BMCC Library offers book pick-up and scanning services

Faculty, students, and staff have access to the BMCC Library’s collection through book pick-up and scanning services. Books or a limited number of chapters for scanning must be requested via this form.

  • This service is for members of the BMCC Community (Students, Faculty, Staff)
  • Books are for in-person pickup only. Books cannot be mailed.
  • Only books from the BMCC Library are available. Books from other CUNY Libraries are not available.
  • You will receive an email containing the scanned materials.
  • You will receive an email when the book is ready to be picked-up. Do not come to pick up your materials until you receive an email from us to say they’re ready.

Turnaround Time

Due to campus procedures there may be some delay in processing requests. Materials may take up to one week to be processed before being made available for pickup or before being scanned.

Please plan ahead in requesting materials. We cannot accommodate “rush” or “ASAP” requests.


  • Books are provided on a first come, first served basis.
  • If the book is already checked-out, you will not be able to request it or request scans from it unless we have more than one copy.
  • Books can be picked up on Mondays and Thursdays, 10am to 1pm at 100 North Moore Street (gym entrance)
    • Please note this is not an Accessible Entrance. If you you will need assistance when picking up the book, please let us know in the notes.
  • The book will already be checked out to you but you will need to provide ID when picking up the book.
    • You may use any sort of ID, including BMCC ID, state or government-issued ID, or work ID
  • You are responsible for returning the book on time. Check your library account for due dates.
  • We will hold the books for two weeks after check-out. After that the book will be checked back in and put back on the shelf.  Someone else will be able to request it at this point.

BMCC Library Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month

Black History Month, also referred to as African American History Month, is an annual month-long celebration of the achievements of the African American community and a celebration of their culture. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. (, Black History Month)

The Black History Month 2021 theme, “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” explores the African diaspora, and the spread of Black families across the United States. The theme was chosen by the
Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASAALH).

In celebration of this theme, the BMCC library would like to highlight some resources to help you investigate the idea of “black family”.

Free events with ASAALH

ASAALH Invites You to Attend the 2021 Virtual Black History Month Festival. Several events are free and open to the public on ASALH TV, the association’s premier YouTube channel!

Books to Read

A new look at black families by Charles Vert Willie

African American family life ecological and cultural diversity by Vonnie C. McLoyd

African American families today : myths and realities by Angela Hattery

The African-American family in slavery and emancipation by Wilma A. Dunaway

Blackmfamilies at the crossroads: challenges and prospects by Leanor Boulin Johnson

Climbing Jacob’s ladder: the enduring legacy of African-American families by Andrew Bilingsley

Sissie:a novel by John A. Williams

Fences by August Wilson

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Book Pickup Service Update

Our Book Pickup/Scanning Service is an easy way for you to access materials from our Library while the Library remains closed for in-person services. However, please be advised of the following:

Due to the volume of requests (and the time it takes to process them), it may take a week or more for scanning requests to be processed. As a reminder, we cannot accommodate rush requests. We will fill the requests as quickly as we can, and you will receive an email when it’s ready, but please be patient.

Also, due to high demand the following books are no longer available to borrow (but we can provide scans of individual chapters):

  • 50 Essays : A Portable Anthology / Sixth Edition. 2020.
  • Access to health / Rebecca J. Donatelle. Sixteenth Edition. 2020.
  • A Family Genogram Workbook / Galindo, Israel. 2006.
  • An Anthology of Readings on Black Men in Contemporary America / 2019.
  • Art History / Stokstad, Marilyn. Sixth edition. 2018.
  • Curren’s Math for Meds : Dosages & Solutions / Curren, Anna M. Eleventh Edition. 2015.
  • Ethnic Studies : Issues and Approaches / Yang, Philip Q. 2000.
  • General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry : Structures of Life / Timberlake, Karen C. Sixth Edition. 2019.
    • Study Guide and Selected Solutions Manual [for] General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry
  • Health Disparities, Diversity, and Inclusion : Context, Controversies, and Solutions / Rose, Patti Renee. 2018.
  • Macroeconomics : Principles and Policy / Baumol, William J. Fourteenth Edition. 2020.
  • Psychology : foundations and frontiers / Douglas A. Bernstein. 2016
  • The Activist / Ojaide, Tanure
  • Vistas : Introducción a la Lengua Española / Blanco, José A. 6th edition. 2020.

Lessons from the Social Justice Series

Social Justice Word Cloud

Earlier this semester the BMCC Library, in collaboration with CETLS, ran a 3-part series on social justice titled “Stand Up and Speak Out”. The series was dedicated to informing the BMCC community about current social justice issues, how to get involved and how to protect themselves.

We were joined by speakers Prof. Stefan Williams from the BMCC Criminal Justice Program, Mr. Richard Sepulveda from the BMCC Library, Dr. Robin Isserles from the BMCC Department of Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice, Mr. Matt Gonzales from the Innovation for Integration Initiative (I3) and Takiema Bunche-Smith, MPA, MSEd, Executive Director of the Center on Culture, Race & Equity. Our presenters discussed a variety of helpful and important things that we want to share with all BMCC members. Below you will find summaries as well as links to the presentations.

All slides can be viewed using the provided link: Social Justice Series Slides

“Stand Up and Speak Out”
Social Justice Series: Activism

  • Understanding Power Relations and Activism
    • Fundamentally transforming power relations (Who holds the power in situations?)
    • Getting involved in local and national politics
    • What does the First Amendment really mean?
  • Privacy, Anonymity and Activism
    • Privacy VS Anonymity and Pseudonymity
    • Cyber Threats
    • Internet Security
    • Cyber Best Practices

“Stand Up and Speak Out”
Social Justice Series: Equity in Education

  • Reimagining Student Success
    • What is student success and how is it defined?
    • The problem with treating all college students the same
    • Community colleges in the US
    • Equity in higher education

“Stand Up and Speak Out”
Social Justice Series: Racism and Self Care

  • Systemic Racism & the Coronavirus Pandemic: Making space for Radical Self-Care
    • The impact of racism in the United States
    • Recognizing burdens we are carrying as individuals and a community
    • Exploring the idea of self-care as a radical act and how to take stock of how we are caring for ourselves

Winter reading, watching, and listening for free!

