Library Access

Access and borrowing privileges at the Hunter College Libraries are limited to CUNY students, faculty, and staff, and to Hunter College alumni. Due to limited resources, we cannot accommodate students and faculty from other universities and colleges and members of the public. We have a reciprocity arrangement only with Empire State College students and faculty, who must show valid ID from that institution. This arrangement does not extend to other SUNY campuses.
The library does however sometimes grant access to those researchers whose libraries are members of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) and whose research needs cannot be met elsewhere.  This would afford you permission to visit the Hunter College Libraries on a limited basis and would confer on-site reading privileges only. Consult with the librarians at your college or university library or the librarians at the New York Public Library at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue.

Library Privileges
The Hunter College Libraries & CUNY subscribe to excellent sources of information not available for free on the Web. These resources can be accessed remotely by Hunter students & faculty using your Hunter NetID & password. 
CLICS (CUNY Libraries Inter-Campus Services) is a service that allows you to have books delivered from almost anywhere in the CUNY library system to the Hunter campus. Refer to the official CLICS page for more information.
ILL/ Interlibrary Loan: Hunter students and faculty gain access to materials, journal articles and books not owned by Hunter College or CUNY. Take a look at the Illiad page to make an ILL request online.
Laptop computers are available at the Reserve Desk for checkout, located at the 2nd floor of Cooperman Library and at the circulation desks of the Health Professions, Social Work, and Zabar Art Libraries. These are available to currently registered Hunter College students only. Refer to the laptop loan page for more details.
Selected Services

 Borrowing Privileges
Hunter DatabasesCLICS Hunter ILL
Laptop Loans
Hunter Students
Hunter Grad StudentsYesYesYesYesYes
Hunter College Now StudentsYesNoNoNoNo
Hunter Faculty
CUNY Students and FacultyYesOn-site use onlyYesNoNo
Hunter Alumni
YesOn-site use onlyNoNoNo
Non-CUNY AffiliatesYesOn-site use onlyNoNoNo
METRO ReferralsNoNoNoNoNo

Library Access Guidelines

Hunter Students

Current pass from Welcome Center (for current students who don't have their IDs)

Hunter College Now StudentsValid Hunter ID
Hunter FacultyValid Hunter ID
Hunter StaffValid Hunter ID
Hunter AlumniHunter Alumni Card
Hunter IELI StudentsValid IELI card (check date)
Hunter HS Students
Hunter Science HS


Valid Hunter HS ID
Valid Hunter Science HS ID

CUNY Students, Faculty, StaffValid ID from other CUNY school
Alumni from Other CUNY SchoolsNo access privileges
Empire State Students and FacultyValid Empire State ID card
Council on Foreign RelationsPink or White card issued by Hunter College Library
Russel Sage FoundationPink or White card issued by Hunter College Library
Non-CUNY UsersYellow or blue METRO (Metropolitian New York Library Council) card only
No access for the general public without this
Centro de Estudios PuertorriqueñosAll users requesting use of the Centro must be admitted to that library
Guests of the LibraryWhite card issued by the Hunter College Library (check date)

Please note that "Guests of the Library" are designated by the Librarian for Public Services. They are generally, but not exclusively, affiliates of an organization needing access for very specific research or purposes. The Library reserves the right to restrict or modify guest access.