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New Student Survival Libguide: Library Account / IDs

New to CCNY Libraries?

Activate and Validate ID

Validate CCNY ID (Obtained at the ID office, bursars)

All CCNY students are required to carry a CCNY identification (ID) card with a current validation sticker in order to gain access to the library.

Note:  Unless tuition is paid, students will not be issued validation stickers for their identification cards.   Validated stickers are required for borrowing books from the library.

Activate Library Account (Circulation Desk)

After receiving an up to date ID/ or validation sticker, stop by any of the CCNY library circulation desk to activate your library account. Library staff verifies mailing address, email, and activates barcode on the back of your CCNY ID card. 

Barcode must be activated/updated in person at the circulation desk every time there are changes to student information. 



  • Borrow books and other material from the CCNY libraries:
    • Reserve Loan (2hrs)
    • Regular Loan (4-8 weeks)
    • Reference Loan (Room Use Only)
    • DVDs Loan (2hrs to 7 day loan)
  • Request books NOT AVAILABLE at your home library via CLICS (CUNY Libraries Inter-Campus Service)

  • Request books and articles outside of CUNY via Inter-Library Loan

  • Get OFF Campus Access to Articles, Databases, and E-Books (Remote use from home computer, smartphone, IPAD, etc.)

  • Access to visit and borrow from ANY CUNY Library

Note:  Please confirm requested items are not available within the CUNY system before utilizing Interlibrary Loan services.

ID Cards

CCNY Student Perks

Activate your CCNY email, and you can get a FREE copy of Microsoft Office 365:               

  • Go to: (log in with your CCNY email address)
  • Click:  Settings (upper right hand corner)
  • Click:  Office 365 Settings  ----> Software  ---->  Office  ---->  Install

FREE subscription to the New York Times Digital Edition: For  full access to the and the NYTimes smart phone App.  Be sure to create a account using your City College email address.

  • Go to the CCNY Databases A-Z list  ----> Select N tab
  • Scroll to New York Times Digital (simply register with your CCNY Email)
  • Click "Create My Account." On the Welcome page, Click "Continue" and select "Check Confirmation email" in your City College email account (it should arrive within 15 minutes)

Use your City OneCard to get FREE and discounted admission to some of NYC's best museums, galleries, botanical gardens, science centers, historical societies and libraries. Click here for more information.

Laptop Loan Program

The CCNY IT office provides a Laptop Loaner Program for current CCNY students. Laptops are equipped with Wireless networking, MS Office, Adobe Acrobat, as well as other CCNY-approved software.