Student Technology Orientation Workshops

CUNYFirst, Hostos Email, Blackboard! Do you need your username/password to print? How do you log into the wireless network? Can you print from your own laptop? Can you read your Hostos email on your Smartphone? The answer is YES.

Come to a Technology Orientation Workshop and learn about the many technology and information services available to you at Hostos. Workshops are offered throughout the semester:

  • Tuesdays 12:30-1:30 in Room B-505
  • Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 in Room B-507

Register here- or just come as a walk-in.

Quick tip of the day: Looking for a book?

Are you looking for a specific book?  Here’s how to find out if we have it.

First, click to the right where it says “library catalog”.


If you know the title of the book, click the drop-down menu for “Title begins with…” and enter the title in the box:

Title searchOR – if you know the name of the author, click the drop-down menu for “Author, last name first…” and enter the name in the box:

author search 3Remember, you can always choose to search ALL the CUNY libraries, or just Hostos, using the other drop-down menu.

There might be many editions of your book.  CLICK THE TITLE to check the edition.

versionsThe call number is the book’s address.

stacks reserve

For reserve books, please write down and give the call number to the person at the window in the reserve room, who will give you the book.

For “stacks” books, write down the call number and come find it in the main reading room downstairs; come to the reference desk downstairs if you have any questions!



Alert: Saturday 9/6- 6am-9am

Our Information Technology Department is planning to perform maintenance in the library on Saturday, September 6 from 6:00 am to 9:00 am. During this time all network and telephone services will be interrupted in the library. We apologize for any disruption in service that anyone might experience.

Welcome to Fall Semester 2014!

Here are a few helpful hints to ease your way into the new semester:

Library hours beginning Thursday, August 28th:
Monday-Thursday: 9am-9pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm beginning October 5th
We will be CLOSED Monday, September 1st, Labor Day; Monday, October 13, Columbus Day; Thurs-Sun., November 27-30, Thanksgiving.

You need to reset your password for printing, copying, and email every 90 days. Sign up for Self-Service Password Management (SSPM) to save yourself time.

Search the library’s catalog to see if your assigned textbooks are on Reserve. Make sure to note the call number so we can help you find the book more quickly.

Remember to activate your Hostos ID at the circulation desk to enjoy off campus access to online databases and e-books.

We have four study rooms for groups of three or more. Check out our study room policy to find out how to make a reservation.

Alert: Scheduled Upgrade

The CUNY Catalog will have limited availability during a scheduled upgrade
beginning 7/10/2014. You will not be able to renew or request items between 7/10/2014 and 7/24/2014. Search access will not be available between 7/10/2014 and 7/12/2014. Access to our electronic resources will not be affected.

LearningExpress Library Gets a New Look

Learning Express Library provides practice tests for licensure exams (including the NCLEX) , helps build skills in reading and math, and offers career exploration resources — something for everyone.   For more information on what you can find in Learning Express Library, see this Featured Resource List. Now the interface is easier to use and navigate. Create your account to get started.

learning express

April 22, 2014 – You are Not a Gadget

You are not a gadget: a manifesto
by Jaron Lanier


“The most important thing about technology is how it changes people.”

Jaron Lanier, a long time computer scientist–and controversial, outspoken critic of many aspects of computer science today–poses provocative questions about how we interact with each other through social media of all sorts, how we share and construct ideas, and how we try to solve problems or believe (perhaps wrongly) that we can solve all problems through new technology.

Whether or not you agree with his analysis, Lanier asks questions and makes assertions that will make you think.


Bonus links: Read a review from The Washington Post. 
Read an excerpt of the book here.

Now at Hostos Library!

Where to find it: this book is shelved in the main reading room, under H for social sciences (HM is the sub-category for sociology). You can see more on how books are organized by subject here.

The call number on the side of the book will look like this. (Look at the cards on the sides of the shelves to find where “HM” is first, then find the rest line-by-line.)

Questions about finding books in the reading room?  Come ask a librarian!

New York Times for all!

NYT digitalThanks to the CUNY Council of Chief Librarians and CUNY Libraries, we now have FREE digital subscriptions to the New York Times for all CUNY students, faculty, and staff!

Sign up using your Hostos email.

Here’s how:

  • Go to
  • Click on “register”–make sure to use your Hostos email address as the email.
  • Click on “create my account” after you’ve filled out your information.
  • You’re not done yet!  On the next page, click on “continue”, in order to get an email confirmation sent to your Hostos email.
  • Check your Hostos email for the confirmation message – it should arrive within 15 minutes.  If you don’t see it in your inbox, check your spam folder.  If you still do not receive it, send a message from your Hostos email to
  • Click on the link in the confirmation email to activate your subscription.
  • Once you have created an account, always use your Hostos email address to log in to

You can use your digital subscription from any computer, or on a smartphone app that can be downloaded from We don’t have access to the tablet apps, but you can still read it on your tablet by using any internet browser.

If you’re looking for older articles, please note that this subscription will only let you download five articles/year published between 1923-1980.  The good news is that you can use the New York Times Historical Database - this is a resource that Hostos Library already subscribes to.  From here, you can access an unlimited number of older NYT articles published between 1851 and five years ago (so, this year that means 1851-2009).

April 2, 2014 – The Cardboard Valise

by Ben Katchor

Brooklyn-based cartoonist Ben Katchor writes and draws comics like no one else. As detailed and peculiar and familiar-made-strange as a long dream, as whimsical and melancholy as a wry poem or uncensored fairy tale, Katchor’s comics create a parallel world and then stick to that world’s logic as life goes on for its inhabitants.

Along the way, we find absurd discoveries, unanswerable questions, and bittersweet or resigned happiness. Enter his “picture-stories” and let them take you on their journeys.

Now at Hostos Library!

Bonus links!
Read an excerpt

Ben Katchor’s own website is here.

March 26, 2014 – Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design

By Chip Kidd

“Everything needs to be designed.  Because there’s so much stuff everywhere, we tend to take for granted that someone has to make it all.  It isn’t until you try to create some of it yourself that you start to appreciate the thought and the effort that it can take to design things.” (from the introduction)

In this (no surprise!) beautifully designed and well-illustrated book by award-winning designer Chip Kidd, the author introduces us to key concepts in graphic design such as scale, juxtaposition, use of light and dark, cropping, color theory, positive/negative space, and much more.

Even if you’ve never thought about graphic design before, Kidd writes (and designs) in a way that invites you in, and reading this book is like talking with an uncle who is fantastically good at the thing he does, and happy to share with you what he knows and loves about it.

As the author says, “learning the thinking behind how those images are made will help you figure out why the visual world works the way it does, and how you can be part of creating it.  Or at least, avoid being too manipulated by it.”

Bonus link: Kidd is best known for his many book cover designs.  You can take a look at some of them here.