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Resources for Graduate Students: Borrowing Programs

This guide highlights resources available to support graduate-level research at The New York Public Library

NYPL Borrowing Programs

While most Research Libraries materials are available for use onsite only, the following borrowing programs are available.

MaRLI - Manhattan Research Libraries Initiative

The Manhattan Research Library Initiative (MaRLI) is a joint borrowing program between the New York Public Library, NYU and Columbiawhich serves as a means to expand access to our research collections in order to better serve our researchers.  The program offers approved NYPL cardholders with a demonstrable research need the ability to access and borrow materials unavailable at NYPL from NYU and Columbia, and to borrow select NYPL general research materials usually reserved for on-site use. MaRLI members may also borrow select materials from Princeton and Columbia's collections held at ReCAP, through the ReCAP Shared Collection

For more information, please visit NYPL's MaRLI webpage here:

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Services provides access to materials held at libraries outside the NYPL system. Articles may be requested and delivered electronically through this service. For more detailed information, see the Interlibrary Services and Document Delivery webpage here:

CUNY Graduate Center

Because of our long-standing relationship with the CUNY Graduate Center (GC), NYPL offers increased borrowing privileges for GC affiliates, allowing them to borrow select NYPL research materials usually reserved for on-site use.  In order to take advantage of these additional privileges, no additional forms are required: interested GC students and faculty should register by bringing their GC ID card to one of the four NYPL research libraries (the Science, Industry and Business Library, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the Library for the Performing Arts, or the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture) so their records can be updated. GC affiliates may also borrow select materials from Princeton and Columbia's collections held at ReCAP, through the ReCAP Shared Collection

METRO Referral Cards

METRO referral cards provide courtesy access to many academic, school, public, and special libraries throughout New York City and Westchester County. If you are unable to locate an item in the Library catalog, please see staff at an information desk. Bring all citation details with you. Library staff can issue METRO cards referring users to participating METRO libraries.