Library Policies

Access Policy

The BMCC Library is not open to the public. The Library is open to CUNY affiliates and members of the public with a METRO card referral that has been filled out by a librarian from their local library.

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Borrowing Policies

Our general policies for each collection 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 16 Weeks Yes- 2 Renewals yes yes(Stacks only) $0.25/Day $50/Item $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

Device Loan Policies

Our device loan policies are on our Device Loans page.

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.


Textbooks being used in BMCC courses are “on reserve” the Library. This means that students can check out the book for three hours, but you may take it out of the library, e.g., to class or to meet with a tutor. The book must be returned on time, or fines may be accrued, preventing you from checking out other library materials. 

Book Chapter Scanning Service

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.

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Collection Development Policy

Our full policy can be found on the Collection Development Policies page.

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Please see the Library’s Collection Development plan for information on our donation policies.  

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Federal Work Study

The Library regularly hires students with work study awards.  To apply please log in to the application portal and search for Library Assistant.  You can also contact Kathleen M. Dreyer, Chief Librarian,, 212-220-1499 with any questions.

Part-time Staff Positions

The Library occasionally hires for part-time staff positions.  To find out if we have any open positions, please contact Kathleen M. Dreyer, Chief Librarian,, 212-220-1499. 

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Food and Drink

Food is not permitted in the Library. Drinks are permitted. 

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S410 (Library) is a quiet study space. If you need to talk with your classmates, please use S430 (across the hall from the Library). You can also reserve group study rooms in Fiterman and the Library.  If you are disturbing other patrons, we may have to ask you to leave the library.  

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BMCC and CUNY-wide policies