Location: First Floor
Phone: 718.982.4011


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.

Student ID cards are issued by the Office of Public Safety (2A room 108); Staff and Faculty ID cards are issued by Parking Services (3A room 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.

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.

Course Reserves

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. Faculty are encouraged to place materials on Reserve two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which they will be required.

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:

My Account

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

Loan Periods

Borrower Loan Period
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

The CSI Library charges fines for lost, damaged, and overdue 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). Questions regarding library fines should be directed to the library’s Circulation Desk (718.982.4011).

Every CUNY library has its own policy regarding charging fines. Please check the CUNY Circulation page to view individual library policies.

Library Fines
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: 10 cents per minute.
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).
Lost Books The price of a new copy of the book plus a $10 processing fee.
Damaged Books An amount to be determined by the nature and extent of the damage, not to exceed the price of the book.
Lost DVDs Price of DVD plus $25 processing fee.