Answered By: Heather Shalhoub
Last Updated: Oct 30, 2019     Views: 6

How can I borrow books from SUNY, CUNY, and Community College Libraries?

Who can do this?

SUNY Empire State College currently enrolled students and currently employed faculty & staff.

Where can I do this?

You can borrow books and use other resources at the libraries at SUNY and New York state community colleges through the Open Access Policy. The college has a similar arrangement with CUNY libraries.

How do I do this?

  • You will need to bring your Empire State College photo ID with a valid student ID number. Note: You will also need a CUNY open access card to borrow from CUNY libraries.
  • If you incur any fines, a hold will be placed on your student account so that you can’t graduate, register for classes, or get your transcript until you have paid. In addition, libraries sometimes refer outstanding debts to the state attorney general’s office for collection.
  • Although you can borrow books and use the libraries’ print journals in the building, you will not have access to their online resources (databases) or interlibrary loan.

Tips and recommendations:

  • Check WorldCat first to see if that library lists what you are looking for.
  • Call the library first. Confirm that they have the item(s) and that you can use SUNY Open Access to get it. You may find out that you can’t take it out but you can use the item in the library. This way you can plan ahead if you need to take notes or make photocopies.
  • If they say there is no SUNY Open Access or they have never heard of it, ask to speak with a supervisor or a librarian. Sometimes the workers at libraries are students who may not be aware of all of the programs that are available.
  • If they suggest that you use interlibrary loan, that is because it is how their library works at a traditional campus with a central location where all of the students go in person. The ESC library doesn’t have a physical building where all students can visit so we can’t currently process items the way they do.

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