Access to the BMCC Library for fall 2021

We are excited to welcome back students to campus this fall!

The Library will be open for study space and use of our collections, including textbooks. Seating and hours will be limited.

Please note that hours and services are subject to change at any time!

In person services:

  • Study space (quiet study and group study)
  • Access to all collections, including textbooks
  • Computer access, printing, and self serve scanning (Copy machines will not be available.)
  • Equipment loans, including laptops, tablets, and battery chargers
  • In-person research help: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 11am to 3pm, and Wednesday: 11am to 2pm

Virtual services:

Updated August 27, 2021

Library open on Saturdays!

Starting on October 30, the Library will be open from 12pm to 5pm on Saturdays. We look forward to seeing you!

Get books from other CUNY Libraries

Looking for a book that isn’t available at BMCC? You can get the book sent from any other CUNY Library to pick up and borrow from BMCC. (You can also pick them up from any other CUNY Library, but you’ll have to check that they’re open as some are still closed to students.)

Requests can be made directly from OneSearch and typically come within a few days.

Instructions for making requests are here.

Building entrance requirements

In order to keep everyone safe as we begin to re-open, there are health and safety guidelines everyone must follow to enter the building and while they are in the building.

Extensive information is provided through the links below:

Updates to our Chapter Scanning Service

For Fall 2021 we are relaunching our Chapter Scanning Service to work directly within our catalog, OneSearch. Simply find the book you want a chapter from in OneSearch, sign in, and request!

As always, we cannot scan entire books, and scans are only available for books in the BMCC Library’s collection. This service is available to all BMCC Students, Faculty, and Staff.

More information about the service is on our Book Chapter Scanning Service page.

Instructions on how to submit a request are here in our FAQs.

Library Services for Summer 2021

If you have questions, please use our chat box on the right hand side of the page, email us, or search our FAQs.

Summer reading, watching, and listening for free!

Check out our guide for free books, films, and music to help you enjoy the summer! 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

  • 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
  • Open Library from Internet Archive
    An open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published.
  • 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.


  • 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.

Asian Heritage Month: Stop Asian Hate

Stop Asian Hate

Please review our featured collection of books and ebooks in honor of Asian Heritage month. The BMCC community, including the A. Philip Randolph Library, strongly condemns discrimination, harassment, and violence against Asian communities. As an institution we embrace diversity and strive to advance equity and inclusion for all members of our community. In this effort, many of our resources in the featured collection address the history of Asian discrimination in an effort to inform others on the situation. This discrimination is not a new event but has and will always be unacceptable to the BMCC community. We also invite you to look at the resources highlighted below to learn more about this situation and how you can get involved.

The BMCC Library will continue to offer our support to our Asian community and will work to create an environment of awareness and understanding. If you have experienced any type of discrimination or harassment we urge you to report it directly to the Office of Compliance and Diversity by submitting an online complaint form.

Stop Asian Hate

Stop Asian American Pacific Islander Hate

The Mental Health Impact of Anti-Asian Racism

TIME: Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans are on the Rise

NYC Hate Crimes Stop Asian Hate Toolkit

Radical Reads: Health and Healthcare

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Location: Online

Welcome! Radical Reads (Rad Reads) is a monthly discussion group dedicated to challenging the status quo to create a more caring and just world through reading, listening, conversation and action. As we navigate a global public health crisis, increasing income inequality, systemic racism and police violence, housing and food insecurity, and many other inequities in our world, we must be able to understand how we arrived at our present moment and learn from the struggle of the past in order to respond to the crises we face today. This discussion series will use readings, podcasts, and other media to engage community members in current social, political, and economic issues through a critical, abolitionist lens. 

For more information, topic suggestions, or if you’d like to get involved in organizing our gatherings, contact Jo Thompson, or jean amaral,

Spring 2021, we will meet via Zoom on the following dates:

Tuesday, March 2nd, 3:00-4:30pm – Policing, jails, prisons, and abolition
Thursday, March 25th, 3:00-4:30pm – Housing justice
Tuesday, April 20th, 3:00-4:30pm – Health and healthcare
Tuesday, May 11th, 3:00-4:30pm – Migration and borders

Imaginarium: Comics & Animation

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

The world before us in 2021 requires imagination and creativity as we are called to envision and build a just and equitable society for all.

At their heart, superhero comics are about hope. Hope in the face of adversity, hope in the face of injustice. From Black Panther to Kamala Khan, comics provide the opportunity to reimagine ourselves, our lives, and the society we live in, to create a vision of the future where every day people–you and all of us in the BMCC community–save our world.

Join us to create your own comic telling your story of triumph. Create your own villain and turn yourself into your own superhero.

No experience necessary! We’ll provide a template to create a splash page for our superhero identities.

RSVP for the Zoom link and suggested materials.

Imaginarium: Creative Expression for Everyone is a series of hands-on workshops providing an opportunity for students and other community members to explore the place of creative expression in their lives, tapping into self knowledge and building skills for our current and future planet. Participants create their own works in each session and have the option to create a portfolio of their projects on the BMCC OpenLab

Future workshops

  • Thursday, May 13, 1-2:30 p.m. – Audio/Podcast Recording

We welcome all BMCC community members. Look forward to seeing you there!