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CUNY LIBRARIES ARE OPEN both ONLINE and on campus! We are open online for reference & instruction. E-resources are fully available. CUNY Libraries physical spaces are also open for quiet study, computers and wifi, materials pickup, and more. Please note that library plans are subject to change based on the evolving pandemic situation and plans at each campus. At this time, due to the pandemic, campus access (including libraries) may be restricted to each campus’ current students, faculty and staff. Some libraries require reservations. Please check our College Libraries page for details about the library you plan to visit.

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Library Resources for CUNY Central Employees: Welcome!


CUNY's library system is a federation of 31 libraries and the CUNY Central Office of Library Services (OLS), supporting the University's 24 campuses and 100+ research centers and institutes.

CUNY Libraries provide a fundamental role in supporting academic programs, teaching and learning, and facilitating the curricular and research activities of the University's faculty, researchers and students. CUNY's libraries are dedicated to advancing the teaching and research mission of the colleges by delivering discovery and access of CUNY's vast physical, electronic, digital collections and scholarly record, offering innovative services, as well as providing optimal learning and study environments.

In addition the individual campuses, the CUNY Libraries also provide services for CUNY Central employees. Use the tabs above to learn more about what CUNY Libraries can do for you!

Getting Started

Use tabs above to find out more information about the services offered to CUNY Central employees through the CUNY libraries.

CUNY Libraries by the Number

Academic Year 2014-2015


  • 24 colleges
  • 31 libraries
  • 850+ full-time staff
  • $57.7 million total expenditures
  • 14+ million visitors


  • Expenditures: $15.7 million, includes $14.6 million for e-resources
  • Print
    • 8.2 million monographs
    • 3.3+ million circulation transactions
    • 3.5+ million searches
  • Electronic/Digital
    • 3,500+ databases
    • 300,000+ eBooks
    • 30+ million searches


  • 130,000+ interlibrary loan transactions
  • 46,000+ CUNY consortial loan transactions
  • 354,000+ reference consultations