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Welcome to Fall Semester 2014!

Here are a few helpful hints to ease your way into the new semester:

Library hours beginning Thursday, August 28th:
Monday-Thursday: 9am-9pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm beginning October 5th
We will be CLOSED Monday, September 1st, Labor Day; Monday, October 13, Columbus Day; Thurs-Sun., November 27-30, Thanksgiving.

You need to reset your password for printing, copying, and email every 90 days. Sign up for Self-Service Password Management (SSPM) to save yourself time.

Search the library’s catalog to see if your assigned textbooks are on Reserve. Make sure to note the call number so we can help you find the book more quickly.

Remember to activate your Hostos ID at the circulation desk to enjoy off campus access to online databases and e-books.

We have four study rooms for groups of three or more. Check out our study room policy to find out how to make a reservation.

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Alert: Scheduled Upgrade

The CUNY Catalog will have limited availability during a scheduled upgrade
beginning 7/10/2014. You will not be able to renew or request items between 7/10/2014 and 7/24/2014. Search access will not be available between 7/10/2014 and 7/12/2014. Access to our electronic resources will not be affected.

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LearningExpress Library Gets a New Look

Learning Express Library provides practice tests for licensure exams (including the NCLEX) , helps build skills in reading and math, and offers career exploration resources — something for everyone.   For more information on what you can find in Learning Express Library, see this Featured Resource List. Now the interface is easier to use and navigate. Create your account to get started.

learning express

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April 22, 2014 – You are Not a Gadget

You are not a gadget: a manifesto
by Jaron Lanier


“The most important thing about technology is how it changes people.”

Jaron Lanier, a long time computer scientist–and controversial, outspoken critic of many aspects of computer science today–poses provocative questions about how we interact with each other through social media of all sorts, how we share and construct ideas, and how we try to solve problems or believe (perhaps wrongly) that we can solve all problems through new technology.

Whether or not you agree with his analysis, Lanier asks questions and makes assertions that will make you think.

Bonus links: Read a review from The Washington Post. 
Read an excerpt of the book here.

Now at Hostos Library!

Where to find it: this book is shelved in the main reading room, under H for social sciences (HM is the sub-category for sociology). You can see more on how books are organized by subject here.

The call number on the side of the book will look like this. (Look at the cards on the sides of the shelves to find where “HM” is first, then find the rest line-by-line.)

Questions about finding books in the reading room?  Come ask a librarian!

Posted in Behavioral and Social Sciences, new acquisitions, news, What's New Wednesday

New York Times for all!

NYT digital Thanks to the CUNY Council of Chief Librarians and CUNY Libraries, we now have FREE digital subscriptions to the New York Times for all CUNY students, faculty, and staff!

Sign up using your Hostos email.

Here’s how:

  • Go to
  • Click on “register”–make sure to use your Hostos email address as the email.
  • Click on “create my account” after you’ve filled out your information.
  • You’re not done yet!  On the next page, click on “continue”, in order to get an email confirmation sent to your Hostos email.
  • Check your Hostos email for the confirmation message – it should arrive within 15 minutes.  If you don’t see it in your inbox, check your spam folder.  If you still do not receive it, send a message from your Hostos email to
  • Click on the link in the confirmation email to activate your subscription.
  • Once you have created an account, always use your Hostos email address to log in to

You can use your digital subscription from any computer, or on a smartphone app that can be downloaded from We don’t have access to the tablet apps, but you can still read it on your tablet by using any internet browser.

If you’re looking for older articles, please note that this subscription will only let you download five articles/year published between 1923-1980.  The good news is that you can use the New York Times Historical Database - this is a resource that Hostos Library already subscribes to.  From here, you can access an unlimited number of older NYT articles published between 1851 and five years ago (so, this year that means 1851-2009).

