Students and faculty at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies are served by the Mina Rees Library at The Graduate Center, located at 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th St.

The Graduate Center Library provides students with an easy, quick way of accessing computer-based library materials through its internet-based resources. These include electronic research databases and an E-Reserve system where professors can post class related content. Read how to access the The Graduate Center library HERE.

In addition to the Graduate Center Library, students of the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies with a valid CUNY SLU ID have access to the 20 libraries of The City University of New York system. To enter any of the libraries, including the Graduate Center Library, students must present their SLU ID Card along with a valid picture ID.


The Graduate Center’s Mina Rees Library is open online and ready to meet the research and teaching needs of our students and faculty. While the physical library space is not currently available, the library continue to provide access to many library resources and services through the library website.

All library databases, e-journals, and e-books are available remotely. Interlibrary loan is still available for journal articles and book chapters, although requests for books and other physical items cannot currently be processed.

Robust reference assistance is available by email and 24/7 chat via the library website, and subject librarians are available for phone or video research consultations. Additionally, the library will be offering online workshops on Zotero, open access, book publication contracts, and dissertation, thesis, and capstone project deposit. Keep track of library events on the library calendar.

CUNY libraries have also adjusted several policies related to circulating materials. All CUNY libraries have suspended regular overdue fines as well as overdue fines for recalled materials. Also, all CUNY libraries now allow at least nine renewals of circulating items and will automatically renew items checked out to you. In addition, interlibrary loan staff will automatically request renewals of ILL items on your behalf.

The library is working to update its website with full details about remote services. Please reach out to us about your library and research needs. If your research requires im-person access to materials housed at the Mina Rees Library, please contact Mason Brown, SLU Librarian at GC, at


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