Skip to Main Content

Research and Study Facilities


CCNY Libraries includes:

  • The Morris Raphael Cohen Library (North Academic Center)

  • The Architecture Library (Spitzer School of Architecture 101)

  • The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Archives and Library (NAC 2/202)

  • The Music Library (Shepard 160)

  • The Science/Engineering Library (Marshak 29)

  • The Center for Worker Education Library (25 Broadway, 7th Floor)

Cohen Library, built around an atrium in the North Academic Center, occupies five floors and houses Humanities, Powell School, and Education materials. The collections are the largest in the CUNY system, totaling more than 1,700,000 books, 901,600 microforms, 27,800 scores and recordings, 8,000 videos and DVDs, and 1.3 million digital images. Designated a federal depository in 1884, the library has 148,826 government documents. The Archives and Special Collections Division contains 4,191 linear feet of official records and historical material on the College in addition to rare books and special subject collections. Digital holdings include 944,121 e-books, 150,000 online periodicals, and 100,000 digital government documents. The library serves the instructional and research needs of undergraduate through doctoral levels and provides study areas, carrels, and computer workstations for students and faculty.

The City College Libraries web site ( provides quick and easy access to digital resources – full text, indexes, dissertations and catalogs – in 236 databases. The OneSearch library catalog provides access to library holdings both at City College and throughout CUNY.

Books and periodicals are arranged on open stacks. The Library of Congress classification is used for the shelf arrangement of most books.Three hundred and fifty computers provide access to digital resources, document preparation software, and the Internet. CLICS, the intra-CUNY borrowing service, allows users to request materials from any library in the University, for delivery to any CUNY library of their choice. Document delivery, Interlibrary Loan, and METRO referrals enable faculty and students to obtain materials from other library collections in the metropolitan area and beyond. MaRLI (Manhattan Research Library Initiative) provides borrowing privileges at NYPL, Columbia and NYU libraries to graduate students who apply to the program. See for more information.

Library faculty provide individualized library service and information literacy instruction on multiple levels, from FIQWS classes through graduate courses. For research assistance, contact us at:

Office of Information Technology

Over the past few years the Office of Information Technology (OIT), overseen by the Vice President and Chief Information Officer, has undergone a dramatic expansion. Major changes have included deploying smart classrooms in Shepard Hall, Marshak, Steinman, the North Academic Center and Harris Hall; extending wifi coverage (to include all libraries); and the creation of the Tech Center.

The mission of the Office of Information Technology is to:

  • Empower the user community to achieve the highest level of academic and administrative success through the effective use of information technologies

  • Facilitate academic innovations in teaching, learning, research and scholarship

  • Deliver excellent technology services in support of City College's mission.

The OIT is committed to collaborating with the college community to provide excellent information technology products and services. We recognize that the College community has the best chance to succeed when we within the OIT strive for excellence and uphold the highest standards in our daily operations.

The OIT is responsible for software applications, hardware support, telecommunications, media services, network infrastructure, instructional technologies and information security. In addition to providing technical support services to the College community we also initiate technology enhancement projects and implement innovative solutions to technology-based issues to improve campus life.

As College populations become more and more technology savvy, the professional skills development of the OIT staff has become extremely important. Technology is constantly evolving, and it seems that every day there is yet another new application released that is meant to simplify business dealings. We are committed to staying current with the high-level trends of technology and their corresponding impact on education with constant training courses for our staff.

The OIT houses two general computer labs to facilitate the technology needs of our students. (1) The North Academic Center (NAC) General Student Lab, which provides 108 Windows-based computers; and (2) The cITy Tech Center, City College’s new state-of-the-art computing, learning and training resource center, located on the ground floor of the Cohen Library in the North Academic Building, room NA 1/301. Re-designed to accommodate student learning in a variety of stimulating configurations. The Tech Center provides the following services:

  • Over 300 workstations

  • Seven printers (five general-use, one color, and one wifi enabled)

  • Ten media study rooms (MSR) with dual-flat panel displays that accommodate from three to six students

  • Fifteen two-person study rooms equipped with Windows or Macintosh desktop workstations

  • Three smart classrooms containing 32, 35 and 50 workstations, high definition projectors, and, in the largest classroom, a podium with AV controls and laptop connections.

  • Over 80 single-use desktop in the open bays

  • Laptop loan program for students' use while using the MSR rooms

The workstations are configured with compatible version of the college’s site-licensed software, including Adobe Creative Suite, Matlab, Microsoft Office Suite, SAS, and SPSS. The spatial configurations accommodate students who choose to work individually, as well as provide incentives for student collaboration.

The Service Desk was revamped in the summer of 2011, expanding services to improve support for the CUNY Portal, Blackboard LMS, laptops, CUNYfirst wireless configuration and access, and act as a central distribution point for campus-wide, site-licensed software to the college community. The Service Desk also provides Tier 1 technical support for students, faculty and staff in the following areas:

  • Technical information technology support

  • Mobile devices

  • Laptop

  • Wireless configuration and access

  • Site-licensed software

  • College e-mail system (Citymail)

  • Registration

  • CUNY Portal

  • Password Reset

  • Blackboard

  • Active Directory log-in

This one-stop shop solution has given the OIT staff a more efficient way of addressing the technology needs of students, faculty and staff.

Call us at 212.650.7878, email us at or come find us on the ground floor of the Cohen Library in the North Academic Building, room NAC 1/301.

For more information on our services and opening hours visit our website:

Our iMedia department provides audio-visual (AV) resources and services in support of academic instruction, scholarly communications, and other activities consistent with the College’s mission.

iMedia provides the following services:

  • iMedia and classroom technology support

  • Audio-visual resources for loan

  • Video conferencing services

  • Video duplication and conversion services

iMedia also provides in-classroom AV technology support for users in smart room locations, video-conferencing services utilizing IP based Polycom equipment, DVD duplication services, VHS to DVD conversion services and a host of AV resources including microphones, document cameras, AV cables, audio and video recorder and playback devices and Mac and PC laptops for loan on a per class or per semester basis.

The College has 115 Smart Classrooms that are outfitted with an LCD projector, projection screen, audio speakers and an audio and video input interface for use with laptops, iPods, document cameras and other AV devices. Our iMedia and Client Services technicians maintain and service this equipment.

Call us at 212.650.5480 or come find us in NAC 5/220.

At City College you will be joining a community devoted to creating and sharing information. Whatever happens you will be a learner, a discoverer, and a technology consumer at City College. You will be using computers and other information technologies for your coursework. We in the OIT are committed to helping you to achieve your full potential and are ready and available to answer any questions at any time.