Fourth Floor Reopens Partially

Compact shelving with booksThe north side of the fourth floor has reopened for use.  The books on that floor are now stored on new mobile high-density shelving.  Library users who do not have experience with this type of shelving should ask a staff member at the circulation desk on the 2nd floor for assistance with retrieving a book. The south side of the floor, including the study rooms, remains closed until the  completion of the stack renovation project.  Public Safety has placed caution tape around the perimeter advising users not to enter that area.

Temperature in the Library Building

Library Book StacksLibrary users may be wondering why the building has become so warm.  It is not due to the level of heating that the College is using during the winter.  It is actually due to the shutdown of cooling in the building for necessary maintenance.  One of the many projects currently underway to maintain our campus involves piping replacement in our building.   The contractor must replace hundreds of feet of pipe within the basement and shafts of the building. They have scheduled the project to have the heating side of the piping replaced in the summer, and the cooling side replaced in the winter.  We are now in the process of replacing the cooling side of the system. Building and Grounds has some ability to control the temperature within the space however, the unusually warm days that we have experienced this winter present a challenge.  Users may want to explore other study areas on campus as necessary.

Library Services for Spring 2022

Newman Library ExteriorBelow is a summary of our service changes for Spring 2022, which begins on January 28.   If there are additional changes during the semester, they will be posted here.

Access to the Library:  To enter the library, users must present a valid CUNY ID card and a CUNY Cleared4 Access Pass that shows the status “Cleared for CUNY Access” for the day of entry.  The CUNY mask mandate was lifted effective March 7.  For the spring 2022 semester access to the Library is limited to current CUNY students, faculty, staff, and retired faculty.

Library Hours: The hours are posted on the library’s hours page.

Reference Service: The on-site reference desk is staffed according to the hours posted on the Library’s hours page.   24×7 service is provided via the chat service form that appears on the library’s home page.

Book Loans: Users may borrow books on site.  The circulating books in the call number range F – N must be paged by library staff due to a book stack renovation project.  Users may request that books be held at the circulation desk for pickup by:

  • using OneSearch on the library’s home page to identify the book in the catalog;
  • selecting the Baruch copy and clicking “request”.
  • Note: Books will be paged from the stacks at least once daily and placed on hold.

Books on Reserve & Textbooks: Loans of books on reserve for courses are transacted at the main circulation desk and the robotic book lending kiosk.

Computers in Library: The desktop computers in the library are not available.  Users are expected to bring their own device or borrow one from the equipment loan program.  Desktop computers are available in the student computing lab (Kaplan Center) on the 6th floor.

Printing: The printers in the Library are available for use.  Send a job to the printer from your own device anywhere by uploading it at printing.baruch.cuny.edu.  Please take advantage of our remote printing service by submitting your job before you come to the library. That way you will be able to just walk to any printer and release the job.  There is no need to wait in line in the library to submit a print job.

Group Study Rooms: All the study rooms in the library are available to students on a first-come, first-served basis.  Keys are loaned at the circulation desk on the 2nd floor.

Calculator Loan:  The circulation desk in the library has a limited number of calculators that will be loaned for the semester on a first-come, first-served basis.

Equipment Loans (laptops, iPads, etc.): Equipment loans are transacted at the technology loan desk on site in the Library.  The items available for loan and the associated loan periods are listed on the Library’s technology loan services page.  A few items are available for semester-long loan while supplies last.  They may be requested using the equipment loan form.

Book Returns: The book drop is available in the lobby outside the Library to enable users to return books without having to enter the library.

Equipment Returns: Laptops, iPads, Chromebooks and other types of equipment should be returned at the technology loan desk.  Please do not place these in the book drop.  Contact technologyloan@baruch.cuny.edu for assistance with special circumstances.

Interlibrary Loan: Interlibrary loan service is available.  Details are posted on the ILL service web page.

Scanning Stations: The scanners are available on the second floor of the library.

Course-Related Lectures: The Library’s faculty will continue to provide research sessions for classes in other academic departments.  Instructors who request a session from the Library should expect that it will be delivered remotely via Zoom.

C-SPAN Broadcasted Program with Library’s Distinguished Lecturer, Ralph Blumenthal

CSPAN info page for FDR & the Supreme CourtC-SPAN2 broadcasted a recorded program on Franklin Roosevelt and the Supreme Court that was hosted by the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum on September 17, 2021.  The participants are Ralph Blumenthal, Distinguished Lecturer in the Newman Library, John Barrett, Professor at St. John’s University Law School, and FDR library director Paul Sparrow, who leads the discussion.  The dates that the program aired are listed on the CSPAN web site along with  a link to the recording.

Library Services in Fall 2021 and Winter Session 2022

Newman Library ExteriorThe Newman Library reopened to users on August 25, 2021.  We are happy to welcome everyone back!

Below is a summary of our service changes for Fall 2021 and Winter (January) 2022 Session.   If there are additional changes during the semester, they will be posted here.

Access to the Library: In Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 Session the library is open only to students, faculty, and staff of Baruch College and CUNY School of Professional Studies due to a limit on seating capacity to provide sufficient social distancing. The Library keeps a running count of occupancy throughout the day.  When the occupancy limit is reached no one may enter the library until someone exits.  Users must comply with the University’s mask mandate.  The fourth floor of the library is inaccessible at this time due to a book stack renovation project.

Library Hours: The hours are posted on the library’s hours page.

