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NOVELny, the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library, provides New Yorkers with access to millions of magazine, newspaper and journal articles as well as maps, charts, research and reference books.

How can the CUNY College community or any New Yorker access NOVELny?

You need to be a registered borrower of your local public, academic, or school library OR you may use your New York driver license or DMV nondriver ID.

ALL CUNY college library patrons can access  NOVELny databases, along with other library databases, through their CUNY college library website. (NOTE: Each library determines which of the NOVELny databases to include on their websites.)

For Electronic Resources Librarians

To report a problem with a database contact

Where can I find a copy of the NOVELNY database contracts?
Visit the New York State Office of General Services website, and search for vendor.

Who decides what databases will be selected for NOVELNY?
When EmpireLink was launched in 1999, a committee of librarians from around the State decided what subject areas were most important to their users. The committee determined that health, business, newspapers, and K-12 resources were the four most important categories. When NOVELNY was launched in 2001, a steering committee of library representatives from all types of libraries collaborated with New York State Library staff to select the databases. Periodic electronic surveys, posted on the NOVEL-DB e-mail list, continue to gather input from all over the State.

What’s the best way to stay current with the NOVELNY databases? 
The NOVEL-DB e-mail list is the prime source of current information for the NOVELNY databases.  Subscribe here.

My library's IP addresses have changed. Whom do I contact?
Contact a site administrator by e-mail at

How can my library receive monthly usage statistics?
Contact the Help Desk for instructions. Each database vendor has a different procedure, but it is possible to get monthly and yearly statistics.

NOVELny vendor contact information:

Gale:Support portal: ; (to submit questions online) or or 1-800-877-4253 (press 4)

ProQuest: (to submit questions online) or or 1-800-889-3358 or to chat

Scholastic: or 1-888-326-6546 option 4

What's Included?

Barring unforeseen circumstances and/or cuts in funding, the following databases will be available through June 30, 2017:

  • Academic OneFile (Gale)
  • Business Insights: Essentials (Gale)
  • eLibrary Elementary (ProQuest)
  • Gannett Newsstand Complete (ProQuest)
  • General OneFile (Gale Cengage Learning)
  • Health Reference Center Academic (Gale)
  • InfoTrac Newsstand (Gale)
  • Kids InfoBits (Gale)
  • National Newspaper Index (Gale) - [part of InfoTrac beginning August 7, 2015]
  • New York State Newspapers (Gale)
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale) - [available through July 31, 2016]
  • Scholastic GO! (includes Encyclopedia Americana, The New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, Amazing Animals of the World, The New Book of Popular Science, America the Beautiful, and Lands and Peoples) (Scholastic)

 Descriptions of the databases are available at

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NOVELny Help Desk

The New York State library provides a help desk for NOVELny users from Monday to Friday during business hours. Staff answer questions regarding access, searching techniques, and troubleshooting.

The help desk can be reached Toll-free  at (877) 277-0250 or if you are within the NYS Capital District at (518) 486-6012.


NOVELny Listserv

The New York State Library hosts the NOVEL-DB e-mail list to post announcements concerning database problems, contract dates, upcoming database training sessions, and other information useful to NOVELNY database subscribers.

Subscribe to NOVEL-DB by clicking here.