Observed on December 1st since 1988, the global theme for World AIDS Day 2021 is “End Inequalities.  End AIDS. End Pandemics”.   While our community continues to fight Covid, this is a good reminder that nearly 1,190,000 people in the United States are living with HIV, about 87% of whom are aware of their HIV status, and to date approximately 700,000 Americans have died from AIDS.

Advocacy, education, and awareness are powerful weapons in the fight against AIDS as we can see from the tremendously successful prevention and treatment strategies that are readily available, effective, and improving all the time.     

Check out some of these links:

World Health Organization World AIDS Day 2021: End inequalities. End AIDS

World AIDS Day 2021 Rock the Ribbon Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice

Centers for Disease Control World AIDS Day Toolkit

Centers for Disease Control HIV/AIDS Fact Sheets


And check out some of these books (from the Hunter Libraries):

And the Band Played On

Love Don’t Need a Reason

Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present

Encyclopedia of AIDS

The indomitable spirit : photographers and artists respond to the time of AIDS


Posted Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 11:30am under .

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints is the premier online resource covering today's hottest social issues, such as global warming and climate change, immigration, marijuana, and many other topics. This cross-curricular resource supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Use of these informed, differing views helps develop critical-thinking skills.

Opposing Viewpoints is a rich resource and includes viewpoints, reference articles, infographics, news, images, video, audio, and more.

Hunter College community access provided via this Hunter College Libraries’ database page:

(scroll down for “Opposing Viewpoints”)

Posted Friday, November 12, 2021 - 3:29pm under databases.

Extra!   Extra!

Do you know that news sources can be really useful for your research projects? News sources are written for the general public, which means they can be easier to read and understand than an in-depth academic article about a topic. And news sources often report about academic research, so using news sources can be a way to gather some background information on a topic that you are just learning about before you dive into the deep end of academic and peer reviewed journals. 

At the Hunter College Libraries, we offer access to a wide array of news resources. In our Databases menu, select the “Type” filter and choose “News and Newspapers,” or just follow this link: 

The list includes historical newspapers as well as current, up-to-date news sources from mainstream and alternative media outlets. Read the descriptions and choose the best one for your needs! 

Remember that you can also claim two FREE online newspaper accounts of your own with your Hunter email address. Details can be found at this link:

 Image credit: 
"The Newsboy." Illustrated London News, 4 Jan. 1862, p. 32. The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

Posted Friday, October 29, 2021 - 4:13pm under news, newspapers.

We love to see you taking your online classes in our libraries. When you are, please note the noise policies of our locations and adjust your class participation so that you do not disturb others studying around you. We do not currently have Zoom installed on the library computers, so bring your own device if you are planning on using the Zoom app.

If you are in a Group study location, like the 4th, 6th, and 7th floors of our Cooperman Library, you may use your mic and speakers to participate in class- although we encourage you try to keep your volume down.

If you are on a Quiet study location- like the 3rd floor of Cooperman, or the Social Work & Public Health Library, or the Health Professions library, you should use headphones- not your device's speakers. You may participate via your mic as long as you use your "library voice" (like an "inside voice" but quieter) and are not speaking often or for a very long time.

If you are on a Silent study location, like the 1st through B2 levels of Cooperman or the Zabar Art Library, that means no mics, no speakers- only headphones and keyboard participation.

We know that online classes at Hunter offer many options for participation and we hope you find a space in our libraries that is a good match for your class participation style. We will be keeping an eye our spaces to see that they are meeting online class participation needs. If you are having trouble finding a space to match your needs, please stop by one of our service desks to let us know about it, drop in our chat channel, or send us an email.

If you are looking for a space outside of the libraries, the following rooms are designated for full-mic class participation:

•Main Cafeteria, Room: 303 West Building   
•Grateful Auditor Lounges, West Building next to escalators on floors 3-7   
•Digital Café - 3rd floor East Building   
•Game Room – Thomas Hunter Room 205   
•Thomas Hunter Room 208   
•Thomas Hunter Room 209   
•West Building Room 522   
•North building, C- Level, Room 103   
•North building, C- Level, Room 106   
•Thomas Hunter Building Room 104   
•Sidney Miller Lounge, West Building, 7th Floor Lounge across from Room 714   
•Private Study Rooms Silberman School of Social Work Library ( 2180 3rd Avenue)   
•Silberman School of Social Work Rooms: 215, 318    
•Silberman School of Social Work Computer Labs - C05 and C09

Posted Friday, September 3, 2021 - 5:17pm under study spaces.

