Thank you to everyone who took our library feedback survey at the end of the Spring semester. We opened the survey on April 17 and received 151 responses as of this blog posting. We saw some of what we expected among the survey responses and we also saw some surprises. The responses came from a self-selecting group who were willing to follow QR codes to our online survey. The survey was not designed to reveal how the entire Hunter College community uses our libraries. We asked to hear from you, and you obliged. So we are sharing some of what we heard:

Your number 1 reason to visit the library is to study.

We were happy to see that the library stands for studying among this group of survey takers. This tendency to view the library as a place for study may explain some of the most frequently left comments. More on that further down.

Your favorite floor to visit is B1.

This floored us (Ha?). We know that B1 receives its share of visitors, but we did not know that they were such passionate survey-takers. Note that this does not mean that B1 is overall the most popular floor among all our library users. It just means that most of our survey-takers, for whatever reason, happened to spend most of their time on this quiet floor full of book cases.

Your top concerns are noise, outlets, and seating.  

We might have guessed something similar based on what we hear at our service desks. Only a small group of survey takers left additional comments, so we want to be cautious about interpreting these results. We plan to follow up to hear more about how significant these issues are for our library visitors in the coming academic year.

Still want to leave us feedback? We are leaving the survey open through the end of this academic year. We would love to hear from you:

Posted Tuesday, May 16, 2023 - 3:43pm under surveys.

Hunter College Libraries invites you to check out Yorescape through June 30th, 2023. 

This new resource, available on a trial basis, allows users to explore curated, 3D virtual tours of the world’s great cultural heritage sites. Choose from tours of the Acropolis, the Roman Forum, and more! 3D modelling allows you to use your phone, computer, or VR device to explore these sites as they were thousands of years ago. Tours are also accompanied by historical information from expert historians and archaeologists. 

Yorescape is available on the library's Database List, under "Trial Products."

Try it out, and let us know what you think!

Image attribution: "Flyover Zone Launches Yorescape 1.0." Flyover Zone Blog. June 21, 2022.

Posted Monday, May 15, 2023 - 5:13pm under .

It's finals time!  To help you prepare, the Cooperman Library at the Hunter Main Campus will offer special extended hours from Friday, May 12 through Tuesday, May 23. See the library’s extended hours below.  

  • Friday 5/12: 8:00am- 11:00pm 
  • Saturday 5/13: 11:00am-11:00pm 
  • Sunday 5/14: Opens at 11:00am 
  • Monday 5/15- Thursday 5/18: Open Continuously (24 Hours) 
  • Thursday 5/18: Closes at 2:00am (next day) 
  • Friday 5/19: 8:00am- 11:00pm 
  • Saturday 5/20: 11:00am-11:00pm 
  • Sunday 5/21: 11:00am- 10:00pm 
  • Monday 5/22: 8:00am- 2:00am (next day) 
  • Tuesday 5/23: 8:00am- 10:00pm

For hours at library branches other than the main campus, please see here. Good luck with your finals! 


Image: Students Studying The Wistarion, p. 143, 1973, Archives & Special Collections, Hunter College Libraries, Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York City. For more information:

Posted Monday, May 15, 2023 - 2:21pm under .

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? Observation of Mental Health Awareness Month in May began in 1949, and is supported by Mental Health America, federal and state governments, and many more organizations. This year, Mental Health America is asking us to “Look Around, Look Within.” The organization suggests that we consider the many internal and external factors that affect our mental health.  

That said, perhaps it is no coincidence that Mental Health Awareness Month coincides with final exams. This is a stressful time for students, and the library urges you to take breaks, prioritize sleep, and take advantage of services available to you through the Hunter College Counselling Center.  

Also, check out the various eBooks available to help you practice mindfulness, understand anxiety, and more:  

Anxiety happens book cover Attention Beyond Mindfulness book cover  Freedom from anxious thoughts book cover  Mindfulness and meditation book cover  Pocket therapy for anxiety book cover  The Worry Trick book cover

For more books on these topics, search the collection using OneSearch, or ask a librarian for help!

Cover Image Credit: Hunter College Fish Eye Lens View, The Wistarion, p. 1, 1998, Archives & Special Collections, Hunter College Libraries, Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York City. For more

Posted Monday, May 8, 2023 - 2:45pm under .

Please join us on Wednesday, April 26 from 2:30- 4:00pm for our annual Library Day event, to be held in person this year in the Cooperman Library, 5th Floor. Falling during National Library Week, Library Day is a chance to celebrate the services and staff of the library as well as the students and faculty who we support.  

