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Help From Home Library Resources

Tools for accessing library services and materials from off campus

CUNY Coronavirus Updates

York Coronavirus Updates

York is publishing updates about campus-specific concerns at The library also has a guide on COVID-19.

CUNY Coronavirus Updates            

CUNY's Corona Virus (COVID-19) page is available at and updated regularly.

CUNY's social media accounts also provide up to date info:

CUNY Continuity of Library Services

Accessing Library Resources Remotely

Off-Campus Database Access
To access databases from off-campus, you must be a currently enrolled student, faculty member, or staff member with an active CUNY login. When signing into OneSearch or using any York Library databases, you will prompted to enter your CUNY login information. You may also use the York VPN if you prefer.


CUNY Login

  • If you have trouble with your CUNY login, please see the CUNY Login FAQs.



You may find one these methods easier to use than the other. If you are having any trouble accessing resources remotely, please chat with us for immediate help, visit our FAQs, or email

Ebooks & Textbooks

York Library Ebooks

In addition to many full text ebooks that can be found in OneSearch, York Library also has many new titles available in Ebook Central, EBSCO, and Wiley Online Library. Use your CUNY login or the VPN to access these ebooks remotely.

You can also use the search box directly below:

Free ebooks and online textbooks

  • The University Press community is opening a wide variety of resources, books, and journals to support student learning and scholarly research in this difficult time. More than 80 publishers have contributed information about those open or free access materials here. The Association of University Presses has created a document that lists the presses and where they have made their ebooks available during this time. To browse the list of free resources, visit

Streaming Video Services


Alexander Street Academic Video Collection

  • Full access to over 66,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.

Digital Theatre+

JoVE Science Education

  • JoVE Science Education content includes Biology, Chemistry, and Social Psychology.


  • Selected films available.

Free Research Resources

Temporary Free Resources

Annual Reviews has opened up several freely accessible collections, including:

  • Coronavirus Information Hub: The global outbreak continues partly because neither the disease nor its transmission is fully understood yet. Scientists are working at an extraordinary pace to understand the biology of the virus while developing therapeutics and vaccines. In support of this critical research, Annual Reviews is curating relevant articles to assist the scientific community.
  • Racial Justice Research: AR journals contain highly respected sources of reviews on discriminatory policing of minorities, on bias in the criminal justice system, on inequalities in healthcare, and on other relevant issues. This collection of articles focus on understanding discrimination and its impact, and what must be done to end it. These articles are freely available to download.

Free content related to COVID-19 (temporarily open access to all)

See also York Library's research guide on COVID-19:


York Library Resources

Use the search box below to look for articles from York Library journals & databases:

Information for Faculty

As we transition to teaching online, the Library continues to offer online services for students and faculty.

Library Resources

We would like to remind you that many of the Library’s books and journals are available electronically and are accessible off-campus.

All CUNY Libraries have suspended regular overdue fines, as well as overdue fines for recalled materials.  All CUNY Libraries now allow at least nine renewals of circulating items and will automatically renew items checked out to you.

Interlibrary loan services at York College Library are temporarily suspended.

Reference Questions

We now offer live chat reference. Our summer chat hours are 9am-5pm Mon-Fri. (We will be closed on Fridays from June 26 to August 7, 2020.) You can submit a ticket outside of these hours, and we are also available via email.

Information Literacy

Library faculty can provide instruction online via Blackboard. Please request a class through the form if you would like to explore that option for your students.

Textbooks and Open Educational Resources (OER)

OER resources are especially critical during this pandemic. Our students typically share books or borrow textbooks on reserve, but these options are not available right now. Librarians are available to work with faculty members to locate open access resources and existing library-licensed material to support course instruction. We encourage you to use library resources or open access materials for distance learning courses since students will not have access to physical reserve textbooks.

You may also request electronic versions of course texts using the textbook request form, although many textbook publishers do not offer ebook versions for sale to libraries.

The advantage of OER is that students can access these resources online for free. CUNY Library Services has more information on OER and Zero Cost Textbooks here:

LTI Integration

Every course is equipped with a default library resources page (found under Course Tools as "York Libguides Automagic"). Other guides can be found on our research guides homepage.

To substitute the default Databases by Subject guide with one of the other guides, or a customized guide for your class, please email

Fair Use and Copyright

Copyright experts have put together this guidance, Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research, on fair use during the pandemic. 

Please contact your library liaison with any questions about library resources.

Accessing the Internet / Wifi

Temporary Free Wifi​ Offers

Free Public Wifi (may be less secure)

Chat with a Librarian

Returning Library Books

Ylibrary return book drop located outside york collegeork College Library is closed until further notice, but we will continue to provide resources, services, and consulting online. We are here to support you.

While the campus remains closed, you are not required to return any items you may have checked out. You will not accrue late fees or fines during this time. However, if you would like to return York Library books, you may do so at this time although return options are limited due to campus access restrictions. Summer book drop hours are Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM.



  • Library materials may be returned at the book drop outside the entrance to the loading dock on 160th Street. Campus buildings remain closed and should not be entered.
  • Please do not leave oversized items that do not fit into the book drop.
  • Items returned after May 2020 won’t be removed from your library account until library staff are permitted to return to campus (date currently unknown). Note that all due dates will be automatically extended and late fees will be suspended during the closure. If you have any questions, please contact .
  • If you are located outside the Jamaica area or unable to travel to campus, please keep any materials you have checked out for now. Returning materials by mail is not recommended at this time. When it is safe and libraries reopen, use the most convenient CUNY campus library to drop off or retrieve items.



This guide heavily borrows from excellent guides created by both Lehman College Leonard Lief Library and LaGuardia Community College Library.