Library Policies

COVID-19 Policies

The BMCC Library is following the guidelines laid out by BMCC, CUNY, and our state and local governments. These policies are subject to change at any time. BMCC’s policies are laid out on the Reimagining BMCC page.

Access Policy

The BMCC Library is not open to the public. Due to COVID-19-related restrictions, at this time only CUNY-affiliated users can currently enter the library. Anyone coming to campus must follow the vaccination or testing requirement.

Borrowing Policies

We have recently updated our borrowing policies. Our revised policies are below.

Collections Loan Length Can I Renew? Can I Request? Can I Request a Chapter Scan? Overdue Charges Maximum Overdue Fine Lost Item Charge*
Stacks, Leisure Reading, Graphic Novels, Children’s Book Review Center, Dictionaries, Scientific Calculators 8 Weeks Yes- 1 Renewal yes yes(Stacks only) Currently Suspended Currently Suspended $40/Item
Reserves 3 Hours Yes- 1 Renewal no yes $5/Hour $50/Item $100/Item
Old Textbooks 28 Days Yes- 1 Renewal no yes $0.25/Day $50/Item $50/Item
Library Laptops and Battery Chargers 3 Hours Yes- 1 Renewal no no $15/Hour $150/Item $500 for Laptops
Library Tablets 3 Days Yes- 1 Renewal no no $15/Hour $150/Item $500/Item
DVDs 7 Days Yes- 1 Renewal no no $5/Day $50/Item $50/Item
Graphing Calculators 7 Days Yes- 1 Renewal no no $5/Day $50/Item $100/Item
Chromebooks, iPads, Internet Hotspots, and Bluetooth Keyboards (borrowed for distance learning) Due at End of Semester no no no $15/Hour $150/Item $500/Item

Additional Borrowing Policies


Renewals can be done through your Library Account, or by contacting the Circulation Desk.


Students, faculty, and staff can place holds in the library catalog when logged into their account. Patrons may select the pick-up library for the book when placing the hold.

Books cannot be mailed to patrons and must be picked up at a CUNY Library. (Please note, because of COVID-19 some CUNY Libraries are still closed to users. Please make sure the library you wish to pick materials up from is open.)

Chapter Scanning

Certain materials can be requested for chapter scanning. We cannot scan entire books or large portions of works. Scans are for personal, education use only. More information about chapter scanning is here.

Lost Items

Lost Item Replacement is generally the cost of the item. Lost books may be replaced with a new copy in good condition, subject to approval by BMCC Library Staff.


One (1) overdue item or a total of $25.00 or more in fines will suspend borrowing privileges university-wide.