Circulation and Reserve Services

The borrower's valid CUNY ID and CUNY First account must be presented in order to borrow books or reserve materials. Patrons must have an active Alma account.

Book Loan

Available to:

  • Current York students, faculty and staff
  • Current CUNY students, faculty and staff
  • York Alumni (with valid ID and valid YC Alumni Association card)
  • CUNY retirees (with valid retiree ID card)
  • Students attending the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College (QHSSYC)
  • Students attending the York Early College Academy (YECA) who have completed the 8th grade
  • Prelude to Success Program students
  • York College Honors Program students
  • Empire State University faculty, staff and students

Loan period:

CUNY library patrons receive an initial loan period of sixteen weeks (112 days) for most regular circulating items. Patrons from Empire State University receive sixteen weeks, or up to their school ID’s expiration date, whichever comes first.

All categories can renew four times, except if the book was borrowed prior to January 31, 2023.

Loan limit:

  • Ten (10) items per person

Overdue charge:

  • $.25 per item per day
  • $20 maximum

As of March 16, 2020, all CUNY libraries, including York, have suspended overdue and recall overdue fines except for calculators, laptops, tablets, iPads, DVDs, and reserve materials, all of which are still fined.

Lost book fines:

  • $25 processing fee per item
  • Price in Books In Print or from other authoritative sources
  • $25 per item for out-of-print items

Note: All fines are paid in the Bursar's Office (AC-1H01). Failure to pay fines may result in a block in your records. As per the uniform fines policy set by the Board of Trustees, all faculty and staff are also responsible for overdue and/or lost book charges. When you borrow materials from other libraries (whether through CLICS or ILL), circulation and overdue fines and/or lost book fees of the lending library apply, including for faculty and staff.

Reserve Loans

  • Most items are discoverable through OneSearch
  • A majority of reserve books and materials may be borrowed for two (2) hours and are restricted to use in the Library.
  • A small number of reserve books and materials may be borrowed for three (3) days or for seven (7) days.
  • Only York College students, staff, and faculty may borrow personal copies that instructors have placed on reserve in the York College Library.

Reserve fines:

  • For two (2) hour loans: overdue charge is 10 cents per minute, which is equal to $6.00 per hour. Please note: the fine for removing two-hour loan period reserve material from the Library is $40.00.
  • For three (3) day loans: overdue charge is $20.00 per day; after three days, the charge is $60 plus the cost of the book.


CLICS (CUNY Libraries Inter-Campus Services) is a book delivery service that lets you request a book from any CUNY library, as well as from most SUNY libraries. (Although CUNY and SUNY books borrowed through this resource sharing can be returned at any CUNY library, you must pick up the SUNY book at the library you requested it from.) This is in addition to our traditional Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service, which covers books outside the CUNY and SUNY systems, as well as articles and book chapters.


  • Loan limit: two (2) tapes/DVDs per person
  • Loan period: seven (7) days
  • Overdue charge: $2.00 per day

Laptop/Tablet/iPad Loan

In order to borrow a laptop, tablet, or iPad at York College Library you must:

  • Be a current York College Student with no blocks on your record.
  • Have an active Alma account.

Laptop/Tablet/iPad Loan Information:

  • Laptops are available for 3 hours, while Tablets/iPads are available for 2 hours - devices may only be renewed once by discretion of circulation desk member. On Campus Use Only.
  • You may not reserve a laptop/tablet/iPad for a specific time.
  • A student may borrow only one laptop/tablet/iPad at a time. A student may not borrow a laptop or tablet or iPad together.
  • Laptops/Tablets/iPads must be returned to the Reserve desk and checked in with a library staff member who will verify that the computer is in working order before the borrower leaves the desk. You must allow at least 15 minutes for this verification before you leave.
  • Laptops/Tablets/iPads may be borrowed up to 1 hour before closing, but must be returned before the library closes.
  • All Laptops/Tablets/iPads must be returned 30 minutes before the Reserve desk closes. (See York Library hours)
  • Overdue fines are $15 per hour and $.25 per minute.
  • Each Laptop/Tablet/iPad is loaded with the York’s standard suite of programs.
  • No programs, documents, etc., may be left on the computer. Everything, except for the pre-loaded programs, will be deleted when the machine is returned.
  • Borrowers are responsible for the Laptop/Tablet/iPad. If a device is lost or stolen, the borrower is responsible for the replacement cost of the item at the time it is damaged or lost. If a device is damaged during use, the borrower is responsible for the cost of repairs.

Where can I borrow a laptop, tablet, or iPad in the York Library?

  • Visit the Circulation/Reserve Desk in the Library for laptop/tablet/iPad loans.

Study Rooms

  • Group study rooms are reserved through an automated reservation system. Study rooms can be reserved by mobile or electronic devices. QR codes are located at the Circulation Desk and on study room doors to access the reservation system. After reserving a room in the reservation system, the student must go to the Library’s Circulation/Reserve Desk and present the reservation receipt to the Circulation staff member. Room use, like book use, is tracked during use in the Library's automated circulation system. Failure to enter accurate information may result in serious consequences and restriction of study room access
  • How many people do we need to reserve a room? Groups must be comprised of at least three individuals, with a maximum of eight individuals. The entire group must be present when coming to use the study room.
  • Usage Policies: Rooms are to be left tidy after use. No food or drinks are allowed. Work should be conducted quietly. Take all belongings when vacating the room. No loud music. Do not bring additional furniture into the study rooms. Please apprise staff at the Library's Circulation/Reserve Desk immediately if any damage (including food/water damage) to furniture or equipment is found in the room.
  • Study Room Designation: If you need to use audio or video for group discussion, please select one of the study rooms from the "H Wing Study Room" zone using the reservation system; let Circulation staff know if you have any other specific requirements.

For more information please see CUNY-wide Policies and the University Tuition and Fee Manual