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Borrowing Policy

You must have a valid CUNY ID to borrow City College items.

General Circulation Collections

Students

Undergraduate 4 weeks with 3 online renewals
Graduate Students 6 weeks with 3 online renewals
Ph.D. Students 8 weeks with 3 online renewals
Campus High School Students 2 weeks with 1 renewal
SUNY Empire State College Students    4 weeks (with valid ID)

Faculty

CCNY Faculty 8 weeks with 3 online renewals
CUNY Faculty (non-CCNY) 8 weeks with 2 online renewals
Visiting Faculty 3 weeks with 3 online renewals
Retired Faculty 8 weeks with 4 online renewals
Campus High School Faculty 4 weeks with 1 online renewal

Staff

CUNY Staff (non-faculty) 4 weeks with 1 online renewal

Alumni & Friends of the Library

Alumni Association members 3 weeks, CCNY books only, no renewal
Friends of the Library ($100) on-site access to CCNY Library books/databases (no borrowing)
Friends of the Library ($500) 3 weeks, no renewal (CCNY books only)

Return Policy

  • City College books may be returned to any City College library circulation desk or any CUNY library.
  • 1-day, 3-day and 7-day reserve books MUST be returned to the Library circulation desk where they were borrowed.
  • 2-hour reserve items at the Cohen Library, the Music Library, the Science Library and the Architecture Library may be used outside the library.
  • Fines will be charged for reserve items returned to a different library or put in a drop box.
  • DVDs/videos, music scores and CDs must to be returned to the library where they were borrowed.
  • InterLibrary Loan items (ILL) MUST be returned to the Cohen Library Circulation Desk.

Fines

Patrons with fines totaling over $25 will be issued a block on their CUNYfirst account. A block will prevent registration, graduation, requests for transcripts and borrowing privileges from any CUNY Library.

  • Fines are charged for each calendar day materials remain overdue.
  • Fines for general circulation books are $.25 per day for each day overdue.
  • Fines for videos/DVDs are $1.00 per day for each day overdue.
  • Fines for 2-hour reserve materials are $.10 per minute up to $50.00 (maximum fine).
  • Fines for 3-day and 7-day reserve materials are $2.50 per day up to $50.00 (maximum fine).
  • Fines for ILL books are $1.00 per day for each day overdue
  • There is a $10 fine per item for not picking up ILL materials.

Lost Book/Item Fees

Patrons who have Lost Books/Items on their library record will have a block placed on their CUNYfirst account. Until cleared, the block will prevent registration, graduation, requests for transcripts and borrowing privileges from any CUNY Library.

The fees for Lost Books/Items are as follows:

  • $85 Lost Book/Item fee (this is the minimum amount; certain books are subject to a higher, current retail price)
  • $25 Processing fee
  • $20 Overdue fine

The Lost Item fee for calculators or DVDs is the current retail price.