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About the CUNY Catalog

About Electronic Collections/Licensed Resources

Ask A Librarian

Interlibrary Loan

Library and Research Instruction


Thesis Requests

Textbook Savings

About the CUNY Catalog

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.

The CUNY Catalog can be searched from any computer with an Internet connection. Patrons using mobile devices will be automatically rerouted to the mobile version of the catalog for an optimal browsing experience.

About Electronic Collections/Licensed Resources

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.

Access University-wide E-Journals & Reference Databases

Help using E-Journals and Reference Databases

Ask A Librarian

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. Eight college libraries have gone further by joining an international consortium that offers their students librarian assistance 24/7. The eight libraries are at Baruch, Brooklyn, Hunter, Lehman, and Staten Island Colleges, Borough of Manhattan and Bronx Community Colleges, and the Graduate Center.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Document Delivery

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 the CUNY Catalog 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
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 and 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.


The University's multimedia collection supports City University of New York instruction and research. The CUNY Libraries and Instructional Media Departments hold a large collection of graphics and media resources in VHS, DVD and other formats that can be used to enhance classroom presentations or to support students in lab work as supplements to classroom instruction.

All media titles currently owned by the individual colleges can be found in CUNY's online library catalog. These collections, developed locally by each of the CUNY Libraries, reside in various library and media departments across the University. Further information on each collection, and loan policies can be found on each CUNY library's website.

In addition, several media centers support active graphic, video, and multimedia production facilities, several offer satellite downlink capabilities, and all offer consultation in electronic media support for classroom instruction. Please consult the individual colleges' directory for further information.

Thesis Requests

Requesting a Copy of a CUNY Doctoral Thesis: The best way to obtain a copy of a doctoral thesis published by CUNY is to go through your local library. Your campus or public librarian may request a thesis copy from the CUNY Graduate Center using InterLibrary Loan. Please note that all copies are provided on microfilm only. The current ILL contact at the Graduate Center is Professor Beth Posner at or

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