Due to essential electrical repairs in the Library & Technology Building there will be no network services, including Internet access and wifi service, in that building and the Annex Building on Thursday, May 15th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Network services are planned to be restored in the building by 8:00 a.m. on the 16th. The building will remain open, its usual hours during the service outage. The library will be open until midnight and circulation services will remain open as previously scheduled until 10:00 p.m. On the rest of the campus network services will operate as normal. The labs on the 6th floor of the Vertical Campus will be open until 11:30 p.m., because the main computing lab in the Library building will be closed during the outage. On Friday, May 16th the library will open at 7:00 a.m. and remain open continuously for final examinations until 11:59 p.m. on May 23rd.

The Newman Library will be closed for periods of time during spring break to allow for repairs due to damage from last year’s water main break.  The schedule below is based on estimates from the contractors.  We may have to make adjustments if the work schedule requires.  Please check the #Alert message at the top of the Library’s home page or the Twitter feed from CIOBARUCH for the latest status.

Monday 4/14: CLOSED

Tuesday 4/15: Open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM ONLY

Wednesday 4/16: Open ONLY from 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Thursday 4/17: Open normal hours (7:00 AM to 12:00 AM)

Friday 4/18: Open normal hours (7:00 AM to 12:00 AM)

Please note that currently enrolled Baruch College students have access to the other CUNY libraries.

The Information and Technology Building (151 East 25th Street) is scheduled to be closed from 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. on four consecutive Thursdays: March 06; 13; 20 and 27. This is due to electrical repair work to be done as a result of the east 26th Street water main break in March 2013. The repairs will require a complete power shut down, which will affect all building systems.  On those Thursdays, to prepare for the loss of power, computer systems, wifi service, and Internet access will start to shut down at 6:00 p.m.  The reference desk will remain open until 9:00.  However, the circulation and laptop loan desks will close at 6:00 along with the student computing lab on the 6th floor.  Currently enrolled Baruch students may use labs on the 6th floor of the Newman Vertical Campus across the street.  We regret the inconvenience caused by these necessary repairs.

The Library has approximately 400 TI-89 graphing calculators available for Baruch College students to borrow for the spring 2014 semester.  Students who are interested in borrowing a calculator must enter their names on a list in ONE of the following ways:

1.  Text the word “calculator” to 877877 and reply to the request for your Baruch e-mail address.  (Message and data rates may apply.)


2.  Enter your Baruch e-mail address on this online form.

Students will be selected at random from the list on January 30, 2014 and notified by e-mail to come to the circulation desk to pick up the calculator.  Students who are selected from the waiting list will have one week from the sending of the e-mail message to pick up the calculator.  Calculators that are not picked up within the week will be distributed at the laptop loan desk on a first-come, first-served basis.  Each student may only submit one entry to the waiting list.  Multiple entries will result in disqualification from the calculator loan process.  Entries must be submitted by 7:00 a.m. on January 30.

In response to a request from Undergraduate Student Government the Library is testing the addition of electrical outlets to the large study tables.  Each unit has 3 electrical outlets plus 2 USB ports for re-charging mobile devices.  The first unit has been installed on a table on the North side of the second floor (see photo below).  If the test is successful and users are satisfied, units will be installed on tables throughout the library.


On November 7 an academic team from Kwansei Gakuin University visited the Newman Library to discuss the future of academic libraries, collaborative programs with faculty, and space planning.  They came to Baruch College after a similar examination of the libraries at Stanford University, Harvard, MIT, and Mount Holyoke.

Arthur Downing, Chief Librarian with visitors from Kwansei Gakuin University

Arthur Downing, Chief Librarian with visitors from Kwansei Gakuin University

To:          Baruch College Community

From:      The Office of Campus Facilities and Operations


Electricity Peak Load Management Reduction Event

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

12:00 pm TO 6:00 pm

Baruch College is participating in The New York Power Authority’s Peak Load Management Program, which requires the curtailment of Electricity.

All departments must turn off all non-essential equipment such as lights, computers, printers, copy machines, etc. – Please note that this includes the equipment in the Library and the computing labs.

  • Escalator and Elevator service will be limited.
  • All windows must be closed.
  • Window AC set points should be raised to 77F.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or comments, please call the Office of Campus Facilities and Operations at

646-660-6030 or Buildings and Grounds Office at 646-660-6630.

New Media Artspace

It may have been the glimpse of a video that caught your eye as you rushed off to the elevator. Or maybe it was a brightly colored sign that caused you to pause on the way to checkout. Or maybe you saw students clustered around a screen on the 3rd floor and wondered… what are those New Media Artspaces?

By renovating the old pay phone booths in the library, the Department of Fine and Performing Arts and Newman created innovative exhibition space for the New Media Arts program. Underexposed, the first exhibition by the first cohort to complete the New Media Arts minor at Baruch, presents works in a range of media such as single channel video, animation, and photography.  Playing through August, Underexposed celebrates our New Media students while raising the profile of the arts at Baruch College.

Check out the current exhibition at the Artspace on each floor of the library, and expect more curated interdisciplinary artworks by international artists, students, alumni, and faculty showcased there soon.

For more information about the exhibition, please visit: www.newmediartspace.info

The Newman Library has acquired a new collection of books on Turkish history and culture through a grant from the Institute of Turkish Studies.  The titles were selected by students in the Baruch College Turkish Student Association.  The books are available for loan and are currently on display in the Engelman Reading Room on the second floor of the Library.

Turkish History Exhibit 7

Professor Kimmy Szeto will join the Newman Library faculty on July 8th as Metadata Librarian.  Since 2007 he has held the position of Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at SUNY Maritime College. Previously he was Metadata Librarian for the Queens Borough Public Library. He has taught in the fields of Mathematics, Music, Geology, and Library Science at Columbia, CUNY, Illinois Institute of Art, University of Illinois, and the University of Chicago.

Professor Szeto holds the following degrees: MLS, Queens College/CUNY; MPhil (Marine Geology and Geophysics ), Columbia University; MA (Earth and Environmental Science), Columbia University; MA (Earth and Environmental Science), University of Chicago; and BA (Music and Mathematical Statistics), Columbia University.  He is an accomplished musician with licenses in both violin and piano performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (UK) and serves as General Manager/Ensemble Librarian for the Argento New Music Project.