Q. Can I use other colleges' libraries if I'm a Manhattan College student or faculty member?

Answer

If you want to use a library that's a WALDO (Westchester Academic Library Director's Organization) member, and you are a student then you can simply just access the library with your Manhattan College ID, but you will only be able to access their resources on-site, you will not be able to borrow books. If you are a full-time faculty member or administrator, then you can see the circulation desk about getting a WALDO sticker on your Manhattan College ID. If your ID has this sticker on it then you can check out books from WALDO libraries.

If there are other academic libraries in the NYC area that you see in Worldcat have a book that you need that we do not have and that the New York Public Library does not have then you can check if that library is in the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), whose most up-to-date directory will be at the Membership Directory link at their site. If they are, then as Manhattan College is also a member of that council, you have some options.

If you want to access a specific item that is in a METRO library - please speak to a librarian at our reference desk and fill out a yellow METRO referral card for the item that you need. Ask for this card if you need a specific book or item. This is for when that item isn't available in Manhattan College's library and also isn't in the public library. Our library will then call the host library and verify that the title is present in the library and that the patron can be admitted to use it on-site. The host library will determine the length of time the patron can spend with the item. 

If you want to use a METRO library's on-site collection on a certain subject  - please see a librarian at our reference desk to get a blue METRO referral card for subject access to that library. This should only be if Manhattan College's library and the public libraries do not have a collection on the subject that will meet your research needs. Our library will then call the host library and verify that the subject is covered in the library and that the patron can be admitted to use the collection on-site. The host library will determine the length of time the patron can spend with the collection.

Please note that while the Columbia University Library and the New York University Libraries are METRO members, they have restrictive access policies. The research libraries of the NYPL should be checked first to determine if an item is present in those collections before access is requested at Columbia or NYU. Additionally the CUNY Graduate Center Library has less restrictive access policies than those two institutions but comparable collections, so you should probably seek the item you need in CUNY's Graduate Center Library catalog before Columbia or NYU's.

  • Last Updated Jul 25, 2017
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  • Answered By Laurin Paradise

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