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About the New Library Services Platform

For over a year, CUNY’s library faculty and staff have been working tirelessly to transition CUNY libraries to a new library services platform (i.e., the system in which we catalog materials, check items out to patrons, manage e-resources, and more). This new system is scheduled to go live across CUNY on Monday, August 3, 2020. It will bring many changes, most of which will be invisible to library users, but there are a few that everyone in the Brooklyn College community should know about.


OneSearch = Library catalog

All searches for books held by Brooklyn College and other CUNY libraries must be performed in OneSearch, a powerful tool that searches across books, e-books, journal articles, dissertations, encyclopedia entries, news articles, and more. When the new system goes live on August 3, 2020, a new version of OneSearch will be unveiled as well. Most of the changes will be imperceptible to users, but you may detect some subtle differences on the front end. These changes are intended to improve the user experience, and we hope they will indeed improve yours. Please bear with us as we iron out any issues that arise, and let us know if you experience any persistent problems. Note that during this period of online learning OneSearch allows you limit to online resources by selecting the Full Text Online limiter.


CUNYfirst Login for OneSearch

Login credentials for OneSearch are also changing. You will no longer log in with your library barcode number. Rather, you will log in with your CUNYfirst username and password. (Forgot your CUNYfirst credentials? Retrieve your username, or reset your password.) Barcodes aren’t going away, though: when CUNY libraries resume in-person services, you will still use your barcode to check out books.

Previously Saved Searches in OneSearch Will Disappear

Unfortunately, because of the new CUNYfirst login to OneSearch, any previously saved searches in your account will disappear. We apologize for this inconvenience. 

Changes to Permalinks

When the new system goes live, permalinks to individual records in OneSearch will change—and, unfortunately, old permalinks will break. We’d hoped this problem could be avoided, but it regrettably can’t be, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience it causes in your teaching, learning, or research. You will be able to find an item’s new permalink by performing a search for the item in OneSearch after August 3, 2020.


OneSearch = E-Journals Finder

As of August 3, 2020, our E-Journals Finder will be decommissioned and OneSearch will serve as the platform within which to search for e-journal holdings and subscriptions. Click on the Journals search on the Library's website to determine whether the Library subscribes to a particular journal. OneSearch includes both print and electronic holdings for a given journal.

OneSearch Does Not Search All of Our Databases

OneSearch does not include all items from all library databases, or all search features found in other databases. Therefore, when you need to dive deep into disciplinary literature or carefully craft an advanced search, you may favor our individual databases. Also, consult WorldCat to find books not held by CUNY libraries.


We encourage you to reach out to your subject librarian if you have any questions.