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Brooklyn College Library COVID-19 Continuity of Services Plan: Home


BC Library along with all the libraries of CUNY continue to offer digital services and an abundance of 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  


Open Hours - The Library building is currently closed until further notice.

Virtual Reference Service Summer Hours - Monday and Thursday 9am-6pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 9am-9pm, Friday 9-5. Library faculty and staff will be monitoring Questionpoint chat reference and e-mail accounts to answer your questions. for Chat or links to individual librarian emails. Chat reference service is available 24/7 staffed by coop librarians.

Library Facility issues - The Library building is currently closed until further notice. 

Bar Code Activation 

Student ID cards have a bar code on the back. Bar code activation is required for signing into OneSearch.  If  a student does not have a number on their ID Card a number can be assigned. If a student does not have a physical ID card but their record is active, the library can still assign a Barcode Number for them to use.  Instruct users to send the name, EMPLID # and barcode to 

Your “OneSearch” BC Library account - Go to the BC Library website and choose the “OneSearch” tab, then click on the grey “Search” button. Inside OneSearch, click on the “Sign in” link. Get into your account by using your Library ID barcode number from the back of your BC ID. Unless you previously changed it, your password is also your Library ID barcode number. Here is an example of a Library Barcode on the back of your BC ID:


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.

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. and our guide for online library instruction is here



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 


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!  


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. 

I. Locating Articles and Books for E-Reserves.

  •  Permalink from OneSearch:

1. Locate an online article or ebook in OneSearch.

2. Select and copy the Permalink to that record

3. Place the permalink in your course site - students will be directed to authenticate if they try to access they resources while they are off campus.

  • Permalink from EBSCO and some other databases:

4. Locate an online article or ebook in most EBSCO databases.

5. Select and copy the Permalink to that record that includes the EZProxy URL (see below)

6. Place the permalink in your course site - students will be directed to authenticate if they try to access they resources while they are off campus.

  • Link directly to a resource in a library database such as JSTOR or Ebook Central

1. Locate the stable URL to the article or ebook in the item record.

2. NB: in some publisher websites (eg: Sage, Wiley) you can use the URL that appears in the address bar of the browser to link back to the article. 

3. Add the EZProxy URL to any article link for off-campus access. The EZProxy prefix is Thus the link to Academic Search Premier would look like this:,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph


UPDATED: JUNE 16, 2020

Existing Device and Library Book Return Policy

We are extending and adding additional dates for the return of your device or library book to campus.

Devices and books can be returned to the West End Building on the following dates and times:


The WEB building will be available for in-person returns from 9am -12pm: 

Thursday June 25th
Friday June 26th
Saturday June 27th

Thursday, July 9th
Friday, July 10th
Saturday, July 11th


By Mail

Please ship your books and device via UPS or USPS Priority with tracking to:

Brooklyn College 
c/o Device & Book Returns 
2900 Bedford Avenue 
Brooklyn, NY 11210 


After shipping, send an email to 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. Additional dates for in-person returns in June and July will be announced soon.

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 or call 718-951-5328.


If you have a library registration and/or transcript block, please email  Bridget Nowicki or call 718-951-5328 with the following information:

Your name, emplid #, and date of birth.


Due to the COVID -19 crisis, many publishers have suspended paywalls for electronic resources. Please contact Prof. Miriam Deutch to determine if your print edition currently on Reserve is now available electronically.