Never lend your ID card to another person, since you are responsible for all usage made on the card.
Faculty may designate a "proxy borrower." For information about this, contact the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor, via CircDesk@brooklyn.cuny.edu, or at (718) 951-5335.
With activated IDs (see the Circulation Desk), the following groups of Brooklyn College or CUNY patrons may borrow Library materials:
Students and faculty from member institutions of Academic Libraries of Brooklyn, Faculty spouses, Cont. and Adult Ed., Brooklyn College Academy, and College NOW may also borrow material from the Brooklyn College Library.
NOTE: For a complete list, please visit our Patron Privileges page.
Brooklyn College books may be renewed up to three times. Books are renewable in person or online. Books are not renewable by telephone or mail.
Books may not be renewed if:
All CUNY circulating material (that is not overdue) may be renewed online:
(If you have never used the Brooklyn College Library, please go to the Circulation Desk and ask to have your patron record activated before attempting to log-on.)
When you are in your patron record, you may renew charged out material:
When you are finished looking at your record, click on End Session or Logout (at the top).
In the Brooklyn College Library, books are checked out and renewed at either the Music Desk on the 2nd floor or Circulation Desk. In order to renew your book(s) in person, you must have a valid CUNY ID card. You must also be able to identify the specific book(s) for renewal.
For other reader categories, see Categories of Patrons. You may also contact the Circulation desk on the 1st floor, via CircDesk@brooklyn.cuny.edu, or at (718) 951-5335.
Materials from any CUNY library that circulate for regular loan periods can be returned to any CUNY library. You do not need to go back to the library from which you borrowed the item(s).
NOTE: Special loan items (e.g., reserve and interlibrary loan items) must be returned to the library from which they were borrowed.
Library overdue fines may be paid at any CUNY Library.
If you locate the book you wish to borrow in the library catalog but find that it is charged out to another patron, you may place a "hold" on that item:
You may borrow as many books as you can read, just be sure to return them on time, or renew online through the library catalog. Books are charged out at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor or the Music Desk on the 2nd floor of the Library. They may be borrowed for:
You will receive a recall notice if the book has been requested by another patron. There will be a new due date on the recall notice. You are guaranteed a 21 day loan period if someone requests the book you have charged out.
For other reader categories, see Patron Privileges. You may also contact the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor, via CircDesk@brooklyn.cuny.edu, or at (718) 951-5335.
Loan periods for Interlibrary Loan materials may vary because they are set by the lending library.
The Brooklyn College Library is a selective depository receiving 49.12% of materials printed by the U.S. government. The Library became a depository in 1937, but our holdings go back much further than that. Our holdings from 1976 to the present are included in the library catalog. Paper indexes are available for older materials. Aside from a small collection of reference materials kept behind the service desk (on the Lower Level), the collection is shelved on open stacks. The collection includes a wide range of Congressional materials that date back to the 1800s and deal with a wide range of topics including health care, economics, foreign policy, equal rights, the environment, and education. Collection strengths include statistical information on education, health and nutrition, U.S. Census, crime and justice, historical information, maps, science, and geology.
Some non-reference print and electronic materials may be borrowed by members of the Brooklyn College community. Online resources are freely available to anyone with Internet access; you can find links to many of these resources on the Government Information subject page.
If you have any questions, please contact the Government Documents Librarian, Prof. Jane Cramer, at (718) 951-5332 or janecbrooklyn.cuny.edu
Circulating videos are charged out at the Music Service Desk on the 2nd floor. The loan period for BC students and Brooklyn College Academy (BCA) is 10 days. The loan period for all CUNY faculty is 2 weeks. Loan periods for reserve media are usually 2 hours (for in-library use only) or 3 days. Borrowing time limits are placed on materials to ensure that they are accessible to as many people as possible. Videos and DVD's may be returned to the Music Library Service Desk or the Main Circulation Desk.
Music books can be checked out at the Music Library service desk on the 2nd floor or the Circulation desk on the 1st floor. Books can be renewed online. Music scores can be checked out only at the Music Library service desk, must be renewed in person. Scores must also be returned to the Music Library service desk.
Music "reference scores" may be borrowed by BC faculty only for one week (no renewals); overdue fines are $1.00 per late day.
Faculty may inquire at the Current Periodicals Desk (718 951-5333) on the Lower Level or the Music Library Periodical collection (718 951-5844) on the 2nd floor of the Library about exceptions.
Items placed on on-site reserve by instructors — books, articles, and personal copies — may be requested at the Reserves Desk on the 1st floor of the library. In order to identify an item that is on reserve, you must check the catalog and confirm that it is available in Brooklyn Reserve.
Books on reserve are available for short periods of time. These loan periods allow many students to have access to the materials:
While Special Collections materials are non-circulating, they are available for in-Library review. For information on the access policy, please see the Brooklyn College Archives and Special Collections page.
Once a book is determined to be lost, the reader (under whose care the book was lost) is then charged for the price of the book, in addition to a $25.00 service fee. A refund, minus the $25.00 fee, is given if the book is later found.
Lost Music books, Music Scores or DVDs must be paid at the Music desk. Lost books from the general collection must be paid at the Main circulation desk.
All registration and/or transcript blocks can be removed at either the Music or Main Circulation desks.
If you have any questions, please inquire at either the Music Desk on the 2nd floor or the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor.
Material that is returned damaged may be subject to a fine or replacement charge.
A reader will be blocked from borrowing additional library materials when:
Brooklyn College students with outstanding fines or other obligations will not be able to register for their classes or to obtain transcripts.
A similar failure on the part of borrowers not affiliated with Brooklyn College may result in the suspension or revocation of borrowing privileges.
Late fines at the Brooklyn College Library are:
All overdue fines can be paid at either the Circulation or Music service desks.
For more information, see Circulation policies. You may also contact the Circulation Desk (1st floor) via CircDesk@brooklyn.cuny.edu or at (718) 951-5335. (Non-receipt of overdue notices does not exempt the borrower from overdue fees.)
If the book is recalled, it can not be renewed and must be returned by the due date stated on the Recall Notice to the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of the Library.