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Phone: 718-982-4011

Circulation Desk Hours

The Circulation/Reserves Desk is open the same hours as the CSI Library

Please note: all materials must be retuned to the Desk 15 minutes prior to closing  


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.
    • DUE TO COVID If a dolphin card has not been issued patrons can use the Library for the first two weeks of the semester by providing their EMPLid ID and a photo ID card.
  • 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 16 weeks
Masters Students 16 weeks
Doctoral Students 16 weeks
CSI Faculty 16 weeks
Other CUNY Faculty 16 weeks
All Staff 16 weeks

For a full list of CUNY's borrowing policies, see the Office of Library Service's Circulation Policies page.

Renewing Books

Renewing Loans


  • Regular (book) loans:
    • Length: 16 weeks
    • Quantity: 2 renewals
    • Maximum loan length: 48 weeks

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.

Library Fines and Replacement Costs

The CSI Library charges fines for lost, damaged, and overdue materials. Borrowers are entirely responsible for returning in good condition all library materials, regardless of circumstances that may occur over the period of the loan. All patrons are subject to fines for overdue, damaged, or lost materials.

Students who have outstanding library fines of $25 and above will have a Library stop placed on their account. Library stops can only be removed after the fine is paid in person at the Bursar’s Office (2A-105). Library Stops can take up to 24 hours to clear. Questions regarding library fines should be directed to the library’s Circulation Desk (718.982.4011) or submitted via our Appeals form:

Every CUNY library has its own policy regarding charging fines. Please check the CUNY Circulation page to view individual library policies.

Library Fines
Overdue Circulating Books 25 cents per day (including days on which the Library is closed) to a maximum of the current price of the book.
Overdue Reserve Materials 2-Hour Reserve Loans: 10 cents per minute (or $6.00 per hour). Reserve materials not returned by the time the Library closes but kept overnight will result in an additional $20 fine per night. 7-Day Reserve Loans: $5 per day (including days on which the Library is closed).
Study Room Keys 2-hour Loan: A fine of $1.50 will be charged for every 15 minutes the key is late (.10 a minute). A fine of $50.00 will be charged for a lost key in addition to late fines.
Recalled Books $1 per day after the due date.
Overdue Computer Software (CDROMS) $5 per day (including days on which the Library is closed).
Laptops (2 hour loan) 65 cents per minute (or $40 per hour).
(3 day loan)
$5 per day (including days on which the Library is closed).


(4 hour)

10 cents per minute (or $6.00 per hour).


Replacement Costs
  Replacement Cost Processing Fee
Lost Books The price of a new copy of the book or $150 dollars if the book is out of Print $25
Damaged Books An amount to be determined by the nature and extent of the damage, not to exceed the price of the book. $25
Lost DVDs Price of the DVD $25
Lost Study Room Key A fine of $25.00 will be charged for a lost key. $25

Lost/Damaged Items

If a borrowed item (i.e. book, calculator, laptop or iPad) is damaged or lost, the borrower will be held responsible for the repair or replacement cost of the damage or full cost of the lost item. If fees are not paid for damaged or lost item, registration will be blocked and transcripts will not be released. Library privileges will also be suspended at all CUNY campuses.

Course Reserves/Textbooks

Course reserves refer to textbooks and other materials placed on reserve at the library by a professor for a particular class. Students with a valid DolphinCard or CUNY ID may borrow reserve items to use inside the library for a two-hour period. Reserve items are non-circulating, which means they cannot be taken out of the library. To borrow a reserve item, bring the call number of the item to the Circulation Desk. To find the call number of a reserve item, use the Textbook search below (or on our homepage), or ask a librarian at the reference desk on the 1st floor of the library for help.

Search our Reserves collection for textbooks and assigned course materials:

Faculty and students may request that materials used in their courses be placed on Course Reserves and restricted to in library use to ensure that all students have access to these resources. Please use the Course Reserves Request Form below to place a textbook request. Faculty are encouraged to place materials on Reserve at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Items requested to be placed on Reserve may take up to two weeks to be processed from the time of request.

Since the library purchases textbooks from the CSI College bookstore, the bookstore will need to be contacted in addition to the Library. Not having the textbook at the bookstore will delay processing for Course Reserves.   