Staying inside this winter is more important than ever! Check out our guide for free books, films, and music to keep you occupied. Do you know of others? Let us know via email or use the chat box on the right hand side of the page.

If you are not able to access any of the BMCC databases, please contact us via the chat box on the right hand side of the page or email us.

Anime, Comics, and Fanfiction

  • Archive of Our Own (AO3)
    A nonprofit open source repository for fanfiction and other fanworks contributed by users. Archive of Our Own hosts over 6 million works in over 40,000 fandoms.
  • Crunchyroll
    Massive streaming library of anime. The site is free but a premium subscription lets you watch without the ads.
  • Funimation
    Streaming library of anime. The site is free but a premium subscription lets you watch without the ads.
  • Shonen Jump
    Many popular manga titles, with a strong back catalog and new chapters the same day as Japan.
    Asian TV shows and movies online for free. Premium access provides access to additional content and removes ads.
  • Webtoons
    Contains thousands of creator-owned content in many genres from around the world.


Audiobooks and E-Books

  • Audible
    Offering a free library of audiobooks that you can stream on your laptop, desktop, phone, or tablet. You do not need to start a subscription; just select your title and go. Their collection includes a range of books from young readers to classic tales, and they are available in six different languages.
  • E-Books at BMCC*
    Search CUNY’s hundreds of thousands ebooks
  • HathiTrust
    Partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. To access their archives, log in as a Guest.
  • New York Public Library (NYPL)
    Download the Simply-E app to access millions of audiobooks and e-books in all genres
  • Project Gutenberg
    Over 60,000 out of copyright books.


  • MUBI 
    A streaming service for film lovers. Students and faculty can sign up for a free account through the Film Schools Program (use your BMCC email address). MUBI offers a rotating selection of streaming films, and a newly expanded library of on-demand films. Browse their catalog here.
  • Swank*
    Over 150 popular films such as Black Panther, Get Out, The Godfather, and more.
  • For more film databases through BMCC see our video databases page.
  • A list of free film databases can be found in the “Find Films” section of this guide from the Graduate Center.


  • Met Opera on Demand
    Experience more than 700 full-length Met performances with our online streaming service. Offers free seven day trial.
  • Naxos Music Library*
    Streaming music library of mainly classical and world music. Includes some pop and rock, choral, instrumental, gospel, poetry, spoken word, and relaxation music.


Performing Arts

  • BroadwayHD
    Offering free seven day trials. Provides online access to Broadway plays, musicals, and more.
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
    Offers free streaming videos of ballet, opera, and classical music. Check the calendar for a full list of events.


  • Bronx Zoo Live Cams
    The Bronx Zoo is streaming footage from their Sea Lion Pool, Aquatic Bird House and their Madagascar exhibits from 10am to 4pm daily. In addition, you can also see footage from the New York Aquarium. Tune in for regular animal feedings!
  • National Geographic Virtual Library*
    The complete archive of the National Geographic Magazine from 1888 to the mid-1990s.

*BMCC databases. Login with your CUNY login, what you use for Blackboard and CUNYFirst.

Service changes during winter break and January session

The Library is physically closed but we offer many services online. There will be limited online hours from December 20 to January 3. For details, please see our hours page.

During January session (January 4 to January 25) our online hours will be 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Our book pick-up and scanning services will be temporarily suspended from December 17 to January 11. The schedule for the winter and spring semesters will be posted soon.

Please contact us via email or use the chat box on the right hand size of the page anytime we are open.

Need Research Help? Make an Appointment

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Did you know you can make appointments to meet with our librarians one-on-one for help with your research projects? We can help you navigate the research process including help with finding quality resources for your projects.

Help is also always available by email and chat, but if you think you want more extensive help appointments are available. For Fall 2020, all appointments are held via Zoom.

To make an appointment, you can visit our Appointments Page.

Library Manga Meetup (Online!): 90s November

Covers of Fushigi Yuugi, YuYu Hakusho, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and Cardcaptor Sakura

Do you remember the 90s? Or, do you just have a fondness for older titles? This month we’re going on a nostalgia trip to talk about our favorite series from the 90s.


How it Works: Share and discuss your favorites in an open, positive environment. All you need is to show up ready to talk about a series or two that you want to share!

This meetup will be held over Zoom. Please register in advance to receive the Zoom link and meeting password via email.

For more information and to register please go to:

This meetup is open to anyone in the BMCC Community.

Library Manga Meetup (Online!): Supernatural and Horror Manga

Book covers of Tokyo Ghoul, Shiver, Demon Slayer, and Natsume's Book of Friends

What better than the lead-up to Halloween to look at manga focused on ghouls, spirits, ghosts, and demons? We’ll be discussing our favorite titles with supernatural or horror themes.

How it Works: Share and discuss your favorites in an open, positive environment. All you need is to show up ready to talk about a series or two that you want to share!

This meetup will be held over Zoom. Please register in advance to receive the Zoom link and meeting password via email.

This meetup is open to anyone in the BMCC Community.

Get answers to your questions about fall 2020

The Library’s frequently asked questions (FAQs) contain detailed information about the library’s services for the fall including finding course materials, how to borrow laptops, and how to return books.

And please use the chat box on the right side of the page when we are “open” or email us any time with any questions.