Borrow & Renew Books


  • All current CUNY faculty, students and staff, and Empire State College student can borrow books.
  • A validated CUNY ID with the current semester sticker is required.
  • Borrow and return books to the Circulation Desk at the main entrance of the library (S410).
  • Book regular loan period:
    four (4) weeks for students
    eight (8) weeks for faculty/staff
  • DVD loan period:
    Regular loan: Seven (7) days with no renewals.  (Check out most DVDs at the Periodicals Desk.)
  • Reserve period:
    Two (2) hours in-library use only with exceptions.  Includes textbooks and DVDs as per the instructor’s request.


  • Books may be renewed in person or online, in the library catalog.
  • Books may be renewed twice (leisure reading only once).
  • Renewals will not be granted if any of the following is true:
    the item is overdue, the renewal limit has been exceeded, there is a block on your record, or the item has been requested by someone else (item has a hold).


  • Regular loan overdue: $.25 per item per day up to a maximum of $20.00
  • Reserve items overdue: $6 – $15 per item per hour
  • Equipment item overdue: $50 per item per day
  • Recalled item overdue: $1.00 per day to a maximum of $50.00 per item
  • Lost or damaged item: A replacement fee of $35.00 ($15 for paperbacks) plus a processing fee of $25.00; and any overdue charges up to a maximum of $20.00 for regular loan books and $50 for reserve items.

Holds & Blocks


Students, faculty, and staff can place holds in the library catalog when logged into their account. Patrons may select the pick-up library for the book when placing the hold.


One (1) overdue item or a total of $5.00 or more in fines will suspend borrowing privileges university wide. If you have a block you can’t register or get an official transcript until you have cleared it.

Self-Checkout Machine

The library has a self-checkout machine. It is fast, easy to use and private. To use the machine you must be:

  • Registered with the Library.
  • Borrowing books from the stacks.
  • In good standing:
    No blocks on your account
    No overdue items
    Owe less than $5 in fines

CLICS Intra-Campus Service

You may borrow books in person at other CUNY libraries, with a validated CUNY ID. CLICS (CUNY Library Intra-Campus Services) allows students and faculty to request books and have them sent to any campus within 48 hours…

Interlibrary Loan

Faculty, staff, and students who possess a valid and current BMCC ID with a library barcode may request material that is not available in the BMCC Library, or any other CUNY library via CLICS, through interlibrary loan (ILL).