Library Closure 12/17

Due to expected inclement weather conditions, Rosenthal Library will be closed on Thursday, December 17th. Queens College Shuttle service is also suspended. We expect to reopen on Friday, December 18th or as the weather permits.

Library 170 course to be offered this spring

Fulfill the College Writing 2 requirement this spring with Library 170: History of the Book.  Dr. Leila Walker’s course will analyze texts and their material forms, from antique books and scrolls to tweets.

Students will also create texts in a variety of forms for diverse audiences, learning how the technology of the book has shaped how we read, write, and communicate today. More details and registration information here:

Library Study Space Reopening

Rosenthal Library will reopen on a limited basis from November 30 through December 21, COVID protocols permitting. We will be offering individual study spaces and access to computers Monday-Friday from 10am – 5pm. At this time printing, group study rooms, and the library’s physical collections are not yet available. Library research help is online–connect with us at

Reservations can be booked up to one week in advance through our online booking system. For more information, please see our FAQ:  To make a reservation, please visit Please continue to watch your email for COVID-related updates on the library reopening. Beginning September 21, 2020, Queens College Library will reopen, by appointment only, for several in-person services: reserving a place to study, use a library computer, or to drop off library materials.  You must make a reservation to come to the library, at least 1 day in advance of your visit. You must make a separate reservation for each library visit. Please follow these steps:

    1. Go to our reservation system and book your day
    2. You will receive a notice to confirm your email, please confirm
    3. After your booking is approved, you will receive an email invite 24 hours before your visit to get on campus, from Proxyclick
    4. Complete the Proxyclick steps to receive the QR code needed to get on campus

Please note:

    • ​​You must book a full day pass for study space or computer use, no matter how long you plan to use the library
    • Book a 30-minute appointment to drop off library materials. Remember, there is no need to come to campus to return library materials: all materials are being automatically renewed
    • You must book at least 24 hours in advance (no same day bookings) 
    • You will receive information from Proxyclick 24 hours before your reservation.  You MUST complete this step to gain access to campus

Questions: Text us at 646-956-3707 or email us at

OneSearch Access

OneSearchWe are working to reinstate access to OneSearch, the library catalog, through the main portal on the library homepage.

You can still access OneSearch through:

-The OneSearch Quicklink on the homepage

-The OneSearch/ Library Catalog link in the Library FAQ. (The link is on the left side of the page in the blue Electronic Collections menu.)

This direct link.

We hope to have the access issue resolved shortly and thank all our users for their patience.


Black Lives Matter

The Queens College Libraries declare our opposition to the racial terror and state-sanctioned violence that shape the lives of Black people in the United States. Black lives matter. We share the sorrow and rage of our community and stand in solidarity with protests against police brutality. We recognize and condemn these acts and other forms of racial violence, bigotry, and institutional racism, and hold ourselves accountable to work against the policing of CUNY and its libraries. This statement affirms our commitment to anti-racist practice and our pledge to use our skills and resources to advance the production of knowledge for social justice.

The Queens College community has a long history of supporting the movement for racial justice. In fact, the iconic Rosenthal Library clock tower is dedicated to the memory of three civil rights workers–Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Queens College student Andrew Goodman–who were murdered while helping organize voter registration efforts in Mississippi during the Summer of 1964. As the struggle for racial justice continues, we honor this history and stand against police brutality and white supremacy. 

This statement is adapted from the CUNY Graduate Center’s statement on Black Lives Matter, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license

Celebrating Diversity: Double Feature!

Welcome to Celebrating Diversity, a library newsletter series showcasing books and resources that tell the stories of the many cultural and ethnic groups that call Queens home. Whether you are preparing an academic assignment or looking for your next great read, we hope you find inspiration in the history and culture of our colleagues, friends, and neighbors in “The World’s Borough.”

May is both Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month. Professors Q. Joan Xu and Izabella Taler, our expert subject librarians in these areas, are kicking off this series with featured ebooks and other resources from their Research Guides.

Access to ebooks and most other featured resources requires a valid QCard: please contact us if you have any issues logging in.

Asian/Pacific American and Jewish American Heritage Month

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month was first declared in 1978. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants (

Jewish American Heritage Month’s history is more recent, as it was declared by President George W. Bush in 2006.

Two ebooks examine the intersections of Asian American and Jewish American experiences and are highly recommended: 

Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American Writing, by Cathy Schlund-Vials
Temple University Press, 2011





JewAsian : Race, Religion, and Identity for America’s Newest Jews, by H.K. Kim and N.S. Leavitt
University of Nebraska Press, 2016



Asian/pacific american heritage Resources

Professor Xu’s Asian Studies Research Guide has a comprehensive array of ebooks and websites. Here are some highlights:

Featured Websites

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: this guide, produced by the National Park Service, Library of Congress, and other federal partners, has extensive history and heritage information, and a special portal for educators.

APA Heritage: San Francisco’s official celebration site lets you virtually explore Asian food, literature, films, museums, and performances.

Featured ebooks

The Color of Success, by Ellen D. Wu
Princeton University Press, 2013

Negotiating Tradition, Becoming American, by Rifat Anjum Salam
LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC, 2013

Scent of Apples, edited by Bienvenido N. Santos
University of Washington Press, 2015

Jewish American heritage Resources

Research Services Librarian Izabella Taler, liaison for Jewish Studies, presents highlights from the Jewish Studies Research Guide.

Featured E-Resources and Websites

The Association of Jewish Libraries leads one to extensive information related to Jewish Americans.

Jewish Review of Books includes much more than just reviews. It also offers articles about “religion, literature, culture, and politics, as well as fiction, poetry, and the arts.”

Ethnic NewsWatch is another great resource-you will find articles published in journals and newspapers including  American Jewish History, Jerusalem Post, Jewish Chronicle, and Jewish Film & New Media.

Featured ebooks

American Jewish History, edited by Gary Phillip Zola and Marc Dollinger
Brandeis University Press, 2014.

Recommended for an overview of the American Jewish historical experience, and for students looking for primary source materials.




New York’s Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway, edited by Edna Nahshon
Columbia University Press, 2016

Explore the historic role of American Jews in the entertainment industry. An excellent source for students interested in performing arts, New York City history, and the evolution of theater.


 Typically Jewish, by Nancy Kalikow Maxwell
The Jewish Publication Society, 2019

A humorous romp through Jewish American culture and history, organized into chapters like “Worrying,” “Kvelling,” “Dying,” and “Noshing.”


Faculty Workshop: Open Educational Resources

All Queens College faculty are invited to an Introduction to Open Educational Resources workshop on Friday, May 22, from 2-3:30PM. The event will be hosted on Google Meet.

Teaching with Open Educational Resources (OER) and zero-textbook-cost (ZTC) materials makes college more affordable. Especially in the current economic climate, high textbook costs can make it difficult for CUNY students to meet their potential: students report failing or dropping classes because they can’t afford the textbook, or going into debt or going without basic necessities to buy expensive books. This workshop will present concrete strategies you can use to make your course more affordable and accessible. 

Please contact Jeremy Czerw, Outreach Communication Librarian, with any questions: