New York’s public libraries

New York Public Library

Did you know that here in NYC, we have free access to three of the four most visited public library systems in the United States?

Did you know each system has not just books, but online resources, free classes, and arts events?

Brooklyn Public LibraryDid you know that you can live in ANY borough (or any part of NY State) and get a free library card at all three of them?


Queens LibraryLearn all about the New York Public Library (Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island), the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Queens Library in our new guide to NYC’s public libraries!

Research Paper Help!

Sign-up now for appointments starting April 24th. From April 24th until May 11th (11am-1pm) you can meet one-on-one with a reference librarian. Get help finding sources (books, articles, etc) for your research papers. Get help with your bibliography and writing citations. Appointments will be for 30 minutes each. Please come to the reference desk (2nd floor of the library) 5 minutes before your appointment. To sign up visit:

Alert for April 10: 9am-2pm

On Monday, April 10, 2017, between 9 AM and 2 PM, we will be performing library system maintenance. You will not be able to use the CUNY Catalog to search for items, check your library account, or request items for delivery via CLICS. You can use CUNY OneSearch to look up library items but note that their availability status (i.e., “Available,” “Checked out,” “On order,” etc.) may be out-of-date. Access to full text of articles and e-books will also be impacted during this maintenance window.

Hostos Media Literacy Movement– Read, Reflect, Resist!

Take the challenge! Win gift cards! Rap and read your poems! From March 27th- April 3rd visit the A-Atrium and see if you can spot fake news. We’re hosting a satire contest, an imrov day (Wednesday March 29th from 12-2pm) and a Poetry/ Rap slam (Monday April 3rd from 12-2pm). Read our April Fools Week Flyer for details.

Avoid mistakes: Learn to Spot the Fakes! @realAprilFools.

Alert: Systems Update Planned

There is a systems update planned for Saturday February 25th between the hours of 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM. During this time library databases will not be available off-campus. Also during this time our CUNY+ catalog will not be available. Instead use OneSearch to find library materials. Other CUNY applications, including CUNYFirst, will also be affected.

CUNY Library Amnesty Program

Return Overdue Books to ANY CUNY Library. Pay NO FINES!

Monday, November 14th through Wednesday, November 23rd.

Items Not Included: Fines Not Forgiven:
  • Reserve Books
  • 3-Day Loan Books
  • Laptops/Notebooks
  • DVDs/Calculators
  • Recall
  • Existing
  • Damaged Books
  • Lost Books

For More Information, contact the Hostos Library Circulation Desk at (718) 518-4214.