Instructions for Off-Campus Access

Instructions for Off-Campus Access

To access databases from off-campus, you must be a currently enrolled student, faculty member, or staff member with an active I.D. in the CUNY library system. Check with the circulation desk of your library to make sure your I.D. is active.

When prompted, enter -- without spaces, dashes, or other characters -- your 13- or 14-digit library I.D. (barcode) number, found on the front or back of your I.D. card.

Individual colleges may also employ their own systems of off-campus authentication that require a login that is not your barcode. In that case, please visit your library's website directly.

Library Barcodes for CUNY Central Employees

CUNY Central employees not already affiliated with an individual college must make a special request to obtain a library barcode that can be used with CUNY-wide e-resources. It is also used to borrow books from the CUNY libraries.

Please send an email to the CUNY Service Desk at with the following information:

  • Full name
  • CUNY email address
  • CUNY phone number
  • CUNY office of employment
  • CUNY address

If there are multiple people in your department who require library cards, please batch the requests into one service request for a quicker turnaround.

Please allow up to 2 weeks for the Office of Library Services to process your request and send the library card(s) via interoffice mail. If we have any questions, we will reach out to you directly.

Contact Us

Office of Library Services
205 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017