Newman Library, Graduate Services

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What to do if Newman Library doesn’t have the book or journal you need.

Posted by lrath on April 24, 2008

Books: You searched the library’s catalog, CUNY+, and Newman Library does not have the book you need. Follow these steps to locate the book:

  1. Check other CUNY libraries. When you are in CUNY+, click on “Select All CUNY Libraries” in the blue bar at the top of the screen. This will search the catalogs of all CUNY libraries at once. If the book is listed at another school, click on the school’s name to view the record. You can then select “Request” and have the book delivered to Baruch (or another CUNY school if you choose). You can only request circulating books. It may take 2 to 3 days for the book to arrive.
  2. Check New York Public Library. NYPL has two catalogs. The LEO catalog is for the circulating public branches and CATNYP is for the research libraries. If you find a book at a circulating branch, then you can usually borrow the book. If you find a book at a research branch, you will have to visit that library to use the item.
  3. Borrow through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan is a free service at Newman Library. Fill out the online form and the library will try to obtain the item from another library. Many of the requested items may be obtained in one to three weeks if available locally. Some material may take longer.

Journal articles: You used the Full-Text journal tool to determine whether the library owns the full-text of an article in one of the library databases, and you find that Newman Library does not have access to the full-text of the article. Please follow these steps:

  1. Check the library’s catalog, CUNY+, to determine whether the library has the journal in print. After connecting to CUNY+, click on “Journal Title Search” in the yellow bar on the top of the screen. (This will search Newman Library and all of the other CUNY libraries at once for the journal.) If you find the journal, make sure the library has the volume and issue you need.
  2. Check New York Public Library. The same applies as in #2 above. However, you are not able to borrow journals. You will need to make a copy of the article at the library.
  3. Borrow through interlibrary loan. (See #3 above.) Usually, you will receive a photocopy of the journal article.
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