Using Other Libraries

Access to Area Libraries

Academic Libraries of Brooklyn (ALB)

Brooklyn College is a member of the Academic Libraries of Brooklyn (ALB), an organization of eight Brooklyn-based college libraries. Students, faculty, and staff of any ALB institution are eligible to use and borrow materials of the other member libraries. Ask a Reference Librarian for a pass.

Long Island University

  • 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • (718) 488-1338 / (718) 780-4513

Pratt Institute

  • 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
  • (718) 636-3420 / (718) 636-3704

Polytechnic University

  • Five MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • (718) 260-3530

 St. Francis College

  • 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • (718) 489-5307

St. Joseph's College

  • 222 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
  • (718) 636-6858

The Manhattan Research Libraries Initiative (MaRLI)  provides access to the collections of the research libraries at Columbia University, New York University and the New York Public Library. 

CUNY faculty and PhD candidates who are also New York Public Library users can obtain borrowing privileges by demonstrating that they have exhausted the resources available through NYPL for their projects and need sustained access to the resources of the three institutions.  

To register for MaRLI as an NYPL-affiliated user or for more information about the program, please see the MaRLI website.  

The Brooklyn College Library belongs to METRO, a New York regional cooperative with over 250 member libraries, including most major research libraries in the area.  For a membership directory, click here.

Thanks to METRO, the Brooklyn College Library can provide you with occasional on-site access to these collections when your research requires.  In addition to the four public library systems in the region, some private libraries with specialized collections may be open to the public.  Other libraries are open only under restricted circumstances with a referral from your campus library.  There is an agreement among libraries to grant limited access to private collections for researchers who need materials not found in public institutions.

A METRO card referral in issued by a reference librarian for the use, at a private university such as NYU or Columbia, of a specific book or journal that is not attainable at CUNY, through ILL, or in the public library.  Under another METRO agreement, under very special circumstances, a subject collection may be consulted for a short period.  A METRO referral does not allow the borrowing of the material.  The length of time that a researcher may utilize the material is determined by the host library.  For policies of individual libraries, please consult the library's web site.

Area Libraries & Library Catalogs

Search the library catalog.

Search books, journals, videos, recordings, and other library holdings at Brooklyn College and all CUNY libraries with the CUNY libraries catalog. You may also be interested in the interactive map of all the CUNY libraries. It provides you with personalized directions (driving, walking, and mass transit) to each library.

Search CLIO, the library catalog for Columbia University.

The Brooklyn College Library belongs to METRO, a New York regional cooperative with over 250 member libraries, including most major research libraries in the area.  For a membership directory, click here.

Thanks to METRO, the Brooklyn College Library can provide you with occasional on-site access to these collections when your research requires.  In addition to the four public library systems in the region, some private libraries with specialized collections may be open to the public.  Other libraries are open only under restricted circumstances with a referral from your campus library.  There is an agreement among libraries to grant limited access to private collections for researchers who need materials not found in public institutions.

A METRO card referral in issued by a reference librarian for the use, at a private university such as NYU or Columbia, of a specific book or journal that is not attainable at CUNY, through ILL, or in the public library.  Under another METRO agreement, under very special circumstances, a subject collection may be consulted for a short period.  A METRO referral does not allow the borrowing of the material.  The length of time that a researcher may utilize the material is determined by the host library.  For policies of individual libraries, please consult the library's web site.

Search the catalogs of the branch and research libraries.

Search BobCat, the library catalog for NYU.

Direct links to catalogs for academic, cultural, law, medical, public, and school libraries within 50 miles of the New York City metropolitan area.

Search the catalog of the Queens Public Library from any page of the website, or perform an advanced search.

WALDO is a consortium of academic, public, hospital, and special libraries in Westchester County and New York City. Access member library websites from the member directory.

Other Libraries & Library Catalogs

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Search the library catalog.

Access over 7900 websites from libraries in 146 countries.

Combines the catalogs of thousands of libraries in the US and worldwide. Brooklyn College users can use WorldCat to directly request a book on Interlibrary Loan.  There is also a free version at WorldCat.org

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