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Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs), policies and services at the CCNY libraries.



Self-service copiers are located in Cohen, Science/Engineering Music and Architecture libraries and payable by print/copy card or cash. Two-sided copying is not available at this time.

Copier locations:

Black & White: Cohen, Science/Engineering, Music and Architecture Libraries

Color: Architecture Library

Report any problems with the photocopiers to the Circulation Department or to the nearest service desk. Archives & Special Collections Division provide separate photocopier services for archival material.

Preservation of Library Material

If you come upon any library materials you believe need repair, please hand them to a Circulation Desk staff member. Everyone's cooperation is required in order to keep the collection in the best condition possible.

Please avoid the following conditions and common sources of damage to library books:

  • Do not ever write in books, not even in pencil.
  • Moisture (including rain and spilled beverages)
  • Using inappropriate materials as bookmarks, for example:
  • Post-it notes; the adhesive substance used on post-it notes is acidic, can rip pages, and can lift text
  • Paperclips; leave impressions and can rip pages
  • Pencils (or anything thicker than a piece of paper); wedged between pages causes damage to the spine
  • Rubber bands; leave damaging residue on pages and should not be used to hold pages back
  • Folding the corners of pages (dog-earing)
  • Damage caused by pets, rodents, and insects
  • Stuffing books into an overfull book drop (if they don't go into the chute easily, return them at the Circulation desk)

Charges may be assessed at the discretion of the Library if any of the above conditions occur, even if accidental or inadvertent.

Print/Copy Cards

Print/copy cards are necessary for printing in the libraries and are optional on the photocopy machines. Print/Copy cards can be purchased for $.30 in Cohen Library.


All printing with Library computers is payable by print/copy card.

Printing costs:

  • $.10/page (8 ½ x 11) black & white
  • $1.00/page (8 ½ x11) color (available in Cohen and Architecture Libraries)

Papers can be printed from the Windows computers located on the 2nd floor of Cohen Library, and main floors of Science/Engineering and Architecture Libraries. Citations, journal articles, web pages, etc. from any hard-wired internet computer in the library can be sent to printing stations.


Color printing is available in the Cohen and Architecture libraries.

It is not possible to submit print jobs wirelessly at CCNY Libraries from your own laptop. Two-sided printing is not available at this time.


Report problems with the printers to the Circulation department or to the nearest service desk.


Printing through Tech Fee

Current students can print from Tech Fee-funded labs using their allotted 1,000 print credits during the Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer periods. 

Tech Fee Lab Locations:

  1. Tech Center, NA1/301
  2. Fishbowl, NA 1/501
  3. Graduate Lab, NA 1/207
  4. Undergraduate Lab NA 1/11

Tech Fee Printing Details

  • Students get 2,000 pages per year from their Tech Fee. This is given in two allotments per calendar year - 1,000 pages at the beginning of Fall semester and 1,000 pages at the beginning of Spring semester. The Fall allotment will cover the Winter intersession, the Spring allotment will cover the Summer.
  • Students can purchase additional print credits in the Bursar office and present a receipt at the Tech Center where the credits will be added manually to their accounts.
  • In case of a print error such as low toner,  students can be refunded print credits. If there is a paper jam, the printer will automatically re-print the job after the jam is cleared. 
  • Print credits are applied to student Active Directory (AD) accounts, no cards are necessary. All current CCNY students get print credits added to their accounts. If a student account does not reflect the credits at the beginning of the semester, the Office of Information Technology can check on the account and manually add the credits.  

Privacy of Library Records

CCNY Libraries are committed to maintaining the privacy of our users and subscribe to the ALA Code of Ethics in regards to the rights of the library user.

Purchases: recommend a library purchase

If you would like the library to purchase a book, video or journal you can fill out an online recommendation form.