BC Library and other CUNY Libraries offer digital services and 24/7 resources. This document outlines our current online services:
Access/Accounts | Blackboard Uploads/Linking | Reference/Consultations/Instruction | Online Resources | Borrowing/Renewals/Fines | Registration Transcription Blocks | Reserves | Interlibrary Loan | Technology Loaner Equipment
The Library is now offering a Book Request and Pick-up by appointment service for Brooklyn College students, faculty and staff for the Brooklyn College Library circulating collection.
Please note: The Library building is closed; there is no direct access to browsing or handling library materials
Books should not be returned to campus until the Library opens. Your books will be automatically renewed. Overdue fines and library blocks are suspended.
If you have left or are leaving the New York City area permanently, please ship your books via UPS or USPS with tracking to:
c/o Device & Book Returns
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
After shipping, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes your CUNYFirst EMPL ID and the Barcode Number that is affixed to the book. This will facilitate the tracking and processing of your book.
Question? Ask us! CircDesk@brooklyn.cuny.edu
The Library building is currently closed until further notice.
Virtual Reference Service Hours - Use our Chat Reference service anytime here: https://libguides.brooklyn.cuny.edu/askalibrarian. Email us at email@example.com or use this form. Email a subject librarian directly - we look forward to hearing from you.
Your BC and CUNY Accounts - Link here: https://libguides.brooklyn.cuny.edu/accounts for information about your Library account, authenticating from off campus, BC email, and more!
24/7 Chat Reference Service - Go to the BC Library website and choose the “Ask-A-Librarian” tab, then click on Chat with a Reference Librarian
Consultations - For in-depth research assistance, email your subject librarian liaison. https://libguides.brooklyn.cuny.edu/prf.php
Library Instruction - For previously scheduled/confirmed Library Instruction sessions, librarians and class instructors can coordinate. Otherwise coordinate with the Library Liaison for your dept. The list of liaisons is here. https://libguides.brooklyn.cuny.edu/prf.php and our guide for online library instruction is here https://libguides.brooklyn.cuny.edu/continuity.
Loaner Equipment - The Library loaner equipment is now all loaned out. The equipment should not be returned until the Library re-opens. We will post here when the Library re-opens.
Library Technology questions - If you have a question related to Library information technologies, submit your question using this form, and don’t forget to include a valid email address. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
Interlibrary Loan services are restricted to digital material at this time, please use the ILLiad form. Loan requests of physical items are not possible.
Please note: Automated processes are continuing so please ignore any automated overdue notices.
Watch this space for future developments . . . Question? Ask us! email@example.com.
Scanned book chapters and article .pdfs can be uploaded to course BlackBoard sites. Instructors are able to upload material to Blackboard on their own.
Fair Use and Copyright
Copyright experts have put together this guidance, Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research, on fair use during the pandemic.
Link to Articles and Books in OneSearch.
Link directly to items in databases that include the EZ-Proxy Authentication URL:
Link directly to a resource in a library database that does not automatically include the EZ-Proxy URL
Please check the College's Book & Device Return Policy for dates when materials can be returned to campus.
Please ship your books and device via UPS or USPS Priority with tracking to:
c/o Device & Book Returns;
2900 Bedford Avenue;
Brooklyn, NY 11210
After shipping, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes your CUNYFirst EMPL ID and the BRO or Barcode Number that is affixed to the device or book. This will facilitate the tracking and processing of your device.
Fines - All books and items taken out or that are due during this COVID-19 time period (March 11th forward) will not accumulate fines. All fines levied from before the COVID-19 time period (March 10th and before) will stand.
For Circulation or Reserves Questions/Issues email CircDesk@brooklyn.cuny.edu or call 718-951-5328.
If you have a library registration and/or transcript block, please email Bridget Nowicki BNowicki@brooklyn.cuny.edu or call 718-951-5328 with the following information:
Your name, emplid #, and date of birth.
The Brooklyn College Library on-site print Reserves collection will not be available due to limited access to the Library building and the four-day quarantine period for circulating print materials which aligns with CUNY’s COVID-19 best practices through the Fall 2020 semester.
Library faculty will assist you in exploring options for alternatives to the print Reserve collection. Your subject librarian (https://libguides.brooklyn.cuny.edu/prf.php) can assist you with identifying textbook and/or course material alternatives that will be zero cost for your students through:
As well, you can create an Online Reserve Packet by posting individual book chapters or excerpts and scanned copies of content to your Blackboard course or other course site, subject to copyright limitiations.
Unfortunately, commercial textbook publishers consistently don’t offer electronic purchasing options for libraries. Many existing course textbooks are simply unavailable to any library regardless of budget in formats other than print.
The following publishers will not permit us to purchase an eTextbook version of their publications:
This means that for courses adopting textbooks by these publishers, students who do not purchase the textbook will not have any alternative access to textbook content at this time.