For this year's program, we are excited to announce the following:

  • Opening remarks by John Pell, Interim Chief Librarian
  • Featured speaker, President Jennifer Raab
  • Award presentation and panel discussion featuring the winners of this year's Student Research Papers contest
  • Award winner announcement for the Libraries Sticker Design contest
  • and more

We hope to see you on April 26!


Posted Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - 1:22pm under .

We were overwhelmed by the response to the first HCL Sticker Design Contest! Student designers submitted a variety of fun, informative, and original designs to represent Hunter College Libraries. Three finalists have been selected, and now it's up to the Hunter College community to vote for the winning design. 

Three numbered sticker design finalists

Click here to vote for your favorite sticker design! Voting will close at 11:45pm on Monday, April 24th, and the winning design will be announced on Wednesday April 26th, at Library Day!

Voting is only open to the Hunter College Community (students, staff, faculty), and limited to one vote per person. 

Posted Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 12:54pm under .

Have you dreamed of seeing your very own design in print? HCL needs YOU to help us design a 2023 libraries sticker. All Hunter students are encouraged to submit a sticker design by April 16th. Finalists will be voted on, and the winning sticker will be announced on April 26th at Library Day 2023, and professionally printed! Visit this guide for submission instructions and the chance to have your design printed for the Hunter College Community!

Posted Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - 11:18am under .

We have a trial of a new database called Ethnic Diversity Source through April 30, 2023. You can find it at this link, and when you click the database name, you will be asked to log in with your Hunter NetID and password if you are off-campus:

Offered on the familiar EBSCO platform, "This full-text database is a dedicated resource covering the culture, traditions, social treatment and lived experiences of different ethnic groups in America. It provides full text from a growing list of sources including peer-reviewed journals, magazines, e-books, biographies and primary source documents." 

In addition to the above, the database includes "Research Starters," which are topic overviews to get students started with research on a variety of topics. These general overviews provide background information as well as definitions of key terms and concepts, and bibliographies for further reading.

Try it out today and let us know what you think!

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 12:40pm under databases, trials.

Need help with finding resources through the Library? Have a research question? Wondering if you can use the Library to study? Hunter Librarians are available to meet with you, remotely or in person, to help answer these kinds of questions.

While we have always been available to students in person and through our Ask A Librarian chat service, Librarians are also here to help through one-on-one research consultations. We can meet with you through Zoom, in person, or over the phone to help you with any part of your research process. Think of this the same way you might meet with your professor during office hours, or seek help from a Writing Center tutor - only we're here to help with your research.

You can use this service as many times as you need to while you are a Hunter student. To schedule an appointment, simply visit the Help tab on the Library website and select Ask a Librarian from the drop-down menu. Once you are there, choose "Schedule a Research Consultation" and fill out the online form so we can pair you with a Librarian who is best suited to help you with your questions and can match your desired time to meet, even during evening and weekend hours.

Help is only a click away! We look forward to meeting with you! 


Posted Monday, March 13, 2023 - 3:40pm under ask a librarian, help, research help.

March is Women's History Month, and Hunter College History IS Women's History. Here are a few notable Hunter Women, with links to a selection of books and ebooks available in the Hunter College Libraries:

Bella Abzug - lawyer, activist, organizer

cover of Bella Abzug, One Tough Broad

Bella! : Ms. Abzug Goes to Washington by Bella Abzug

Gender Gap: Bella Abzug's guide to political power for women  by Bella Abzug

Bella Abzug: an oral history  by Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom

Ruby Dee - activist, actress, writer

cover of My One Good Nerve by Ruby Dee

My One Good Nerve: rhythms, rhymes, reasons by Ruby Dee

Two Ways to Count to Ten: a Liberian folk tale  by Ruby Dee

Tower to Heaven  by Ruby Dee

Audre Lorde - activist, feminist, poet

cover of I am Your Sister by Audre Lorde

I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde edited by Rudolph P. Byrd, Johnetta B. Cole, and Beverly Guy-Sheftall

Zami, a new spelling of my name by Audre Lorde

Warrior Poet: a biography of Audre Lorde by Alexis De Veaux

Pauli Murray - priest, activist, lawyer

cover of Song in a Weary Throat by Pauli Murray

Song in a weary throat : an American pilgrimage by Pauli Murray

Proud Shoes: the story of an American Family by Pauli Murray

The firebrand and the First Lady: portrait of a friendship. Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the struggle for social justice by Patricia Bell-Scott


Featured Image: Section Presidents of Class of 1902

The Wistarion, Pg. 20, 1902, Archives & Special Collections, Hunter College Libraries, Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York City.

Posted Wednesday, March 1, 2023 - 9:00am under women's history, Hunter College, women's history month.