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?

Did 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?


Learn 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!

New! Three-day reserves loans

Hostos Library is pleased to announce that as of Sept 29 (tomorrow!), certain reserves books will be available for a three-day loan instead of the regular two-hour loan.

As of now, there will be a total of 32 copies of books that will be part of this program, for the following eight titles (click each title for more information about the book, and then click on “locations” to find the call number):

Campbell Essential Biology with Physiology

Chemistry: An Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry 

Chemistry for Changing Times

Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice

Essentials of Understanding Psychology

Kozier & Erb’s Fundamentals of Nursing Concepts, Process, and Practice

Microbiology: An Introduction

Visual Anatomy and Physiology

Please note that these are still reserves books, and must be returned on time so that your classmates have a chance to read them.  For this reason, there is a $25/day overdue fine–please remember to bring your book back within the three days to avoid any fine.

When you look up a book in OneSearch, please notice: if the book is just listed as “reserve”, it is a regular reserve loan with a two-hour loan period. It is only a three-day loan if the record explicitly says that it is a three-day loan.

Enjoy your reading!



The Art of Procrastination

NEW* at Hostos Library!


A useful, light-hearted, very short book written by a lifelong procrastinator for fellow procrastinators. Learn about “structured procrastination” and see how it might be able to help you, and figure out if you too suffer from “right parentheses deficit disorder”, and how collaborating with those strange humans who do not procrastinate might actually be a good thing.

Don’t wait until the end of the semester to take a look at this quick, humorous, relatable read at the library. Call number BF 637 .P76 P46 2012

*New-ish…it has taken a little while to get around to writing this post.

Earth Day at Hostos!

earth blue marbleEarth Day is being celebrated this week (April 21-23) at Hostos with a series of special events!

Find out more on our Earth Day guide, which includes many ideas about learning more about topics such as:

GMOs (genetically modified organisms)

Food deserts and food justice

Corporations and the environment

National and international laws and treaties about the environment

Activism and local groups in the South Bronx and NYC fighting for environmental justice

Reminder: New York Times for all!

NYT digitalFREE digital subscriptions to the New York Times are still available for all CUNY students, faculty, and staff!

Sign up or renew your subscription 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).

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!



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!

April 2, 2014 – The Cardboard Valise

The Cardboard Valise
by Ben Katchor

KatchorBrooklyn-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 here.
Ben Katchor’s own website is here.

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

Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design
By Chip Kidd

GoKidd“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.