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BC Privileges at Other Libraries: Area Libraries & Library Catalogs

NYC-Area Libraries

Brooklyn Public Library

Search the library catalog.

City University of New York Libraries

Search books, journals, videos, recordings, and other library holdings at Brooklyn College and all CUNY libraries with the CUNY libraries catalog. You may also be interested in the interactive map of all the CUNY libraries. It provides you with personalized directions (driving, walking, and mass transit) to each library.

Columbia University Libraries

Search CLIO, the library catalog for Columbia University.


The Brooklyn College Library belongs to METRO, a New York regional cooperative with over 250 member libraries, including most major research libraries in the area.  For a membership directory, click here.

Thanks to METRO, the Brooklyn College Library can provide you with occasional on-site access to these collections when your research requires.  In addition to the four public library systems in the region, some private libraries with specialized collections may be open to the public.  Other libraries are open only under restricted circumstances with a referral from your campus library.  There is an agreement among libraries to grant limited access to private collections for researchers who need materials not found in public institutions.

A METRO card referral in issued by a reference librarian for the use, at a private university such as NYU or Columbia, of a specific book or journal that is not attainable at CUNY, through ILL, or in the public library.  Under another METRO agreement, under very special circumstances, a subject collection may be consulted for a short period.  A METRO referral does not allow the borrowing of the material.  The length of time that a researcher may utilize the material is determined by the host library.  For policies of individual libraries, please consult the library's web site.

New York Public Library

Search the catalogs of the branch and research libraries.

New York University

Search BobCat, the library catalog for NYU.

Online Library Catalogs in the NYC Area

Direct links to catalogs for academic, cultural, law, medical, public, and school libraries within 50 miles of the New York City metropolitan area.

Queens Library

Search the catalog of the Queens Public Library from any page of the website, or perform an advanced search.


WALDO is a consortium of academic, public, hospital, and special libraries in Westchester County and New York City. Access member library websites from the member directory.

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