York Coronavirus Updates
CUNY Coronavirus Updates
CUNY's Corona Virus (COVID-19) page is available at https://www.cuny.edu/coronavirus/ and updated regularly.
CUNY's social media accounts also provide up to date info:
As we transition to teaching online, the Library continues to offer online services for students and faculty.
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.
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.
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: guides.cuny.edu/oer/repsandguides
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.
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.
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 barcode or your CUNY login information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Free ebooks and online textbooks
Temporary Free Resources
Annual Reviews has opened up several freely accessible collections, including:
Free content related to COVID-19 (temporarily open access to all)
See also York Library's research guide on COVID-19: libguides.york.cuny.edu/COVID-19
Temporary Free Wifi Offers
York 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.