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Frequently Asked Questions


The following may borrow materials from College of Staten Island college libraries:

  • CSI students, faculty and staff
  • CUNY students, faculty and staff
  • Empire State College students and faculty
  • CUNY retired faculty
  • Alumni of the College of Staten Island (has borrowing privileges only at the College of Staten Island Library)

In order to check out an item

  • A validated CUNY ID (Dolphin Card) is required.
  • Register for borrowing privileges at the Circulation Desk at the CSI Library
  • Borrow and return books to the Circulation Desk at the main entrance of the Library (1L-106).

Your 8-digit EMPLid is required In order to check out library materials. Your CUNYFIRST login is required to access your library account, or request items from other CUNY LIbraries. (the library is no longer using barcodes that need to be obtained at the circulation desk)

Students, faculty, and staff holding a valid Dolphin or CUNY ID card equipped with a EMPLid ID can check out circulating library materials at the Circulation Desk on the first floor. A valid Dolphin or CUNY ID card entitles the card holder to entry and borrowing privileges at all CUNY college libraries. CUNY library users may return CUNY library books to any of the CUNY college libraries.

Students, faculty, and staff can obtain a DolphinCard from the Office of Parking & DolphinCard Services, located in West Administration Building 3A Room 106, during regularly scheduled business hours. Alumni can obtain a CSI Alumni Association ID by contacting the Alumni Affairs Office at 718.982.2290 or alumni@

Circulating materials refer to any item in the library catalog marked “Regular Loan”. Circulating items may be renewed twice online or in person. Items marked “Non-circulating”, such as reference books, or “Reserve Loan”, such as course reserves, can only be used inside the library and cannot circulate outside the library.

How Many Books Can I Borrow?

There is a limit of ten (10) books per day, with no total limit throughout the semester. *It is possible to have books with different due dates, you are responsible for when they are due.

Loan Periods for Circulating Books

Loan Periods
Borrower Loan Period
Undergraduate Students 4 weeks
Masters Students 6 weeks
Doctoral Students 8 weeks
CSI Faculty 8 weeks
Other CUNY Faculty 8 weeks
All Staff 4 weeks

Renewing Books

Renewing Loans

Can I renew items I have checked out?
You can renew the loan period for something if no hold has been placed on it by another user, if you have not reached the maximum number of renewals, and if your account is in good standing. To avoid overdue fines and blocked renewals, renew items on or before the due date. Reserve items, laptops, DVDs, and other selected items may not be renewed online.

How do I renew?
Library users can manage their account online via the One Search portal. Click on "Sign In" on the top right-hand side of the page and log in with your library barcode.:

  • Type your library ID number (found on lower right corner of Baruch IDs) in both boxes (the "Barcode" and "Password" boxes)
  • Click "loans" to retrieve a listing of books you've borrowed
  • Click the number to the left of the item you wish to renew
  • If the item is eligible to be renewed, the word renew will be underlined below the date due
  • Clicking on the underlined word will renew the item and a new due date will appear
  • Log out by clicking End Session

Why am I unable to renew?
Renewals will not be granted if:

  • the title has been requested by another patron
  • the item is long overdue
  • the renewal limit has been exceeded
  • there is a block on the your record

Note: Patrons can renew an item 2 times. Renewals will not be granted if the item is overdue, renewal limit has been exceeded, there is a block on the borrower’s record, or the item has been requested by another user (has a hold on it). Reserve items cannot be renewed.