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April 2, 2014 – The Cardboard Valise

by Ben Katchor

Brooklyn-based cartoonist Ben Katchor writes and draws comics like no one else. As detailed and peculiar and familiar-made-strange as a long dream, as whimsical and melancholy as a wry poem or uncensored fairy tale, Katchor’s comics create a parallel world and then stick to that world’s logic as life goes on for its inhabitants.

Along the way, we find absurd discoveries, unanswerable questions, and bittersweet or resigned happiness. Enter his “picture-stories” and let them take you on their journeys.

Now at Hostos Library!

Bonus links!
Read an excerpt

Ben Katchor’s own website is here.
Posted in graphic novels, new acquisitions, news, What's New Wednesday

March 26, 2014 – Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design

By Chip Kidd

“Everything needs to be designed.  Because there’s so much stuff everywhere, we tend to take for granted that someone has to make it all.  It isn’t until you try to create some of it yourself that you start to appreciate the thought and the effort that it can take to design things.” (from the introduction)

In this (no surprise!) beautifully designed and well-illustrated book by award-winning designer Chip Kidd, the author introduces us to key concepts in graphic design such as scale, juxtaposition, use of light and dark, cropping, color theory, positive/negative space, and much more.

Even if you’ve never thought about graphic design before, Kidd writes (and designs) in a way that invites you in, and reading this book is like talking with an uncle who is fantastically good at the thing he does, and happy to share with you what he knows and loves about it.

As the author says, “learning the thinking behind how those images are made will help you figure out why the visual world works the way it does, and how you can be part of creating it.  Or at least, avoid being too manipulated by it.”

Bonus link: Kidd is best known for his many book cover designs.  You can take a look at some of them here.

Posted in arts, new acquisitions, news, What's New Wednesday

March 20, 2014 – The New York Nobody Knows

by William Helmreich

NY Nobody

Native New Yorker (and CUNY sociology professor) William Helmreich spent four years walking up and down NYC streets in all five boroughs, talking to people from all walks (sorry!) of life.  From rich neighborhoods to poor ones, from tightly-knit immigrant communities to blocks undergoing rapid change from gentrification, Helmreich started conversations with everyone he met (and he says almost every New Yorker he approached was willing to talk with him; we are a city that knows how to talk!).

He wrote all about his discoveries and observations in this book.  As one reviewer says, “At its core, The New York that Nobody Knows is about what it means to live in a city that is both con­stantly changing and perpetually resistant to change — and where the resulting reality is endlessly fascinating.”

Now at Hostos Library!

Bonus link: read an article written by a reporter who spent a day in the Bronx walking with the author.

Posted in new acquisitions, news, What's New Wednesday

PBS streaming video — campus trial

Hostos Library has a trial subscription to a collection of over 200 streaming PBS videos. The collection includes well-known PBS documentary series, including Frontline, American Experience, Great Performances, NOVA, and more. Titles include searchable transcripts and are available for mobile downloads.  Tell us what you think! Trial expires May 17th.

The Salsa Revolution section in Latin Music USA   blog pbs video

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March 13, 2014 – Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah In Americanah, two young lovers leave their home country; one comes to the United States, while the other is diverted to England, and their paths diverge. Ifemelu does well as a student, and sharply observes (and creates a popular blog about) American attitudes, categories, insecurities, and assumptions about race. Fifteen years later, when she and her old love Obinze (back in Nigeria with a wife and a nice house) meet again, they have difficult decisions to make.

As one reviewer says: “Part fairy tale, part adventure, the ambitious novel follows Ifemelu and Obinze with attention and sympathy, charting their humiliations and indignities, their failures and successes, capturing in empathetic detail what happens when people go in search of choice and certainty far from home.”

Now at Hostos Library!

Bonus links:
Read an interview from the New York Times.
Read an excerpt from the book.

Bonus bonus links:
Great TED talk video by the author on “The Danger of a Single Story” (transcripts available in 40 languages!)

Next Wednesday, March 19 – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks with British author Zadie Smith at the NYPL! This event is sold-out, but can be watched as a live stream online here.

Posted in Literature, new acquisitions, news, What's New Wednesday

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