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Looking for a book?

Here's a quick summary of which box you should visit on this page, depending on your needs:

To find print books and e-books at CCNY Libraries or any of the CUNY libraries, use OneSearch

To find print books not available at any CUNY library, use WorldCat and then request the book by using our ILL service.

If you need quick access to a book not held at any CUNY library and cannot wait 1-2 weeks for the book via our ILL service, you can see if New York Public Library (NYPL) research branches have a copy of the book you need or come to the reference desk during regular hours and ask about obtaining a METRO referral card to visit another nearby academic library on one specific date.

Find books outside CUNY+

The WorldCat catalog allows you to search the holdings of hundreds of libraries across the nation. If CUNY Libraries do not own a copy of the item you need,  you may request it through the CCNY Libraries InterLibrary Loan (ILL) service. For more on ILL, see the column on the right.

NYPL Catalog

If you need to find a book or article right away and cannot wait for an ILL request to arrive, try searching the New York Public Library holdings. If the item is available, you can use it onsite at one of the research branches.

OneSearch Tutorial Video

OneSearch is a federated search engine that locates articles as well as books in a great number - but not all - of our catalogs and databases.