Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Library

Library 1L, Room 109

Chief Librarian and Associate Dean, Amy Stempler

The Library is the focal point of the South Academic Quadrangle. The building, with its distinctive rotunda, is the home to five central services: a study center for the campus community; a broad collection of books and journals in the liberal arts and sciences; computer facilities, online services, and databases that serve as points-of-access to informational resources beyond the walls of the Library; an instructional facility for the teaching of information retrieval and information literacy; an Archives and Special Collections unit; and media distribution services in support of instruction.

One hundred and seventy-five computer workstations for student use are available throughout the building. The general reference area is located on the first floor, as is the faculty Center for Excellence in Learning Technology. The second floor leads to the elegant archives facility, the distance-learning center, the document center, the Library instruction facility, and the Media Services unit. The circulating book collection and the print journal holdings are housed on the third floor.

Hours of Service:

Monday–Friday 8:00am–midnight
Saturday 8:30am–9:00pm
Sunday noon–9:00pm

Hours of service during summer session, intersession, and holidays are posted at the Library entrance and on the Library homepage, www.library.csi.cuny.edu.

Borrowing Privileges: Students and faculty from CSI and other CUNY colleges must present current ID cards in order to borrow books. Students and faculty may obtain ID cards from the College Office of Public Safety. Overdue books, lost books, or unpaid fines may result in the suspension of borrowing privileges.

The Collection: The holdings include 245,000 bound volumes of books, 143 online databases (of which more than 50,000 are full text), 155,000 e-books, 215 print journal subscriptions, 53,000 e-journals 3,500 films and videos, 5,000 sound recordings, and 1,300 linear feet of archival materials.

The Online Catalog: The CSI Library is a member of the CUNY-wide integrated library system. Access to CUNY+, the online union catalog portion of the system, is available throughout the campus as well as from offsite.

Reference librarians provide service at the General Reference Desk on the first floor at all times when the Library is open. The Library instruction service includes orientation tours, open workshops, presentations to classes by reference specialists in connection with specific course assignments, and the compilation of bibliographic aids.