Frequently Asked Questions
See the “Book Loans” section of the Library Service Advisory for Fall 2020 for the latest update.
All current students, faculty, and staff of any CUNY college may borrow circulating materials from the Newman Library.
Borrowing privileges also available to:
- students of Empire State College
- Baruch Continuing Studies faculty and students (certificate programs only)
- students and faculty of the Baruch College Campus High School
- Friends of the Newman Library in the membership category of Sponsor
A currently validated and barcoded ID card from Baruch or another CUNY school serves as the library card. If your card has expired, staff will request proof of enrollment, such as a bursar’s bill.
Loan periods for books:
- CUNY undergraduate students: 4 weeks
- CUNY graduate students: 6 weeks
- CUNY doctoral students: 8 weeks
- Baruch faculty: 16 weeks
- CUNY faculty: 8 weeks
- CUNY staff: 4 weeks
- Baruch alumni: 3 weeks
- Baruch CAPS faculty: 3 weeks
- Baruch CAPS students (certificate programs only): 3 weeks
- Baruch courtesy card patrons: 3 weeks
- Baruch College Campus High School: 3 weeks
Other items, such as DVDs, textbooks on reserve, laptops, and other high-demand items have shorter due dates. You can log into your library account using the library card number on the lower right corner of your Baruch ID to check due times for any materials you have checked out.
In many situations, you can renew the loan period.
General circulation books may be returned to any CUNY library (reserve items must go back to the library where you borrowed them). Overdue fines can also be paid at any CUNY library.
When the library is closed, there is a return box in the building lobby.
See the course reserves and textbooks page.
Use the call number chart to locate a book’s shelf location.
Any item may be recalled, (requested to be returned by the person who has borrowed it) at any time for assignment to reserve. This is a rush recall, and the item must be returned within one week of the date of the recall notice.
Baruch undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty may also place a hold on a book, which means the original borrower can then keep the book only for a minimum loan period, which is the longer of the original loan period or ten days from the date of recall. Find the item in the library catalog and click “Request.”
The Library Fine and Fee Chart shows the amounts charged for each type of loan. Please note that there is no overall maximum for fines. All overdue charges are per calendar day and per item. When material has not been returned fines accrue even while the library is closed.
Users must immediately report any lost/stolen ID card to the circulation desk, Public Safety, and the Registrar’s office.