The City College Library provides interlibrary loan (ILL) services for City College faculty, students and staff in good Library standing. ILL is used to obtain materials NOT OWNED by CUNY for purposes relating to:
All ILL requests are made online through our document delivery system called ILLiad. All articles requested through ILLiad will be delivered electronically to your ILLiad account. Books will be delivered to the Circulation department where you can pick them up. You will be notified via email when ILL items have been received. You must create an account on ILLiad to request items via ILL.
How to use CCNY Libraries
CCNY Libraries includes a collection of over one million books, journals, videos, CDs (and other audio recordings), scripts, dissertations, archival materials, etc. It is an "open stack" library, which means that after you find an item's call number in the library catalog (CUNY+), you need to go into the stacks (or aisles where the books are shelved) to get the book yourself. The first letter of a book's call number tells you the floor where the book is located. The books are organized by their subject matter, so if you find one book on your research topic, others are bound to be nearby.
Subject Heading "[Language X] language -- Dictionaries"
Example: Subject Heading Spanish language -- Dictionaries
Subject Heading [Language X] language -- Dictionaries -- [Language Y]"
Example: Subject Heading Spanish language -- Dictionaries -- English
English as a Second Language (ESL) Tools and Guides
A TOEFL Preparation Guide is available at the Reference Desk. It is available for use in the library. You must present your CUNY ID card to request it.
Foreign Language Books/Videos/Audio-recordings
Books in CCNY Libraries are organized by their subject content, not by the language in which they are written. Therefore, all the books in any one language will not be found in one spot.
If you are looking for a specific book, do a Phrase Search for the title (in any language) or the author. If the title appears in a language other than English, the book is in the other language, unless the word "English" appears directly after the title.
If you are looking for books in a non-English language on a particular topic, you must do an Advanced Search and use the "Language Limit" drop-down menu to limit your search to only the books in the language you want.
Foreign Language Periodical Articles
CCNY Libraries subscribe to several databases and journals which provide access to articles in foreign languages.
Full text. For news from sources in other countries, choose News Search, then select Foreign Language. Searches newspapers worldwide.
Full text. Bilingual (English and Spanish) full text database of ethnic and minority newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals published in the US, including magazines on business, child rearing, and ethnic history.
MLA International Bibliography
Citations only. The Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography covers areas such as language, literature, folklore, linguistics, literary theory and criticism, and users can select from several languages.
Reference Desk/Subject Specialists
You can speak with a reference librarian during reference hours or email your research question at Ask a Librarian. Ask a Librarian will respond in 24 hours, M-F. You can also make an appointment with and/or email Subject Specialist. Subject Specialists are Faculty Librarians with advanced degrees and are assigned to every major at CCNY.
Materials that say “In Process” in the catalog have been requested by a user at another campus and are in transit to being either checked out by that person or returned to its home library. You may request the item; however there may be other people ahead of you in the queue.