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Library resources and services during COVID-19 crisis

NOTE: the Hostos Library is closed during Winter Session.

The Library will re-open for Spring Semester on January 28.

In the meantime: Get help from a librarian using our Library Chat LIVE! service, available during these online chat hours, or email us at

We continue to have services and resources online. 

Online resources available 24/7:


Need additional one-on-one help with your research?


Need a laptop or WiFi hostpot?  

(Last update 8/25.) The college's "Ready Checklist: Students" webpage has links related to all of students' technology questions and more! This includes links to request a laptop or WiFi hotspot.


Need a textbook or other required reading? 

Our regular system of reserves (textbooks handled and photocopiers touched by many people throughout the day, people crowded into an enclosed space) is not safe to reopen. Because we know you need your required texts, we've reached out to your professors to ask them to help us enable them to upload readings into Blackboard. Ask your professor if they've already contacted us to arrange for the scanning of readings so that they can include them in Blackboard. 

If you want to search for other options (other libraries, or less expensive textbook vendors), please see our textbook-hunting advice page. 


Do you have a book borrowed from the library? 

There will be no overdue fines for any item checked out since March 2020, and all loans have been automatically renewed. (Any fines that existed before March 2020 will be handled on a case by case basis — please contact if this applies to you.) 

However, if you would like to return your book, as of Nov. 23, 2020 you can do so (by appointment only) — click here for details


Faculty! Please click here

Last updated Aug 30, 2021.

Contact us

Circulation desk: (718) 518-4222

Reference desk: (718) 518-4215

Library liaisons for departmental faculty (click on name to send email)

About Us

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Our mission

Our vision of the Hostos Library is that of a centralized empowerment zone focused on a student-centered, active learning environment. At the heart of our mission is our duty and role to provide students with critical skills in order for them to be successful in their academic and life pursuits, and all of our programming, collection development and instructional activities are founded on this belief.

As an academic department, the Hostos Community College Library functions as a dynamic center of teaching and learning. The Library provides information literacy tools that enhance the pursuit of knowledge by teaching our college community to retrieve, critically evaluate and synthesize information for academic, professional and personal pursuits.

In this thriving urban environment, we partner with each academic department to broaden and contextualize all areas of study, selecting and using the necessary instructional materials, related equipment and services that will assist the college in meeting its educational, cultural and social obligations.

All students should graduate from Hostos Community College with the ability to formulate a research question or problem, to determine its information requirements, to locate and retrieve the relevant information, to organize, analyze, evaluate, treat critically and synthesize the information and to communicate and present that information in a cohesive and logical fashion. 

Moreover, every student should graduate from Hostos understanding the ethical, legal and socio-political issues surrounding information and knowledge and how it is produced. The students here attending college in the South Bronx must be afforded an equal opportunity to acquire these skills if they are to participate as equal members of society in the 21st century.

The library faculty supports an environment of free and critical thought to realize the goals of a bilingual, metropolitan and multicultural community college.

[statements excerpted from our mission statement and statement as a recipient of the Association for College and Research Libraries 2007 Excellence in Libraries award.]