As Hunter Libraries look to ramp up our in-person services, we will look to student employees to help Hunter students and faculty obtain the information they need for their research and studies. As one of the largest student employers on campus, Hunter Libraries offer opportunities to learn about the variety of information resources and services that libraries provide and to practice communication, helping, and computer skills. If you are interested in joining a campus workplace that is friendly, flexible, and educational, please let us know by filling out our online form linked under "Student Employment" in the footer of our website. Hope to see you in our libraries!

Posted Friday, August 6, 2021 - 2:51pm under .

image above of the ADA logo in blue and white

Today, July 26, 2021, marks the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. What is the ADA?

"The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else." 


You can learn a lot more about the ADA, including participation in training, on the ADA National Network site, as well as searching for information in our library resources via OneSearch.

Posted Monday, July 26, 2021 - 2:29pm under ADA.

Kanopy is one of the many streaming video databases you have access to thorugh the Hunter College Libraries. All you need is your NetID and password, and you can access any of our online resources, any time, anywhere you have an internet connection. 

Below is an image of a few titles you can watch right now. or you can click through the Kanopy link, log in, and browse for yourself.

tiled display of some films available on Kanopy from Hunter College Libraries

Posted Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 9:29am under kanopy, video, streaming.

It feels like we're constantly under heat and air quality advisories these days. Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer! What an odd expression. Did you ever wonder where it came from?

"What are the 'dog days' of summer?

The 'dog days' of summer comprise a period of extremely hot, humid, and sultry weather that traditionally occurs in the northern hemisphere in July and August (traditionally, the days run from July 3 through August 11). The term comes from the dog star, Sirius, in the constellation Canis Major. At this time of year, Sirius, the brightest visible star in the sky, rises in the east at the same time as the Sun. Ancient Egyptians believed that the heat of this brilliant star added to the Sun's heat to create hotter weather. Sirius was blamed for everything from the withering droughts to sickness to the discomfort that occurred during this time.

Hile, Kevin. "Weather fundamentals." The Handy Weather Answer Book, 2nd ed., Visible Ink Press, 2009, p. 1+. The Handy Answer Book Series. Gale General OneFile, Accessed 15 July 2021. (NetID/password login required)

Wikipedia dives a little deeper, citing some classical references to the dog days in Homer. So it's not a modern phenomenon - it's something that has been noted, written about, and suffered through by humans for centuries. 

You can also find lots of advice and recommendations for everything from home furnishings to remedies to try during the hottest days of summer, as well as cool, shady places to visit, in the New York Times Historical database (NetID/password login required) going back to the 1850s.

Image of an advertisement for Hood's Sarsaparilla from an 1884 issue of the New York Times


Luckily, in NYC we can take advantage of the free public pools, or the many city-wide cooling centers to cool off a bit during the dog days of summer. However you choose to do it, we hope you are staying cool and we look forward to seeing you this fall!


Lead image: Hunter College Swimming Pool

The Wistarion, p. 50, 1969, Archives & Special Collections, Hunter College Libraries, Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York City.

Advertisement from the New York Times Historical database: "Display Ad 5 -- no Title." New York Times (1857-1922), Oct 28, 1884, pp. 8. ProQuest,

Posted Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 9:45am under .

OneSearch, the main search box on the Libraries' website, is a great place to begin your research. Watch this short video for an introduction to OneSearch Basics and learn about some of the tools and features that can help you find what you need.

Posted Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 9:35am under onesearch.

Image of Statue of Liberty by William Warby on Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Celebrate National Immigrant Heritage month by learning more about the heritage of fellow students. Search OneSearch for print books and online resources.


OneSearch Latinx AND heritage

Until the Hunter College Libraries reopen and you can browse the shelves yourself, you can request books to pick up from the Cooperman Library or the Zabar Art Library using the Book Request Form. Remember to follow the Hunter College General Safety Guidelines before picking up your book(s).


The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus

November 2, 1883

Posted Saturday, June 26, 2021 - 11:43am under immigrant, heritage.