Borrow & Renew Books

Borrow

  • 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. Some DVDs are held at the circulation desk.  Ask a Librarian for help!)
  • Textbooks on Reserve (available at the Circulation Desk):
    Textbooks being used during the current semester are available for two (2) hours to use in the library only. 
  • Past editions of textbooks loan period:
    One month with one renewal

Renew

  • Books may be renewed in person or online, in the library catalog.
  • Most books may be renewed twice if no one else has requested the book.  Older editions of textbooks can only be renewed once.

Fines

  • 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

Holds

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.

Blocks

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  may request material that is not available in the BMCC Library, or any other CUNY library through Interlibrary Loan.