Circulation & Reserve Services

The borrower's valid CUNY ID must be presented in order to borrow books or reserve materials.

Once a semester only, and only during the first three weeks of the semester, the borrower's current state ID may be used if the borrower has a valid CUNY ID that is validated for the current semester (and verified in the online circulation system) but is not able to produce it. After those first three weeks, only the borrower's valid CUNY ID will be accepted in order to borrow books or to access reserve materials.

Book Loan

Available to:

  • Current York students, faculty and staff
  • Current CUNY students, faculty and staff
  • York Alumni (with valid ID and valid YC Alumni Association card)
  • CUNY retirees (with valid retiree ID card)
  • Students attending the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College (QHSSYC)
  • Students attending the York Early College Academy (YECA) who have completed the 8th grade
  • Prelude to Success Program students
  • York College Honors Program students

Loan period:

  • York College students - four (4) weeks
  • York College faculty - sixteen (16) weeks
  • York College staff - six (6) weeks
  • York College adjunct faculty - six (6) weeks
  • CUNY students - four (4) weeks
  • CUNY Doctoral students - eight (8) weeks
  • York College Alumni (with valid ID and valid York Alumni Association card) - three (3) weeks
  • QHSSYC students - three (3) weeks
  • Eligible YECA students - three (3) weeks
  • Prelude to Success Program students - three (3) weeks
  • CUNY faculty - eight (8) weeks
  • CUNY staff - four (4) weeks

All categories can renew once except CUNY Doctoral students, who can renew twice.

Loan limit:

  • Seven (7) items per person

Overdue charge:

  • $.25 per item per day
  • $20 maximum

Lost book fines:

  • $25 processing fee per item
  • Price in Books In Print or from other authoritative sources
  • $25 per item for out-of-print items

Note: All fines are paid in the Bursar's Office (AC-1H01). Failure to pay fines may result in a block in your records. As per the uniform fines policy set by the Board of Trustees, all faculty and staff are also responsible for overdue and/or lost book charges. When you borrow materials from other libraries (whether through CLICS or ILL), circulation and overdue fines and/or lost book fees of the lending library apply, including for faculty and staff.

Reserve Loans

  • Most items are searchable through CUNY+
  • A majority of reserve books and materials may be borrowed for two (2) hours and are restricted to use in the Library.
  • A small number of reserve books and materials may be borrowed for three (3) days, but may be borrowed only once per week with a three-day break between loan periods.
  • Only York College students, staff, and faculty may borrow personal copies that instructors have placed on reserve in the York College Library.

Reserve fines:

  • For two (2) hour loans: overdue charge is 10 cents per minute, which is equal to $6.00 per hour. Please note: the fine for removing two-hour loan period reserve material from the Library is $40.00.
  • For three (3) day loans: overdue charge is $20.00 per day; after three days, the charge is $60 plus the cost of the book.


  • Loan limit: two (2) tapes/DVDs per person
  • Loan period: seven (7) days
  • Overdue charge: $2.00 per day

Music CDs

  • Loan limit: two (2) CDs per person
  • Loan period: seven (7) days
  • Overdue charge: $.25 per day

Laptop Computers

The York College Library has a limited supply of laptop computers that may be borrowed from the Circulation/Reserve Desk for use in the library.

To borrow a laptop at York College Library, you must:

  • Be a current York College Student with no blocks on your record.
  • Have a current, validated York College Student ID.
  • Know your Cunyfirst ID.
  • Read, understand and sign the Liability Agreement Form for
    2-Hour Loan.

Loan period:

  • Loan period: Two (2) hours and may only be renewed once by the discretion of a Circulation/ Reserve Desk staff.

Loan limit:

  • Students may not reserve a laptop for a specific time.
  • Students may borrow only one laptop at a time.
  • Laptops must be returned to the Circulation/ Reserve Desk and checked in with a library staff member who will verify that the computer is in working order before the borrower leaves the desk. You must allow at least 15 minutes for this verification before you leave.
  • Laptops may be borrowed up to 1 hour before closing but must be returned before the library closes.
  • All laptops must be returned 30 minutes before the library closes.
  • No programs, documents, etc., may be left on the computer. Everything, except for the preloaded programs, will be deleted when the machine is returned.

Overdue charge:

  • Overdue charge: $15 per hour and $0.25 per minute to a maximum fine of $1,200.

Lost/ damaged laptop fines:

  • Borrowers are responsible for the computer. If a laptop is lost or stolen, the student is responsible for the replacement cost of $1,200.00. If a laptop is damaged, the borrower is responsible for the cost of the repairs.

Study Rooms:

  • The individual borrowing the key is responsible for ensuring that the room remains tidy, the door is locked when leaving and the key is handed back to the staff member at the Library's Circulation/Reserve Desk.
  • Failure to return the room key on time will result in a fine of $0.10 per minute ($6/hour). The fine for a lost key is $10.00. Borrowing privileges will be blocked if overdue fines are not paid.
  • How many people do we need to reserve a room?

    Groups must be comprised of at least three individuals, with a maximum of eight individuals.

  • Usage Policies:

    Rooms are to be left tidy after use.

    No food or drinks are allowed.

    Work should be conducted quietly.

    Take all belongings when vacating the room.

    No loud music or audio allowed.

    Do not bring additional furniture into the study rooms.

    Please apprise staff at the Library's Circulation/Reserve Desk immediately if any damage (including food/water damage) to furniture or equipment is found in the room.

For more information please see Cuny-wide Policies and Revised University Tuition and Fee Manual

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