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Services & Policies: Circulation/Borrowing

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Borrowing Policy
You must have a VALID CUNY ID to take out City College items.


General Circulation Collections

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

3 weeks with 4 online renewals

Ph.D. Students (non-CCNY)

6 weeks, no renewal

CUNY Staff (non-faculty)

3 weeks with 4 online renewals


6 weeks with 3 online renewals

Visiting faculty

3 weeks with 4 online renewals

Retired faculty

3 weeks with 4 online renewals

Campus High School Faculty

4 weeks with 1 online renewal

Campus High School Students

2 weeks with 1 renewal


3 weeks, no renewal

(CCNY books only)

Friends of the Library ($100)

on-site access to CCNY books

no borrowing

Friends of the Library ($500)

3 weeks, no renewal

(CCNY books only)

SUNY Empire State College   

4 weeks

Student must present valid SUNY Empire State College ID


Use of InterLibrary Loan (ILL) is restricted to City College students, faculty and staff. A valid CCNY ID must be presented to place ILL requests and receive ILL items.

Return Policy

  • City College books may be returned to any City College or CUNY Library.
  • 1-day, 3-day and 7-day reserve books MUST be returned to the Library circulation desk where they were borrowed.
  • 2-hour reserve items at the Cohen Library, the Science Library and the Architecture Library may be used outside the library.  
  • Music Library reserve items MAY NOT leave the Music Library.
  • Fines will be charged for reserve books returned to a different library or put in a drop box.
  • Videos, Music Scores and CDs must to be returned to the Library where they were borrowed.
  • InterLibrary Loan items (ILL) MUST be returned to Cohen Library Circulation Desk.


Overdue Fines

  • Fines are charged for each calendar day materials remain overdue.
  • Fines for General Circulation Books are $0.25 per day for each day overdue.
  • Fines for Videos are $3.00 per day for each day overdue.
  • Fines for 2-hour In-Library Reserve Materials are $.10 per minute overdue up to $100.00 (maximum fine).
  • Fines for 3-day Reserve are $25.00 per day and 7-day Reserve Materials are $5.00 per day for each day overdue.
  • Fines for ILL books are $1.00 per day for each day overdue.


Lost Materials Fee

All of the following apply:

  • Retail cost of the item
  • $25 processing fee
  • Overdue fines up to the time that the book is reported as lost.

Library users who have lost materials on their Library record will have a BLOCK placed on their College and Library record. Until cleared, the block will prevent registration, graduation, requests for transcripts and borrowing from any CUNY Library.


You can place a HOLD on an item which is currently checked-out by another Library user. You can place a hold yourself in CUNY+ (the Library Catalog) or ask a circulation desk clerk to help you.

Change of Address:

Please notify the Library of any change to your mailing and email addresses so your Library record can be updated.