Answered By: [Prof.] Naomi at FIT Library Last Updated: Dec 10, 2015 Views: 39
NYC has so many public libraries --in three different systems!--and you may find what you want in one of them. Since they are by definition "public", anyone can visit there with no prior arrangements needed, and as an FIT student or employee, you can get a free library borrower's card for each system (New York Public Library for Bronx, Manhattan & Staten Island, Queens Library, and Brooklyn Public Library) even if you live in a different borough or outside of New York City.
As a current FIT student or employee, you have full access--no appointment or referral needed, and including borrowing privileges--to all other State University of New York (SUNY) libraries. (not to be confused with CUNY libraries which are part of a different university system)
If you still want or need to use another college's library, speak to one of the Reference Librarians at FIT. Most NYC-area colleges have reciprocal arrangements, but there are restrictions You'll need a referral card from FIT to get access (ask us about METRO referrals) and you usually can't borrow items-- just use them on premises. Some libraries also limit when you can visit and may limit any single user to a certain number of visits per semester.
If you have some time, you can request specific items that the FIT Library doesn't have through InterlIbrary Loan (ILL)
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