Library News: Updated 3/31

Free Access to New Resources and More
I know the library buildings are closed. Can I still get help online?


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The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Chronicle of Higher Education

Use your active Queens College email account to register for free remote access.

Logging in With Your Library Barcode

There are lots of library resources online, but you need your library barcode (found on the back of your QCard ID) for access. Unless you’ve changed it, this number is also your password.

Problems logging in? View our guide to off campus access at or email We can help even if you don’t have your QCard.

Returning Materials
Don’t worry about fines–nothing will be due until we physically reopen. Please don’t travel to campus just to return your items!
The Returns bin outside Rosenthal Library is open if you are here and wish to return your items.
All overdue fees are being waived. Items will automatically be renewed up to 9 times.
If you want to check the status of your account, visit MY ACCOUNT , or just email us at:
Renewing Laptops and other Equipment
All equipment that is currently out can be renewed until the end of the semester by contacting QC_ask_Circ@
Need a Laptop?
Please email to request a laptop.
Interlibrary Loans
All Interlibrary loan items can be returned at the end of the semester without penalty. We are processing interlibrary loan borrowing and lending requests–visit our page to make a request.
Course Content/Reserve Center

Yes, you can still request course reserve materials! Our Course Content Reserve Center can help you provide students easy, online access to course materials, including streaming video. Use the Online Request Forms at the top of our page:

We can help with managing your course, adding new materials, and other questions.

Teaching and Learning Remotely

The full guide to our services and other tools for supporting remote research is available here:

Upcoming Workshops for Distance Learning

The Queens College Library is offering two workshops to support faculty transitioning to an online environment:

Getting Started with Qwriting

Monday, March 16, 2020 • 3pm–4:30 pm
Rosenthal Library Room 227
Due to popular demand, this is now a virtual workshop hosted on Google Meet
(a link will be sent to registered participants 15 minutes before the start of the workshop)

In this workshop, faculty will learn the bare minimum to create a course site that works. Faculty should bring digital copies of a syllabus and course schedule. They can expect to leave with the basic structure of a working class site. You will not unleash your creativity, and we will not cover anything beyond the basic skills required to convert a syllabus and course schedule into a digital learning environment using QC’s WordPress platform.

Collaborative Annotation

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 • 2pm–3:30 pm
Virtually hosted on Google Meet
(a link will be sent to registered participants 15 minutes before the start of the workshop)

How do you discuss the reading if you can’t meet in person? In this workshop on “Collaborative Annotation,” Emerging Technologies and Digital Scholarship Librarian Leila Walker will show how collaborative annotation tools can help cultivate critical reading habits and develop close reading skills, and indicate where students might need extra guidance to understand the material.

Faculty can expect to leave the workshop with a basic understanding of the tools and a draft lesson plan involving collaborative annotation.

Library Closure

The Benjamin Rosenthal Library and Music Library will be CLOSED effective 3/16/2020.

Please feel free to contact us by using the “Ask Us a Question” box.

All Queens College students, staff, and faculty can access the libraries’ electronic resources off-campus. To use databases and electronic resources while off-campus you must verify affiliation with Queens College by entering an active QCard library barcode number when prompted.

Please email us should you have any issues with your barcode while accessing databases:

Library Support for Off-site Teaching and Learning

The Queens College Library would like to share some tips for remote access to many of our resources and services. The full guide to our services and other tools for supporting remote research is available here:

Postponed: Wikipedia Women’s Edit-a-Thon

The Wikipedia Women’s Edit-a-Thon, originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, is postponed.

The event organizers made this decision out of an abundance of caution, after evaluating the most recent public health recommendations regarding Coronavirus and the nature of the event.

We look forward to hosting a wonderful Edit-a-Thon as soon as we can, and will keep you informed of our plans moving forward.

New Armenian Studies materials

Visitors to Rosenthal Library’s Level 3 will notice a new display of books on Armenian Studies. These books were purchased through the generous donation of Hratch Zadoian, professor of political science and retired administrator at Queens College.

Associate Professor James Mellone’s new Armenian Studies research guide has comprehensive information about the new books. Please visit to learn more or to set up a research consultation.


Eyeglass Donation Program Begins

The Library is working with students from Future Healers of America-Queens College and the QC Optometry Club to help you do some good with your old eyeglasses.

We are collecting donations of gently used eyeglasses at the library’s Borrowing Desk. Items will be sent to New Eyes for the Needy, a 501(C)(3)charity that accepts, recycles, and distributes glasses to those in need.

Does your QC student club want to learn how the library’s spaces and staff can help support your projects? Talk to us!