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A Message from the Chief Librarian Renovated third floor

Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library is a mecca of campus activity and learning, drawing in thousands of students and faculty. Opened in 1988, it is named for the late Queens Congressman, who was a champion of progessive causes. The Library, which houses one million hard copy and electronic books, more than 3,000 media titles, and more than 50,000 online serials, plays an integral role in supporting the information needs of the students and faculty of the College.

Rosenthal Clock TowerThe Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower, a pivotal and iconic landmark, houses five Dutch bells which ring in honor of the three civil rights workers who dedicated their lives to social justice and equality during Freedom Summer in 1964.

With six spacious, functional floors, the Library has recently become more aesthetically stimulating and user friendly, due to a $2 million grant from the Borough of Queens. The third (main) floor now has numerous circular couches, study tables, study rooms, two glassed-enclosed “mediascape” rooms, and inviting booths near the large windows. Other floors contain new classrooms, group study rooms, an auditorium, conference rooms; and individual, quiet places for contemplation and thought.

Another view of the third floorThe Art Center, along with the Art Library, is located on the sixth floor of the Rosenthal Library and brings to the College and the community exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. The Music Library (located in the Aaron Copland School of Music) has become a gem of the Queen College Libraries, containing over 33,000 scores, 29,000 books and 11,000 sound recordings. Its collections of complete works of composers and monuments of music are outstanding.

We make available an array of print, media, and electronic resources which may be utilized to satisfy the curricular needs of Queens College students. And we provide computer workstations, printers, and scanners which enable our library users to do word processing, access on-line teaching tools such as BlackBoard, assemble PowerPoint presentations, view videos, check e-mail, and much more.

If we don't have it, we can obtain it for you through our Inter-Library Loan (ILLiad) service and CLICS, a CUNY-wide inter-campus loan service that makes the holdings of CUNY libraries available to our users in 48 hours. We also provide laptops and calculators for check-out, plus computer support services.

We look forward to serving you on site or through our virtual services. Don't hesitate to let us know how we are doing and how we might satisfy your information needs.

Best wishes.

Kristin Hart
Associate Dean and Chief Librarian

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