My Account

Library users can manage their account online via CUNY+, the library’s online catalog. From CUNY+, click on “My Account” and login with your library barcode. “My Account” allows you to:

  • Renew books online
  • Request books from other CUNY campuses (learn how)
  • Recall books that are currently checked out
  • Check the status of any of your loans and requests

CLICS and Courtesy Returns

CLICS (CUNY Libraries Inter-Campus Services) is a book delivery service which allows CUNY students, faculty and staff to borrow books from any CUNY library. This service extends only to standard loan materials (most circulating books). Borrowers must follow the lending library’s loan policy. For specific policies of CUNY Libraries see circulation policies of CUNY libraries.

Books borrowed through CLICS may be returned to any CUNY library without traveling back to the lending library. Special loan material, such as reserve and multimedia items, must be returned to the lending library.

Group Study Rooms

Group study rooms are available for use for current CSI students.

Each student can book one study room session per day (2 hr session). If there is availability when it is due you can renew for an additional session (2 hr loan max).

The Library has 10 study rooms available for students (8 undergraduate rooms, 2 graduate study rooms). Students can reserve a room for up to 2 hours at a time. A CSI email address is required to make a reservation. For a list of available times, see: The name on your reservation must match the name on your ID. Headphones or earbuds required for audio. 

Study rooms are located on the 2nd Floor that are available for two-hour periods to CSI students working in groups. Registration is required Group study rooms. Affter registration is approved the key can be checked out at the Circulation/Reserve Desk on the 1st floor of the library. Two valid IDs are needed to checkout a group study room. two students mustbe present in the study room at all times, and no more then six.


Group study rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis. Group members can be present a valid CSI ID Card to the Circulation/Reserves Desk staff in order to checkout a study room. The maximum allowed occupancy is six group members, Two students  must be present to both check-out and renew a study room. One student will be checked out the room key and the other student will be checked out a plaque detailing group study room policies.


Undergraduate study rooms: are to be used by a minimum of 2 and no more than 6 individuals. No more than one room can be used by a single group at a given time. If there are more then two individuals present, the room can be recalled and all parties maybe unable to borrow a  study room in the future.

Graduate study rooms: are to be used by a minimum of 2 graduate students and no more than 12 people. No more than one room can be used by a single group at a given time. If there are not two individuals present, the room can be recalled.

Length of Use and Renewals

Rooms are available for up to two hours. Rooms can be renewed if:

  1. There are no other groups waiting to use the room.
  2. The group followed library policy (i.e. noise, food, conduct).
  3. There were the correct number of individuals present in the room during use.
  4. The library staff did not receive any complaints or had to address any concerns.
  5. you have not already renewed the room (there is a limit of one renewal per session)

Renewals can only be initiated in the last five minutes of the rental period and both individuals must be present for renewal.

Noise and Disturbances

We ask that you close the door when the room is in use. Please note that the rooms are not soundproof! Group conversations must not disturb other library users. Violation of noise policy can result in the loss of library privileges. Headphones are required for any audio.

Food and Drink Policy

Food is not permitted in the library, including Group study rooms. Closed drink containers are allowed.

Responsibilities of the Group Study Users

The students registering for the group are responsible for the room key and the condition of the room. They must occupy the room for the entire length of time the room is in use. Please dispose of all trash, return all furniture to its original arrangement, and lock the door on the way out.

Returning Keys and Policy Cards

Keys and Policy Cards are non-transferable and may not be taken outside of the library. Keys and Policy Cards must be returned to the Circulation/Reserves Desk 5 minutes before the expiration of the time allotted and within 15 minutes of the library’s closing. A fine of $10.00 will be charged for every 15 minutes the key and Policy Card is late. A fine of $50.00 will be charged for a lost key and Policy Card.

Violation of these guidelines may result in the loss of library privileges and the future access to study room rental.

Library Blocks

Users are blocked CUNY-wide from future borrowing and from remote access to the library’s databases if they have any overdue items, outstanding fines ($25 and above) or lost book charges. Additionally, students who have not returned overdue library materials, or owe fines and replacement fees of $10.00 and above will have a BURSAR Block placed on their account..

If you have a block you can’t register or get an official transcript until you have cleared it.

Bursar stops can only be removed after the fine is paid in person at the Bursar’s Office (2A-105). Bursar Stops can take up to 24 hours to clear. Questions regarding library fines should be directed to the library’s Circulation Desk (718.982.4011) or submitted via the Library Appeals Form: