CUNY-Wide Resources


To access CUNY-wide resources from off-campus, you must have an activated Library barcode.
  1. Activate your Library barcode
    You must activate your barcode at the Brooklyn College Library Circulation Desk (you've already done this if you've checked out books). Your activated Library barcode will allow you to use CUNY-wide resources from off-campus.

    For an updated list of CUNY-Wide resources, go to: and click Databases. Look for the resources with the CUNY Icon icon.

  2. Access CUNY-wide Resources from off campus
    • From the Library's "Databases" page, click on the CUNY icon to the left of the database you wish to access
    • The CUNY authentication screen should appear next (see below).
      CUNY Authentication Screen
    • Type in your activated Library barcode number (no spaces or dashes) and click "Login"
    • You should be taken directly to the database you chose.
    • Need help? Contact the CUNY Help Desk at or (212) 541-0981.
    For all CUNY and Brooklyn College resources from off campus, see instructions for off-campus access

Technical Problems

Please report any problems you're having accessing CUNY-wide resources from off-campus.
  1. Make sure you are "activated" with Circulation. (If you've ever checked out a book, you're in the system.) Contact Circulation at (718) 951-5335 or
  2. Contact CUNY Libraries Help Desk (who maintain the RPA system) at (646) 664-2311 or

Writing and Research Help

If you need help selecting the best database, check the recommendations on our Research Resources by Subject page.

For further assistance, you may speak with a Reference Librarian:

  • Chat live with reference librarians at Brooklyn College Library.
  • Ask a librarian by email.
  • Call the Reference Desk at the Library: (718) 951-5628.