non-CUNY researchers via interlibrary loan. Dissertation practices at other CUNY campuses vary. For information about a specific dissertation, check CUNY OneSearch or contact the library of the campus that granted the degree.
Many CUNY campuses offer master’s degrees, and thesis practices vary widely from campus to campus. Some theses are publicly available on CUNY Academic Works, and some are saved in campus archives. For information about a specific thesis, check CUNY OneSearch or contact the library of the campus that granted the degree.