The Queens College Library website is a gateway to the library’s electronic resources, including the online catalog and research databases. It also describes important library services, including Course Reserves, Research Services, Instructional Services, and Interlibrary Loan.
Student ID (QCard)
A QC photo ID (QCard) is used as your ID to enter the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library. Please carry your ID with you at all times, as QC Security personnel check picture IDs at all entrances. Activate your ID with the; Circulation Desk, and use it to check out books, videos, laptop computers, and other materials from the library to book group-study rooms; and to access library resources from home.
Access to a wide range of electronic resources is available at every workstation in the library, across campus, and from your home. These include indexes and databases (full text, when available), electronic journals, archival collections, dictionaries, encyclopedias, e-books, and other resources. There is a list of databases on the library’s website.
A QC Active Directory account will be needed to log on to most computer workstations. A few workstations, called kiosks, are available for non-QC users. Library workstations offer the full range of Microsoft Office Suite applications. You can save work onto a USB drive.
Laptop PCs with wireless adaptors are available for loan from the Media Commons to currently enrolled QC students. Wireless access is available throughout the library building. If you are using your own laptop, however, you still need a QC username to access licensed library resources. Power for laptops is located on carrels and tables on Levels 1, 4, 5, and 6.
CUNY+, the library’s online catalog, contains records for library materials held by libraries in the CUNY system. It allows you to search either one library’s holdings (e.g., Queens College) or all of the CUNY libraries at once. The catalog can be accessed on or off campus. Detailed instructions are available through CUNY+ “Help Contents.” The “My Account” feature of CUNY+ utilizes your library barcode (the 14-digit number on your QC ID card) and allows you to view information about book due dates and/or outstanding fines, renew online, and place holds on books that are already checked out.
CLICS, an intercampus book delivery service, allows you to request a book from any CUNY library and have it delivered to your local (or another) CUNY library. In addition, if books or articles are not available in CUNY, then Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) provides a way to obtain them.
Your valid QCard also gives you access and borrowing privileges at many other CUNY libraries. Through CUNY’s open-access arrangement, you may travel to other CUNY libraries to use their collections and borrow their materials. Note that there are a few exceptions to this rule, so call the other library to ask about its policies before you go. Borrowed materials from other CUNY libraries may be returned to the Queens College Library.
E-reserve (accessed through the library’s website) requires a course password, which is set by your instructor and which your instructor must give you. Library staff members do not know and cannot provide course passwords. E-reserves may be searched by course number or by instructor.
You can receive research assistance in person, by phone, or through email. Visit the library website and look in the “Research” section of the site to learn more. Floor maps may be found on the library website.
This is just a brief outline of the library’s services. More information can be found on our library website or by asking at the Information Desk.
Improve Your Library Research Skills!
The library offers an elective one-credit course called LIB 100: Information Literacy. Students learn the basics of library research, information organization and retrieval, and the use of print and electronic resources. There are no prerequisites, and students may take the course at any time in their college career. The library also offers an elective 2-credit research skills course called LIB 150: Fundamentals of Library Research (variable topics). The course covers discipline-specific resources and strategies. The prerequisites include completion of ENGL 110 and either sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.