The Mina Rees Library is located on the first floor of the Graduate Center, and is open to all CUNY students, faculty, staff, and visiting scholars.

The librarians at the Mina Rees Library maintain a blog, where library workshops and initiatives are announced. To keep up with announcements on new services and service changes (holiday hours, etc.) you can also follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Borrowing materials and accessing databases

To borrow materials from the library, Graduate Center students must have a GC photo ID with a current semester validation sticker. Bring this card to the 1st floor circulation desk to get a barcode. You need a barcode to:

  • borrow materials from any CUNY library
  • request materials from other libraries to be picked up at the GC
  • create an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) account

For complete details on borrowing privileges and information about loan periods, fines, and using interlibrary loan, visit the library’s website.

The library has subscriptions to databases and online journals that can be accessed via the wifi network on site, or from home using your GC Network ID credentials (the same username and password you use to access your GC accounts). Many academic journals do not provide online access to their most recent issues; if the library doesn’t have a print subscription you can get these through interlibrary loan.

Using the library space

There are computer workstations on all three floors of the library. The Dissertation Reading Room on the 1st floor is a laptop-free area for quiet study, along with an area on the northeast corner of the 2nd floor (on the 35th St. side).

  • Concourse Level: Mac Media Lab, color printer, bathrooms and workshop classrooms
  • 1st floor: Circulation and the Reserves desk, along with an assistive technology room
  • 2nd floor: Reference Desk, IT Help Desk, bathrooms, printers, scanners, digital studio, assistive technology

MaRLI: Library privileges at NYPL, Columbia University, and NYU

Students at the Graduate Center are eligible for a program called MaRLI (Manhattan Research Library Initiative) that allows borrowing from NYPL’s research collections, Columbia University, and NYU. More information on participating libraries and how to sign up can be found on the library’s website.

Feedback about library services?

The DSC Officer for Library and Technology wants to hear about it! Use the form below or email library (at) cunydsc (dot) org to provide any feedback about the library space or its services.

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