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Transfer Student LOOP: Getting Help


Speak with a librarian if you need help with finding information. Whether you are looking for specific books and/or articles or need assistance with a research topic, stop by the Reference Desk on the first floor, where experienced librarians will help you with your research-related.

Chat with a librarian 24/7 to get remote reference assistance!


OneSearch (the big search box on the Library's homepage) is a good starting point to look for a specific book or article, or to look for a mix of books and articles on a topic.


Use a general database, such as Academic Search Complete, to find articles, both popular and scholarly/peer reviewed.

Subject-Specific Research

The Library's research guides list discipline-specific resources, including databases, journals, and web resources. To get started, visit the Library homepage, then click on Research Guides. From there, choose the discipline in which you are interested and begin your research. For further research assistance, see the Doing Research page, or see below.

Research Assistance

If you get stuck with your research when you're off campus, don't fret!  You can get assistance on the phone (718-951-5628), via email, or by live chat. To find out how, see the Ask-A-Librarian page.


The Circulation Desk, located by the entrance on the 1st floor, is where you check out, return, and renew books when the library is open. To check out books from the Library, you need your validated college ID card, and you also need to activate your barcode before you can check out material or access your patron information in OneSearch. Your barcode must be activated at the Circulation Desk.

There is no limit to the number of circulating books you can check out. Circulating books have an initial four week loan period.

Renewal of Material

Brooklyn College books may be renewed up to three times. Books are renewable in person or online. Books are not renewable by telephone or mail.

Books may not be renewed if:

  • The book has been placed on hold or recalled by another patron.
  • There is a block on your Library record. 
  • The book is more than 5 weeks overdue.
  • The renewal limit has been reached.
  • Your ID card is not registered in the Library system.

Returning Material

Materials from any CUNY library that circulate for regular loan periods can be returned to any CUNY library. You do not need to go back to the library from which you borrowed the item(s).

NOTE: Music items checked out from the Brooklyn College Library must be returned to the Music Library (2nd floor).

Late Fees

You must pay library fines to the library to which you return the item(s), which can be any CUNY library.

NOTE: Local policies governing the payment of fines vary from library to library. Check with the staff at the Circulation Desk if you have any questions.

Late fines at the Brooklyn College Library are:

  • $0.25 per day for regular loans.
  • $6.00 per hour for all Reserve loans (fees capped at $100.00).

For more information, see Circulation policies, or contact the Circulation Desk via or at (718) 951-5335. (Non-receipt of overdue notices does not exempt the borrower from overdue fees.)

New Media Center

The New Media Center oversees three large computing areas (first floor, second floor, and Lower Level). It also has well equipped media rooms appropriate for study or class sessions, the Woody Tanger Auditorium (a fully automated high capacity venue), and a large collection of media available for in-house loan.

Computing Labs

There are hundreds of PCs and a dozen Macs available to all library users. In addition to the Internet and online Library resources, these machines provide access to Microsoft Office and additional software such as statistical and graphics packages. For more information, please see the Computing Services page.

Laptop Loan

Laptops are available to students on a first come, first served basis. They are available for 1-day and 3-day loans. Laptops must be checked out from the New Media Center and returned to the New Media Center no later than 30 minutes before closing on the due date. Macbooks and iPads are available for 1-day loans, and are also checked out from, and returned to, the New Media Center.

Language Labs

The New Media Center makes available many of the same materials that are in the Language Labs on campus. For a full list of language materials available in the New Media Center, call (718) 951-5327 or email

Circulation of Media Material

Circulating videos are charged out on the 2nd floor. The loan period for BC students is 10 days. Loan periods for reserve media are usually 2 hours (for in-library use only) or 3 days. Borrowing time limits are placed on materials to ensure that they are accessible to as many people as possible. Videos and DVD's may be returned to the Music Library Service Desk or the Main Circulation Desk.

Viewing Rooms

The New Media Center also has rooms that can be reserved for group viewing/listening. For more information, contact the New Media Center at (718) 951-5327 or


If you need any kind of assistance with your research, please do not hesitate to contact the Brooklyn College Library! We are here to help you.

There are several ways to get help when you're stuck. Click here for info about emailing, calling, and chatting with us.

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