BMCC Library now offering a book pick-up service

Faculty, students, and staff have access to the BMCC Library’s collection through a new book pick-up service. Books 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 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.

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

Policies

  • 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.
  • Books can be picked up twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday, 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.

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: https://bmcc-cuny.libcal.com/event/6900601

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.

New! Connect to Library Resources using CUNY Login

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You can now connect to library resources from off campus using your CUNY Login!

All BMCC students, faculty, and staff should have active CUNY Logins. This is the same login used for CUNYFirst and Blackboard. If you are trying to login and forgot your username or password, please go here to reset.

If you have any questions please use the chat box on the right hand side of this page or email us.

Library instruction is online!

The BMCC Library continues to provide library instruction while classes are being offered remotely. Depending on what you need for your course, library faculty can deliver synchronous and asynchronous content. 

We are committed to working with faculty and students to make the most of our new learning environment. Please see our instruction page for more information.

Returning books, DVDs, and calculators

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We encourage you to hold on to any books, DVDs, or calculators that you have checked out from the Library until we reopen. However, if you prefer you can return any library materials you have borrowed from the BMCC Library, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10am to 1pm in the Gym at 199 Chambers.

  • We will accept any library materials you have checked out, including those from previous semesters. 
  • All fines and fees will be waived regardless of how overdue the book is. 
  • We will also accept books from other CUNY Libraries but we will not be able to waive fines for those.
  • We will continue to accept all library materials once the Library opens, but we will not be waiving fines on long overdue items at that time.
  • There will be no fines or fees charged for overdue books, DVDs, or calculators related to the spring 2020 and summer 2020 semesters.
  • You may also mail library materials back by sending them to BMCC Library, 199 Chambers Street, S410, New York, NY 10007. 

To return books borrowed from the Library:

  • You must use the entrance at 100 North Moore Street and proceed to the gym. Public Safety will direct you to the section for dropping off books.
  • Please note, this is not an accessible entrance. If you do not feel comfortable navigating the steps, please contact us so we can arrange to have Public Safety meet you at the bottom of the steps. 

If you rented books from the BMCC Bookstore, please follow this process to return them.

If you have any questions please email us or use the chat box on the right side of this page.

Summer reading, watching, and listening for free!

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Our guide provides some of the best options to keep you occupied this summer! Do you know of others? Let us know via email or 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 chat 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. As of May 2020, Archive of Our Own hosted 6 million works in over 36,700 fandoms.
  • Crunchyroll
    Massive 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.
  • Viki.com
    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.

Art

  • Frick Museum
    Short talks by curators on great masterpieces in their collection. They also have two series of talks: “Travel with a curator” and “Cocktails with a curator.”
  • MoMA Online Courses
    Immerse yourself in ideas and see your world in new ways through art in MoMA’s free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Coursera.
  • Visit some of the best museums in the world from the comfort of your home. Take virtual tours of 10 world-class museums!

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

Learn a new language

  • Babbel for Students
    Babbel is offering three months of free language learning to U.S. students through mid-June 2020 in any of its languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Turkish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Indonesian, and English
  • Mango Languages*
    An interactive learning platform to build language skills; provides conversational language skills through lessons and film.

Movies

  • Kanopy*
    Thousands of classic films and documentaries.
  • 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.

Music

  • MetOpera
    The Metropolitan Opera will be streaming its encore performances throughout the duration of its closure. All “Nightly Met Opera Streams” will begin at 7:30pm and will remain available via the homepage of metopera.org for 20 hours.
  • 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.

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Theater

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

More!

  • 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

Get Reference Help by Chat

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The Library’s Reference Desk has moved online! You can get help from our librarians right now by one of three ways:

  • You can chat with us using the box on the right-hand side of all of our pages
  • You can send us a text message (SMS) at (646) 798-7510 (Standard message rates may apply)
  • You can send us an email

The best time to send your questions are during our online help hours, but you may send a message at any time. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

If you don’t want to wait, some of our most frequently asked questions are answered here.