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New York City History

This is a basic guide to available sources for the study of New York City history.

Books on New York City History

Books in OneSearch

You can expand your search to seeing what is in "all CUNY" libraries, yet the example below shows when you just search for a print book that is on the shelves at Hunter's libraries. Also note this example shows a book that is at the Silberman campus, on E 119 and Third Avenue. 

As long as it's a "regular loan" book that is in the "stacks" (the shelves), you can request a print book from another CUNY library. 

Note the call number (the location of the book) and look up where the first letter (H, in this case) corresponds to the floor maps in the library. Be sure the location corresponds with the branch library (Cooperman; Silberman; Zabar Art Library; Health Professions Library). 

For info about other CUNY libraries, go here.


You can limit your search to both full e-books as well as e-book chapters.  The following example is just searching e-books at Hunter but you can also try expanding your search to all of CUNY. Note that Hunter students do not necessarily have access to all e-books available at other CUNY libraries.

Locating Print Books or Browsing the Library's History Collection

When you find a book you want, be sure to note the call number, which will tell you where the book is located on the shelf.

If you want to browse the collection, History books in the library are located on Floors B1, 4:

You can browse by topic using the following call numbers:


History of the Americas (America, United States)
History of the Americas (United States Local History, British America, Dutch America, French America, Latin America, Spanish America)

Request Books From Another CUNY Library (CLICS)

If Hunter doesn't have the book you need, but another CUNY library does, you have two options:

  1. Go to the another CUNY library and check out the book.
  2. Order the book to be delivered to Hunter via CLICS.

The system of borrowing books from another CUNY library is called CLICS. It usually takes 3-5 business days to receive a book after you submit your request. If you're in a hurry, it may be faster to go to the CUNY library with the book and check it out in person.

To use CLICS or to access another CUNY library in person, please first make sure that your card has been activated.

**NOTE: This only applies to REGULAR LOAN print books, not items on Reserve.

Request Books from a Non-CUNY Library (ILL)

If Hunter doesn't have the book you need and it's not at another CUNY library, there are still other ways of accessing it.

First, check if the New York Public Library has your book. If not, search WorldCat to see if any local libraries have a copy. If the book is available locally, talk to a librarian about requesting access to the library that has it. If not, you can request the book via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

You can access ILL HERE or via the library website:

interlibrary loan (ill)

You will need to know your NetID to access ILL, and the first time you log in, you will need to create an account:

create ILL account

Once your account is set up, you can submit a request:

ill request

To request a book, select "New Request: Book" and fill in the required information:

If the book is available, it will be sent to Hunter and you will receive an e-mail when it is available to be picked up at the Circulation Desk.

You can also use ILL for full articles, chapters, and some AV materials.