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New Student Guide to the Hunter College Libraries

A quick guide to get you familiar with what we have to offer.


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Library Essentials

Your Hunter College ID Card is Your OneCard
Use your Hunter ID Card (OneCard) to check out books, print, make photocopies, pay fines, or access your library account. For more info go to and

Library Hours Vary Each Semester
Hours vary at individual libraries throughout the semesters. Go to our Hours page for the latest information, or call 212-772-4179 for Main Library hours. Also look for hours posted on bulletin boards and on electronic displays in the libraries.

Laptop, Tablet, and iPad Loans
You can borrow laptop computers for personal use in all the Hunter Libraries. The Main Library offers loan periods of 3 hours or 1 day. The branch libraries offer 3-hour loans only. Check the Laptop Loan Information page and the iPad page for policies and more details.

Charging Stations for Laptops and Devices
Need power? The Main Library offers Charging Stations for all your electronic devices. Just remember to be courteous when using your devices and keep the volume down! Charging Stations are located on Floors 2, 3 and 4 of the Main Library. You can also borrow a charging pod for multiple devices as well as all these other non-book things.

Wireless Internet: Library-wide Access

All of the Hunter College Libraries have wireless Internet access. Bring your own laptop or borrow one of ours! Learn more at Hunter ICIT's Wireless Network Help page.

Accessible Library Services
All the Libraries provide computers with adaptive software, as well as wheelchair-accessible workstations and Study Rooms. Visit the 
Students with Disabilities page for  for more info.

Extended Library Hours During Finals
During final exams, the Libraries offer extended study hours, sometimes even staying open 24 hours! Check the Library Hours page as finals approach.

Job Opportunities for Students
Want a job at the Library? Stop by the Administration Office on Floor 2 of the Main Library to fill out an application or find further information and the application form here.

More Library Services

Finding Books and Other Materials
How to find materials in the Libraries


Use OneSearch to Find Books, Videos, and More
OneSearch is a tool that allows you to discover all materials held by Hunter College Libraries and other CUNY schools.

Request Books from Other CUNY Schools
Need a book that Hunter doesn’t own? You can request and borrow books from other CUNY schools using CUNY Libraries Inter-Campus Service (CLICS). See our Circulation FAQs for more info.

Find Your Course Materials "On Reserve"
Sometimes professors will place specific course materials “on reserve.” Materials may be on electronic reserve (eRes) or physically at the Library. Learn more about reserves at the eRes/Course Reserves page.

Remote Access to Library Resources
You can access our electronic resources online at anytime and from any computer. All you need is an Internet connection and a valid Hunter email address. Find out more about access from home.



Finding Textbooks
How to find textbooks "on reserve" or elsewhere


For textbooks reserved for your class...
Search Electronic Course Reserves (eRes).
Visit and click the Reserves tab in the search box. Your professor may have reserved textbooks for your class. Not all classes have textbooks on reserve.

For textbooks that the Library owns...
Search CUNY+.

Visit and click the Books tab in the search box. You can search for any textbooks including older editions. The Library does not have copies of all textbooks.

For textbooks that the Library does NOT own...
Search other CUNY Libraries in CUNY+.

Visit and click the Books tab in the search box. Select CUNY+ Advanced Search and select a library in the “Select library” drop-down menu, and search for your book. Books requested from other CUNY libraries should arrive at Hunter within 72 hrs.

NOTE: If a book is on reserve at another CUNY library, you may not be able to borrow it. Please call the appropriate library to find out. Hunter undergraduates are not allowed to borrow books from the CUNY Law Library.

Alternatively, you can search a public library.
A public library may have the textbook you are looking for.

If you need help with finding textbooks, visit the Reference Desk on Floor 3 of the Main Library, or Ask-A-Librarian.


Get research and reference help 24 hours/7 days a week.

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Call us (212)772-4187

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Schedule a consultation
Schedule a research consultation

Go to the Ask-A-Librarian page for more information.

Library Hours

Library Hours

Each library operates on a different schedule, so be sure to check the hours page for information specific to the library of interest.

Library hours change throughout the semester. We are open longer hours during finals to accommodate your study needs so please check our site regularly.

Library Blog for News & Updates

Library News

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