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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. Today's hours are featured on the library home page. Go to our Hours page for the more detailed information, or call 212-772-4179 for Cooperman 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 Libraries offer a variety of devices and loan periods. Check the Laptop Loan Information page and the iPad page for policies and more details.

Charging Stations and Outlets
Need power? All Libraries have outlets for charging devices, and some offer stand-alone charging stations. Check the Floor Plans for current locations. 

Wireless Internet: Library-wide Access
All of the Hunter College Libraries have access to HunterNet, Hunter's wireless network. 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
Do you have Federal Work Study funding? Want a job at the Library? We hire Work Study students every semester. Fill out the 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 materials held by Hunter College Libraries and other CUNY libraries.

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 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 for Course Reserves.
Visit and click the Reserves tab. Your professor may have reserved textbooks for your class. Not all classes have textbooks on reserve.

For textbooks that the Library owns...
Search OneSearch.

Visit use the OneSearch 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 OneSearch.

Visit and click the Advanced Search underneath the OneSearch box. Select the All CUNY button and search for your book. Books requested from other CUNY libraries should arrive at Hunter within a week.

NOTE: If a book is on reserve at another CUNY library, you may not be able to check it out but you can still visit to use it in the library. 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 Welcome Desk on Floor 3 of the Cooperman Library, or Ask-A-Librarian.


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

Chat with us

Email us

Call us (212)772-4187

Visit us

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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