Borrowing

Queens College Library books, media items, and Course Reserve materials can be checked out from the Circulation/Borrowing Desk on the 3rd floor during normal service desk hours.  Articles and books from libraries around the country can be requested via InterLibrary Loan (ILLiad). 

Who May Borrow 

  • CUNY Faculty 
  • CUNY Students 
  • CUNY Staff 
  • Townsend Harris H.S. Students who are taking College Now courses 
  • Queens College Alumni (with valid QC Alumni ID card) 
  • Queens College Friends of the Library (with valid Friend card) *

* Due to COVID-19, campus and library access for Friends of the Library has been temporarily suspended.

What You Need 

  • You must have your valid Queens College Q-Card, CUNY ID card, or QC Alumni ID to borrow materials. 
  • You must activate your CUNY ID at the Circulation Desk of your home campus. QC Alumni must acquire a library barcode at Rosenthal’s borrowing desk. This will give you the borrowing privileges to which you are entitled. 

Email Notification 

Courtesy reminders, overdue notices, recall notifications, and return confirmations are sent to the CUNY email address associated with your library account.  (Please note that the Library does NOT send print overdue notices through the regular mail.) Please be assured that we never share your email address and only use it to send messages related to your Library transactions. 

Loan Periods 

CUNY library patrons and QC Alumni receive a loan period of fifty-six (56) days for most circulating books. 

Media items such as videos and DVDs are seven day loans, while media devices (laptops, calculators) are five hours up to the time the Borrowing Desk closes.

Loan periods for Course Reserve textbooks and materials are dependent on the course itself. Please inquire at the Borrowing Desk for details on loan times. 

Fines & Service Fees 

Due dates are stamped into each book on or near the page facing the rear cover. The Library does not send overdue notices unless you provide a valid CUNY email address. It is the patron’s responsibility to return materials on time. 

Effective January 6, 2014, all CUNY Faculty will be responsible for paying library overdue fines in addition to any other library fees. This decision was made by the CUNY Board of Trustees — for more information see the Revision of the City University Tuition and Fee Manual.

NOTE: Library fines must be paid over at Bursar accompanied with a print-out of your library bill. Please inquire at the library’s Borrowing Desk to receive a copy of your bill.

Overdue fines: Twenty-five cents per book per day, including days when the library is closed.

Late fees for Course Reserve materials and media videos are calculated at $6.00 an hour / ten cents per minute, computed over a 24 hour period.

Late fees for media devices are calculated hourly at $15.00 an hour, computed over a 24 hour period.  

Recall and Rush Recall: Fifty cents per item per day for recalled books. One dollar per item per day for a rush recall. 

Lost books: Replacement fee: ACTUAL RETAIL COST; Processing fee: $25.00 

 We strongly encourage replacement book copies, either new, or used in good condition. Processing fees will be waived for acceptable book replacements.

Lost media items: Replacement fee: ACTUAL RETAIL COST; Processing fee: $25.00 

Renewals 

  • Most circulating books can be renewed for an additional 56 days, provided they are not being recalled or requested. Renewals are processed at the Library’s Borrowing Desk along with your QCard/CUNY ID and the materials present, or online from your “My Account” via the CUNY OneSearch catalog. (See below for Online Renewals.) 

Renewals will NOT be granted if: 

  1. The item has a hold/recall. 
  2. The renewal limit has been reached. 
  3. There is a block on the borrower’s record. 
  4. The materials are non-renewable. 

Please note that if a renewal request is not honored because of a hold on the item, a recall will be placed on the item. A recalled item must be returned promptly. HIGHER FINES ACCRUE ON RECALLED ITEMS. 

Online Renewals 

You may renew your materials online through the CUNY Catalog (OneSearch). On the OneSearch page, click on Menu on the top-right corner, and then My Account. This will take you to the CUNYFirst log-in page where you can sign in with your CUNYFirst credentials. 

After you are in “My Account,”: 

  1. Select your loans from the owning CUNY library institution list. 
  2. You may select RENEW ALL, or choose to RENEW individual loans. (Be advised that loans that are labeled as NOT RENEWABLE cannot be renewed by the user.) 
  3. Your renewal will take effect immediately and you will be issued a new due date.  

Returns

You may return book items at Rosenthal Library’s Borrowing Desk, or at the return slots by the front entrance near the turnstiles. (Please note that if the item is overdue and you would like to receive a copy of your bill, you must return it directly to the clerk at the Borrowing Desk.)  

When the library is closed, you can place items in the depository drop-off box located outside the Library’s main entrance; these will be collected and returned on the following business day. 

Course Reserve materials, art pamphlets, and Media items MUST be returned directly to the clerk at the Borrowing Desk. 

Overdues 

Any item overdue for more than seven (7) days will result in a suspension of borrowing privileges until the item is returned or renewed.   

Any item overdue for more than twenty (20) days will be considered lost. A $25.00 processing fee will be incurred in addition to the retail cost of the item itself. 

Book Holds & Library Account Blocks 

You may place a hold on any book that is charged out. When it is returned, you will be notified and the book will be held for you at the Borrowing Desk for ten days. 

Fines in excess of $25.00 or more will result in a library account block, and a suspension of your borrowing privileges.  

Other Services and Information 

CUNY Courtesy Service 
You may return books for items borrowed from other CUNY libraries at Queens College Library. 

Interlibrary/ILL 
Once you are notified, ILL book requests can be picked up at Rosenthal Library’s Borrowing Desk. Make sure you have your valid Queens College QCard to authorize check-out. 

Lost/Stolen ID Cards 
If your Queens College QCard is lost or stolen, you must notify Campus Security and the Borrowing Desk. Items borrowed on a lost/stolen card are your responsibility until you report the loss or theft. 

Search Requests and Holds 
If an item is not on the shelf and you have not found an item in the sorting room on Level 4 (Room 417a), you may request a search be done to locate the material. You may also place a hold on an item borrowed by another patron. A notice will be sent to you when the item is located/returned. 

Hold shelf 
You may place circulating materials on the 3-day hold shelf if you are unable to borrow upon leaving the Library. Please speak to the front Borrowing Desk to request a hold. 

Theses 
Queens College theses can be paged from 9:00am–4:45pm Monday through Friday at the Borrowing Desk. Library patrons who need to view theses at alternate times, including weekends and evenings, need to call the desk ahead of time with proper citation information. Call 718-997-3702 and the item requested will be put on the hold shelf for in-house viewing. A valid QCard or CUNY ID card is required to check out a thesis for perusal.  

For questions concerning Circulation services contact: Circulation/Reserve Desk, or 718-997-3702.