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Research 101 (older version): Borrowing, renewing, and returning library items

WHERE can I borrow and return items?

circulation desk

Circulating books, DVDs, laptops, and calculators can be checked out and returned at the circulation desk on the upper floor of the library, right next to the exit.



Reserve books can be checked out and returned in the reserves room - the room on the upper floor of the library with all the photocopiers.




HOW LONG can I borrow items?

Books from the main reading room downstairs 

These include great non-fiction books you can use for research, whether for class or your personal interests. We also have literature in English and Spanish (with a few books in French and other languages) including novels, short stories, poetry, and graphic novels.

These books may be taken out for 4 weeks at a time (late fine is 25 cents per day).

Reserve books from the reserve room upstairs (in the room with the photocopiers)

  • If there is only one copy, you can use it in the library to make copies of the chapter you need.
  • If there are more than one copy, you can borrow a copy for 7days.
  • Note: you must return the item and wait at least 24 hours before trying to borrow the item again. In this way, we try to afford everyone a fair opportunity to access the textbook.

Circulating DVDs may be taken out for 1 week at a time (late fine is $1.20/day).

Laptops may be taken out for 1 week at a time (late fine is $25/day, $1,300 to replace).

Calculators may be taken out for 3 days at a time (late fine is $10/day).

Please make sure you pay your fines!
If you owe $5 or more in fines, you will not be allowed to borrow anything else from Hostos or any other CUNY college until you have paid.

You also won’t be able to use the library’s databases from off-campus or to request that any book be sent from another CUNY.


What if Hostos Library does NOT have my item?

The library does not have the item I want


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AVOID LATE FINES! Did you know? You can manage your account from anywhere, online.

If you want to check when your book is due, or want to renew it, sign in here.screenshot of CUNY login box

Use the same username and password that you use for CUNY First & Blackboard.

You can also log in via OneSearch, click on the upper-right-hand corner.

sign in from OneSearch upper right hand corner

Your name will now appear in the corner. Click on it!

your name will be here

After you click, the corner will now look like this. Click on "my account".

your name after clicked

You can see all your loans here - you can renew all of them, or click for more details and to choose certain items to renew.

Please note that if someone else has requested your item, or if you've renewed already, you may not be able to renew!

list of books