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About CCNY Libraries

About CCNY Libraries

The City College Library system – seven facilities in five buildings and the affiliated CUNY Dominican Studies Library – is the largest within CUNY. The libraries are the crossroads of life at City College, offering a wide array of services to all members of the campus community, and providing leadership within this urban university in scholarship and research support, quality learning, enriched discourse and equity of access for diverse constituencies. The libraries provide information literacy instruction across the curriculum, host instructional workshops, a full calendar of exhibitions and a wide variety of cultural events.

The libraries own more than 950,000 print volumes and provide access to more than 980,000 electronic books and 118,000 electronic journals.

As a federal depository since 1884, the libraries hold more than 100,000 government documents.

The collections may be accessed through the libraries’ catalog, lists of online databases, online journal collections, and the online research subject guides which allow focused inquiry 24/7.

Specialized research help can be found online and at our reference desk. The Interlibrary loan office obtains materials not found in the City College Libraries or in CUNY.

The CCNY Libraries Archives and Special Collections Division is committed to acquiring, preserving and providing access to records of enduring value that document the history of City College – the nation’s first public institution of higher education – and its alumni, faculty and students throughout its history.

The City College Library was Congressionally designated to be a depository of Government documents in 1884. Public access to government documents is guaranteed by law. The primary mission of the depository collection is to reflect and support the research and teaching needs of the students, faculty and staff of the CCNY community, as well as the government document needs of the residents of the 13th Congressional District of New York.

Members of the City College community have access to the libraries’ physical and virtual collections, including circulation privileges and remote access. The libraries also provide services to individuals with disabilities, to affiliated members and to Friends of the Library. Contact Cohen Circulation at 212-650-7155 or inquire at any library service desk for information regarding access and borrowing privileges.