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How to Borrow

Who can borrow?

All current students, faculty, and staff of any CUNY college may borrow circulating materials from the Newman Library. In addition, borrowing privileges are available to Baruch alumni, students of Empire State College, Baruch Continuing Studies faculty and students (certificate programs only), students and faculty of the Baruch College Campus High School, and Friends of the Newman Library in the membership category of Sponsor.

What do I need in order to borrow?

A currently validated and barcoded Baruch or CUNY ID serves as the library card. If your card has expired, staff will request proof of enrollment, such as a bursar’s bill.

When can I check out books, laptops, calculators, other items?

  • Books, clickers, DVDs, CDs: check the hours of the circulation desk
  • Laptops: check the hours of the laptop service desk or use the Laptops to Go kiosk when the library is open
  • Calculators: It depends. Call the circulation desk for details: (646) 312-1660.

How long can I keep items that I've checked out?

Loan periods for books:

  • CUNY undergraduate students: 4 weeks
  • CUNY graduate students: 6 weeks
  • CUNY doctoral students: 8 weeks
  • Baruch faculty: 16 weeks
  • CUNY faculty: 8 weeks
  • CUNY staff: 4 weeks
  • Baruch alumni: 3 weeks
  • Baruch CAPS faculty: 3 weeks
  • Baruch CAPS students (certificate programs only): 3 weeks
  • Baruch courtesy card patrons: 3 weeks
  • Baruch College Campus High School: 3 weeks

Other items, such as DVDs, textbooks on reserve, laptops, and other high-demand items have shorter due dates. You can log into your library account using the library card number on the lower right corner of your Baruch ID to check due times for any materials you have checked out.

What if I need items longer than the original loan period?

In many situations you can renew the loan period.

Where do I return my books?

General circulation books may be returned to any CUNY library (reserve items must go back to the library where you borrowed them). Overdue fines can also be paid at any CUNY library.

How do I borrow textbooks or other materials in the course reserve collection?

I found a call number in the catalog. Where can I find the item I need?

Use the call number chart to locate a book's shelf location.

I received a notice that my item was recalled. What does that mean?

Any item may be recalled, (requested to be returned by the person who has borrowed it) at any time for assignment to reserve. This is a rush recall, and the item must be returned within one week of the date of the recall notice.

Baruch undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty may also place a hold on a book, which means the original borrower can then keep the book only for a minimum loan period, which is the longer of the original loan period or ten days from the date of recall. Find the item in the library catalog and click "Request."

How are overdue fines and fees calculated?

The Library Fine and Fee Chart shows the amounts charged for each type of loan. Please note that there is no overall maximum for fines. All overdue charges are per calendar day and per item. When material has not been returned fines accrue even while the library is closed.

Borrowers are responsible for the policies and fines associated with this service.

What do I do if my card is lost or stolen?

Users must immediately report any lost/stolen ID card to the circulation desk, Public Safety, and the Registrar's office.