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). If you find a book using OneSearch that Hunter doesn't have, sgn in with your library barcode (located on the back of your student ID/OneCard) to request the book. See our Circulation FAQs for more info.
InterLibrary Loan (ILL) allows you to request books, book chapters, articles, dissertations, and theses that are not available at Hunter. This is especially helpful when conducting literature reviews.
The ILL link can be found on the Libraries home page under the Services menu:
Once you are logged in to the ILL system, using your Hunter email address and password, you will be asked to fill in a form. If you have never used ILL before you will have to fill in profile information to set up an account. Then you will be taken to a form for the item you are requesting: book, chapter or article.
The more detailed and accurate your information, the more quickly and efficiently the ILL staff can process your request. Be sure to double-check your citation and include things like publication date, volume and issue number if you have them.
If you have the slightest inkling that you might use a particular source, REQUEST IT! You can always send things back or discard them if you don't use them. It is far better to have more options than not enough.
When you are searching in our databases for articles and you click on the "Find it!" button to track down the full text, you may come upon this screen:
If you click on the "Request item via Interlibrary Loan" link, you will be taken directly to the ILL login screen. After logging in, the request form will magically be populated with the data from the citation for the article you are requesting. It's best to double-check that it is accurate, but it will save you a few minutes.