The following may borrow materials from College of Staten Island college libraries:
- CSI students, faculty and staff
- CUNY students, faculty and staff
- Empire State College students and faculty
- CUNY retired faculty
- CUNY START
- COLLEGE NOW
- Alumni of the College of Staten Island (has borrowing privileges only at the College of Staten Island Library)
In order to check out an item
- A validated CUNY ID (Dolphin Card) is required.
- Register for borrowing privileges at the Circulation Desk at the CSI Library
- Borrow and return books to the Circulation Desk at the main entrance of the Library (1L-106).
In order to check out library materials, access your library account, or use course reserves, your college ID must have a library barcode. Library barcodes can be obtained at the Circulation Desk in the library.
Students, faculty, and staff holding a valid Dolphin or CUNY ID card equipped with a library barcode can check out circulating library materials at the Circulation Desk on the first floor. A valid Dolphin or CUNY ID card entitles the card holder to entry and borrowing privileges at all CUNY college libraries. CUNY library users may return CUNY library books to any of the CUNY college libraries.
Students, faculty, and staff can obtain a DolphinCard from the Office of Parking & DolphinCard Services, located in West Administration Building 3A Room 106, during regularly scheduled business hours. Alumni can obtain a CSI Alumni Association ID by contacting the Alumni Affairs Office at 718.982.2290 or alumni@ csi.cuny.edu.
Circulating materials refer to any item in the library catalog marked “Regular Loan”. Circulating items may be renewed twice online or in person. Items marked “Non-circulating”, such as reference books, or “Reserve Loan”, such as course reserves, can only be used inside the library and cannot circulate outside the library.
How Many Books Can I Borrow?
Faculty may request that materials used in their courses, such as textbooks, articles, and CD-ROMs, be placed on Reserve and restricted to in-library use to ensure that their students have access to these resources. Please use the online Course reserve request form(http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/course-reserve-request/) Faculty are encouraged to place materials on Reserve two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which they will be required. Items requested to be placed on reserve may take up to two weeks to be processed.
Students with a valid Dolphin or CUNY ID may borrow reserve items for use inside the library for a two-hour period. Reserve items do not circulate outside the library. To obtain the call number of a reserve item, use the Course Reserves Search or see a Reference librarian for assistance.
You can also search our textbook database here:
Library users can manage their account online via CUNY+, the library’s online catalog. From CUNY+, click on “My Account” and login with your library barcode. “My Account” allows you to:
- Renew books online
- Request books from other CUNY campuses (learn how)
- Recall books that are currently checked out
- Check the status of any of your loans and requests
CLICS and Courtesy Returns
CLICS (CUNY Libraries Inter-Campus Services) is a book delivery service which allows CUNY students, faculty and staff to borrow books from any CUNY library. This service extends only to standard loan materials (most circulating books). Borrowers must follow the lending library’s loan policy. For specific policies of CUNY Libraries see circulation policies of CUNY libraries.
Books borrowed through CLICS may be returned to any CUNY library without traveling back to the lending library. Special loan material, such as reserve and multimedia items, must be returned to the lending library.
|Undergraduate Students||4 weeks|
|Masters Students||6 weeks|
|Doctoral Students||8 weeks|
|CSI Faculty||8 weeks|
|Other CUNY Faculty||8 weeks|
|All Staff||4 weeks|
Library Fines and Replacement Costs
The CSI Library charges fines for lost, damaged, and overdue materials. Borrowers are entirely responsible for returning in good condition all library materials, regardless of circumstances that may occur over the period of the loan. All patrons are subject to fines for overdue, damaged, or lost materials.
Students who have outstanding library fines will have a Bursar stop placed on their account. Bursar stops can only be removed after the fine is paid in person at the Bursar’s Office (2A-105). Bursar Stops can take up to 24 hours to clear. Questions regarding library fines should be directed to the library’s Circulation Desk (718.982.4011) or the Head of Access Services Prof. Andrew Leykam (718-982-4076)..
Every CUNY library has its own policy regarding charging fines. Please check the CUNY Circulation page to view individual library policies.
|Overdue Circulating Books||25 cents per day (including days on which the Library is closed) to a maximum of the current price of the book.|
|Overdue Reserve Materials||2-Hour Reserve Loans: 10 cents per minute (or $6.00 per hour). Reserve materials not returned by the time the Library closes but kept overnight will result in an additional $20 fine per night.
7-Day Reserve Loans: $5 per day (including days on which the Library is closed).
|Study Room Keys||2-hour Loan: A fine of $1.50 will be charged for every 15 minutes the key is late (.10 a minute).
A fine of $50.00 will be charged for a lost key in addition to late fines.
|Recalled Books||$1 per day after the due date.|
|Overdue Computer Software (CDROMS)||$5 per day (including days on which the Library is closed).|
(4 hour loan)
|65 cents per minute (or $40 per hour).|
(3 day loan)
|$1 per day (including days on which the Library is closed).|
(3 day loan)
|$5 per day (including days on which the Library is closed).|
|Replacement Cost||Processing Fee|
|Lost Books||The price of a new copy of the book or $150 dollars if the book is out of Print||$25|
|Damaged Books||An amount to be determined by the nature and extent of the damage, not to exceed the price of the book.||$25|
|Lost DVDs||Price of the DVD||$25|
|Lost Study Room Key||A fine of $25.00 will be charged for a lost key.||$25|
If a borrowed item (i.e. book, calculator, laptop or iPad) is damaged or lost, the borrower will be held responsible for the repair or replacement cost of the damage or full cost of the lost item. If fees are not paid for damaged or lost item, registration will be blocked and transcripts will not be released. Library privileges will also be suspended at all CUNY campuses.
Group Study Rooms
The CSI Library provides eight group study rooms located on the 2nd Floor that are available for two-hour bookings by CSI students working in groups. Group study rooms can be checked out at the Circulation/Reserve Desk on the 1st floor of the library. See the Group Study Room policies page for more information.
Users are blocked CUNY-wide from future borrowing and from remote access to the library’s databases if they have any overdue items, outstanding fines ($5 and above) or lost book charges. Additionally, students who have not returned overdue library materials, or owe fines and replacement fees of $10.00 and above will have a BURSAR Block placed on their account..
If you have a block you can’t register or get an official transcript until you have cleared it.
Bursar stops can only be removed after the fine is paid in person at the Bursar’s Office (2A-105). Bursar Stops can take up to 24 hours to clear. Questions regarding library fines should be directed to the library’s Circulation Desk (718.982.4011) or the Head of Access Services Prof. Andrew Leykam (718-982-4076)..
Circulation Desk Hours
The Circulation Desk closes 15 minutes before the Main Library closes.
All circulation material must be checkout before this time.
For questions or problems the Circulation Desk at 718-982-4011 or the Head of Access Services Prof. Andrew Leykam 718-982-4076.