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Faculty Toolkit

About Our collections

Hostos Library Collections at a Glance:

  • Print books: We have over 50,000 books in its circulating and reference collections. The "Reserves" collection contains nearly 1000 current textbooks and other required texts.
  • Ebooks: Through Ebrary’s Academic Complete collection, Hostos has access to over 70,000 scholarly ebooks. We also subscribe to over 5000 titles to support our allied health, office technology, social sciences, and science, and humanities programs.
  • Journals: Through databases and individual subscriptions, we provide access to nearly 60,000 journals.
  • DVD’s and streaming videos: Hostos has nearly 2000 films on DVD available in it’s audiovisual and leisure collections and we subscribe to streaming services that provide access to thousands more titles.
  • Leisure collections: We make journals, popular reading materials, and DVD’s available to patrons to encourage the joy of reading and watching great films.

Use the OneSearch tool to find library holdings at Hostos and all libraries in CUNY. Or explore our A-Z list of nearly 200 databases. Students, faculty, and staff can borrow books from most CUNY campus libraries through the CLICS system and have them delivered to Hostos Library.

Textbooks on Reserve

Reserve Collections

During the COVID-19 emergency, many Hostos students lost access to a lifeline—the Library’s Reserve Textbook Collection. When the Library is able to safely re-open, we will not be able to offer the short-term loans of reserve textbooks because of the time needed to quarantine between check-outs.

For Textbooks Currently in the Library's Reserve Collection:

The Library can scan selected chapters (required readings) from the physical textbooks in our reserve collection, so that faculty can provide these to students in Blackboard or via another password-protected platform.

Please note:

  • This offer pertains to textbooks that are already physically held in the Reserves collection.
  • We will not be ordering any new items or resources for faculty at this time.

Required textbook readings essentially means selected chapters from textbooks.  All requests will be considered by using copyright law and fair use principles.  Please understand that we will not copy entire textbooks as this is against the law.

  1. Faculty must submit a request form specifying their required readings.
  2. The Library will provide only one scanned copy of each "required" textbook reading to the faculty member teaching the course.
  3. The faculty member will then post the reading in Blackboard or via another online learning platform
  4. All enrolled students will now have access to required textbook readings by way of the online learning platform. We will not scan for students.

We are short staffed at this time but will work to fully accommodate faculty requests. Requests will be processed as they are received. Please send any inquiries to Mrs. Santa Ojeda, Reserves Manager at

Zero Textbook Cost Alternatives

Hostos Library has been working for several years in partnership with teaching faculty to research, adopt, and/or create alternatives to high priced textbooks. Use the link below to learn more.

Student Access to Database Articles in Blackboard

To give students access to any of the Library’s subscription articles in Blackboard, you can build a link that will ask them to login with their Hostos Library account.

The link will be made up of two parts: the “proxy string” and the “permalink” (stable URL) of the article. The proxy string is always the same ( ) and then the article’s permalink is pasted in right after that equals sign (=). To retrieve an article’s permalink, follow these steps:

  1. Search for the article in OneSearch (
  1. From the OneSearch results page, click on the ellipses (...) next to your item.

onesearch result with ellipses highlighted

  1. Click on the "Permalink" button to generate the link; press Ctrl+C to copy to your clipboard -- this will be the end of your link.

onesearch result with permalink icon highlighted

Example with "proxy string" + "permalink":

CLICS and Inter-Library Loan (getting resources from other libraries)

CLICS -- Borrow from any CUNY library

Any circulating item within the CUNY system may be ordered and designated for pickup at any CUNY library.

  1. Search for materials in OneSearch, with "all CUNY" selected (link below)
  2. Click on the title of an item, and then scroll down to "Locations"
  3. Sign in with your barcode, and choose your pick-up location

For more detailed information, see the helpful FAQ from the Grad Center Library or the student-friendly explanation with screenshots in our Research 101 guide (links below).


Inter-Library Loan -- Get an item that is not available through CUNY

You may request an item that is not within any CUNY circulating collection through Tipasa, the Inter-Library Loan system (link below).

Note: to order books through Tipasa, you must make an account with your name and EMPL ID.

Inquiries and Input for Collections

Faculty Input for Collection Development

If you have any other questions about our collections in your subject area, or suggestions for materials to add to our circulating collection, please contact the liaison librarian for your discipline.