The libraries of the City University of New York participate in a Universal Courtesy Open Access lending agreement. This website was created to provide CUNY students, faculty and staff with each college's circulation policy concerning loans, renewals and fines.
Who may borrow?
- A currently validated I.D. card must be presented to enter or borrow library materials from any CUNY school.
- CUNY faculty, staff, currently enrolled students, and retired faculty (with appropriate identification) may borrow books from any CUNY library except:
- The CUNY Law School Library only lends to Law School faculty, staff and students. Patrons from other CUNY colleges can visit the CUNY Law Library but have no borrowing privileges.
- Students currently enrolled in SUNY's Empire State College students are granted the same borrowing privileges as CUNY students. They should be issued a CUNY Open Access card with a generic barcode with an expiration date at the end of the semester.
- Each library has a certain number of patrons that only have borrowing privileges at that library. These are typically:
- Local alumni (alumni have access only to their home campus library)
- Visiting scholars
- Friends of the Library
- Neighboring high school students
- Special patrons
Check with the circulation desk staff if you have questions about these patrons.
- Loan periods and renewal policies listed on this website are based on regular loan, circulating books only. Policies may differ significantly for other library materials.
- The CUNY library circulation committee recommended, and the Council of Chief Librarians approved, a standardized loan period for the initial loan of books:
- CUNY Undergraduates, graduate students and staff - 21 days CUNY
- Doctoral students - 42 days
- CUNY Faculty - 42 days, although a college may give a longer loan period to their own faculty.
- Open Access patrons can place a hold through CUNY+ when logged onto My Account.
- Patrons can select the pick-up library for the book when placing the hold.
- Circulation desk staff can place holds for patrons who are not part of Open Access.
- Items may be renewed a limited number of times if there are no hold requests on the item. Renewals must be done:
- in person at the lending library only, or
- electronically through the My Account link in CUNY+.
Renewal periods and the number of renewals allowed depend on local library policy. See the following pages for more information on renewals.
- Books may be returned to any CUNY library.
Fines and fees
- Regular fines: Overdue fines are ten cents ($.10) a day for regular loans.
- Hold/Recall fines: Overdue fines are one dollar ($1.00) a day for recall and rush recall loans to a maximum of $50.
- Reserve fines: Overdue fines are generally $0.2 per minute ($1.20 an hour) for reserve loans. Maximum fines for overdue reserve materials vary by campus.
- Replacement fees for lost materials must be paid at the library owning the material. Fees may vary. Check with the lending college.
- Although some colleges waive overdue fines for faculty, in all cases faculty must pay for lost books.
- Overdue fines may be paid at any CUNY library.