Visitors who are not part of the Hunter College community should consult COVID-19 Registration and Upload Guide for Visitors, Contractors and Vendors. Access to the Libraries falls under Public Safety campus access regulations.
Access and borrowing privileges at the Hunter College Libraries are limited to CUNY students, faculty, and staff. 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.
*Alumni with Hunter ID can enter the library. For information about borrowing privileges, see the Circulation FAQ. Alumni without a Hunter ID should visit the Office of Alumni Relations for information before coming to the library.
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.
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 and staff 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 thel 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.
||Hunter Databases||CLICS||Hunter ILL
|Hunter Grad Students||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|College Now Students at Hunter
||Yes||On-site use only||No||No||No|
|Hunter Continuing Education Students
||Yes (Hunter only)||On-site use only||No||No||No|
|CUNY Students and Faculty||Yes||On-site use only||Yes||No||No|
|Non-CUNY Affiliates||Yes||On-site use only||No||No||No|
||Yes*||On-site use only||No||No||No|
|Hunter High School Students||Yes*||No||No||No|
*For details see Borrowing Privileges on the Circulation FAQ/Policies page.
Library Access Guidelines
Valid Hunter ID
|Hunter Faculty||Valid Hunter ID|
|Hunter Staff||Valid Hunter ID|
|Hunter Alumni*||Visit the Office of Alumni Relations|
|Hunter IELI Students||Valid IELI card (check date)|
|Hunter HS Students
Hunter Science HS
|Valid Hunter HS ID
Valid Hunter Science HS ID
|Hunter Continuing Education Students
||Valid Hunter ID|
|College Now Students||Valid Hunter ID|
|CUNY Students, Faculty, Staff||Valid ID from other CUNY school|
|Alumni from Other CUNY Schools||No access privileges|
|Empire State Students and Faculty||Valid Empire State ID card|
|Council on Foreign Relations||Pink or White card issued by Hunter College Library|
|Russel Sage Foundation||Pink or White card issued by Hunter College Library|
|Non-CUNY Users||Yellow or blue METRO (Metropolitian New York Library Council) card only
No access for the general public without this
|Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños||All users requesting use of the Centro must be admitted to that library|
|Guests of the Library||White card issued by the Hunter College Library (check date)|
|Researching in the Archives||By appointment only through Research Request Form|
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.