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The Graduate Center’s Mina Rees Library facilitates the research, teaching, and learning activities of the Graduate Center by connecting the community with print materials, electronic resources, research assistance and instruction, and expertise about the complexities of scholarly communication and digital scholarship. It also enables access to the collections of other CUNY libraries, the New York Public Library (NYPL), and libraries worldwide.

The library is a hub for discovery, delivery, and digitization. Our sunlit study space is sequestered from Midtown crowds and the event-intensive bustle of the Graduate Center. The library purchases and subscribes to many databases, electronic journals, and electronic books, all of which are accessible both on and off site. The GC community can receive immediate help from reference librarians and also schedule in-depth research consultations with a subject librarian. Library faculty teach workshops about every element of the research process, from defining the research question to citation management to publication and copyright. Librarians also assist scholars in sharing their works with the broadest possible public through CUNY Academic Works, CUNY’s institutional repository.

Graduate Center students benefit from an extensive network of libraries within and beyond CUNY. They have full use and borrowing privileges at all CUNY libraries (with the exception of the CUNY School of Law Library). A CUNY-wide system (CLICS) provides book delivery between campuses; researchers may also place requests through Interlibrary Loan, a highly efficient service for obtaining print and electronic materials beyond CUNY.

The Mina Rees Library enjoys a long-standing special relationship with the New York Public

Library. NYPL grants Graduate Center students enhanced borrowing privileges for materials held at its research libraries, including the vast humanities and social sciences collections of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building eight blocks away. NYPL also approves some students for participation in the Manhattan Research Library Initiative (MaRLI) for book borrowing privileges at NYU and Columbia.

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