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Aug. 27 - Dec. 22, 2015

Mon 8 AM - 10 PM
Tue 8 AM - 10 PM
Wed 8 AM - 10 PM
Thu 8 AM - 10 PM
Fri 8 AM - 7 PM
Sat 10 AM - 6 PM
Sun 12 PM - 5 PM
Quiet Study Area


Borrow & Renew Books

Guidelines to Borrow

  • All current CUNY faculty, students and staff, and Empire State College student can borrow books.

  • A validated CUNY ID (with current semester sticker) is required.

  • Borrow and return books to the Circulation Desk at the main entrance of the Library (S410).

  • Loan Period:
    Four (4) weeks for students
    Eight (8) weeks for Faculty

Guidelines to Renew

Patrons with a current validated ID may renew items in person or online, in the Library Catalog. Items may be renewed twice (leisure reading - once).

How to Renew Books Online

  • Step 1:
    Click My Account.
  • Step 2:
    Type your ID Card library barcode number into both the barcode and the password box.
  • Step 3:
    Under 'Activities' click 'Current Loans'.
  • Step 4:
    Check the boxes of the books that you want to renew and click 'Renew Selected'.

Renewals will not be granted if:

  • The item is overdue.
  • Renewal limit has been exceeded.
  • There is a block on your record.
  • The item has been requested by someone else (item has a hold).


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.

Self Check 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.
  • Be borrowing books from the stacks.
  • Be in good standing:
    • No blocks on your account
    • No overdue items
    • Owe less than $5 in fines

Fines and Fees

All patrons are subject to fines for overdue, damaged, or lost materials.*

  • General overdue fine:
    $.25 per item per day up to a maximum of $10.00
  • Reserved item overdue fine:
    $6 - $15 per item per hour
  • Equipment item overdue fine:
    $15 per item per hour
  • Lost or damaged items:
    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 $10.00
  • Recalled Items:
    $1.00 per day to a maximum of $50.00 per item

*Revision of The City University of New York Tuition and Fee Manual
RESOLVED, That the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York approve the increase in several miscellaneous fees for any semester or session commencing with the Fall 2013 semester as stated to defray costs associated with these activities.
And be it further RESOLVED, That the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York approve the University's revised Tuition and Fee Manual and authorize the Chancellery to revise the Manual as may be necessary and appropriate in the future. This Manual will serve as the University's policy statement regarding tuition and fee matters.


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.

Courtesy Discharge

Books may be returned to any CUNY library unless they are long overdue and declared lost. Overdue fines may also be paid at any CUNY library. However, in person renewals can only be done at the home library.

Lost/Stolen ID Cards

Lost/Stolen CUNY ID cards must be reported to Campus Security and the Circulation Desk.

Borrow From CUNY Libraries (CLICS)

CLICS (CUNY Library Intra-Campus Services) is a system that allows students and faculty to request books through the Library Catalog and have them sent to any campus within 48 hours.

How to Request Books Online

  • Step 1:
    From the item record in the Library Catalog, click "Request"
  • Step 2:
    Enter your library barcode number and password.
  • Step 3:
    Make sure Borough of Manhattan CC is selected.
  • Step 4:
    The book should be sent to BMCC within 48 hours.

Borrow Books in Person
You may also borrow books in person, at other CUNY libraries, with your validated CUNY ID card. There will be times when you wish to use a more specialized collection or a CUNY library that is closer to your home or one open when BMCC is not. You may return books at any CUNY library as long as they are not overdue. The Graduate Center and the CUNY Law School do not participate in the Open Access program.