CuPL – CUNY Libraries Branch Out!
by Professor Mark Aaron Polger, First Year Experience Librarian
CuPL: CUNY Libraries Branch Out is a collaborative effort between librarians at the City University of New York, and librarians in the public libraries throughout NYC. The goal is to enhance use of systems across institutions and make current, former, and future students aware of local resources for academic research success as well as lifelong learning.
In celebration of September as “Library Card Signup Month”, staff from the Richmondtown Branch of the New York Public Library (NYPL) system came on September 27th to promote their branch, give away free swag, provide information about NYPL services, and sign up new library cards. Library patrons who sign up will have access to branches across Staten Island, Manhattan, and the Bronx. Brooklyn and Queens have their own public library system separate from NYPL.
The event was festive as over a hundred people signed up for library cards and there were many giveaways. Photos were taken and posted to Facebook and Instagram and many students were very happy. Moving forward, the CSI Library hopes to continue the tradition of having the NYPL branches on Staten Island visit the library rotunda more frequently. This public library partnership is very important since so many of our students are unaware of the differences between academic and public libraries and how they complement each other.
The NYPL first came to visit the CSI Library in Spring 2016 and after this September visit, we have decided that they will be making regular visits twice a semester promoting library cards and public library usage. We look forward to seeing them back the second week of December.