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.
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.
Asian TV shows and movies online for free. Premium access provides access to additional content and removes ads.
Contains thousands of creator-owned content in many genres from around the world.
- 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
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
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.
Thousands of classic films and documentaries.
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.
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.
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.
- Free access to two of the most respected newspapers in the country!
- New York Times*
- Wall Street Journal*
For more newspapers see our newspapers page.
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.
- 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.