Reference Service: The on-site reference desk is staffed according to the hours posted on the Library’s hours page.  Due to the seating capacity limit in the library, we strongly recommend that users consult our live chat reference service, which is available 24×7.  The chat service form appears on the library’s home page.

Book Loans: Users may borrow books on site.  The circulating books in the call number range F – N must be paged by library staff due to a book stack renovation project.  Users may request that books be held at the circulation desk for pickup by:

  • using OneSearch on the library’s home page to identify the book in the catalog;
  • selecting the Baruch copy and clicking “request”.
  • Note: Books will be paged from the stacks at least once daily and placed on hold.

Books on Reserve & Textbooks: Loans of books on reserve for courses are transacted at the main circulation desk and the robotic book lending kiosk.

Computers in Library: The desktop computers in the Library are not available.  Users are expected to bring their own device or borrow one from the equipment loan program.  Desktop computers are available in the student computing lab (Kaplan Center) on the 6th floor by appointment.

Printing: The printers in the Library are available for use.  To achieve social distancing, every other printer is operational. Cleaning supplies are in the printing areas.  Send a job to the printer from your own device anywhere by uploading it at printing.baruch.cuny.edu.  Please take advantage of our remote printing service by submitting your job before you come to the library. That way you will be able to just walk to any printer and release the job.  There is no need to wait in line in the library to submit a print job.

Group Study Rooms: All the study rooms in the Library are available to students on a first-come, first-served basis.  The doors to the rooms are kept unlocked, so there is no need to borrow a key at the circulation desk.  The rooms are intended for individual students to attend an online class while they are on campus.  However, multiple students may use a room if masks are worn.

Calculator Loan:  In Winter 2022 Session the circulation desk in the library has a limited number of calculators for loan.

Equipment Loans (laptops, iPads, etc.): Equipment loans are transacted at the technology loan desk on site in the Library.  The items available for loan and the associated loan periods are listed on the Library’s technology loan services page.  A few items are available for semester-long loan while supplies last.  They may be requested using the equipment loan form.

Book Returns: The book drop is available in the lobby outside the Library to enable users to return books without having to enter the library.

Equipment Returns: Laptops, iPads, Chromebooks and other types of equipment should be returned at the technology loan desk.  Please do not place these in the book drop.  Contact technologyloan@baruch.cuny.edu for assistance with special circumstances.

Interlibrary Loan: Interlibrary loan service has resumed, but borrowing from other institutions still has limitations due to Covid-19.  Details are posted on the ILL service web page.

Scanning Stations: The scanning stations are not available at this time.

Course-Related Lectures: The Library’s faculty will continue to provide research sessions for classes in other academic departments.  Instructors who request a session from the Library should expect that it will be delivered remotely via Zoom.

Access to Book Collections While High-Density Shelving Installed

Newman Library Book StacksThe fourth floor of the Newman Library is currently inaccessible due to a shelving modernization project.  Library staff will retrieve items in the F – N call number range.

Users may request that books be held at the circulation desk for pickup by:

  • using OneSearch on the library’s home page to identify the book in the catalog;
  • selecting the Baruch copy and clicking “request”.
  • Note: Books will be paged from the stacks at least once daily and placed on hold.

The stationary shelving on the fourth floor is being replaced with mobile high-density shelving that will create additional seating areas for students and consolidate the collections for easier access.  This project follows the Library’s facilities master plan, which guides changes to the Library space to accommodate the needs of our students.  Status reports on the project and the timeline will be posted below.  While the hard copy books are unavailable, Baruch users will still have access to hundreds of thousands of e-books that the Library holds in its digital collections.  In addition, Baruch students, faculty and staff may contact the library to obtain items that are not currently owned.

Update 6/4/2021:

The large tables on the fourth floor have been removed to make room for the compact shelving and the books are being packed for storage.Library Books Packed for StorageLibrary books packed fro storage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update 7/19/2021:

The installation of the track for the mobile high-density shelving has begun.  The date for the completion of the project has been revised to  September 30, 2021.

Update 9/8/2021

The installation on the south side of the 4th floor is almost complete and work has begun on the north side.

Compact shelving with books

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update: 09/15/2021

The north side is finished and the books from the 4th floor have been consolidated on that side.  The removal of the south side legacy stacks is now underway.

mobile shelving on fourth floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Library 4th floor with shelving removed

How to Reserve a Quiet Study Space on Campus (Obsolete)

Dining Hall

NVC Dining Hall as Quiet Study Space

FALL 2021 UPDATE:

With the reopening of the campus, reservations are no longer needed to use the cafeteria and multi-purpose room.  Seats are available to students on a first-come, first served basis.

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[This service ended with the reopening of the Campus in Fall 2021.]

Baruch College is providing quiet study spaces for students.  At this this time there are 2 locations on the first floor of the Newman Vertical Campus:

  • Multi-Purpose Room – 21 seats
  • Dining Room/Cafeteria – 37 seats

Students may reserve a seat in either space for a four-hour time slot (8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) using the reservation system.

Users of the quiet study spaces must follow the University’s Student Conduct Protocol.

Please note that quiet study spaces are not in the Library or managed by the Library.

The Quiet Study spaces will be cleared of all occupants at 12:00 noon each day for cleaning before the afternoon session. The spaces will be cleared again at 6:00 p.m. to clean them for use on the following morning.

No food or drink may be brought into any of the Quiet Study spaces.

Students who use the multi-purpose room should use the 25th Street entrance to the Newman Vertical Campus.  Students who use the Cafeteria space should use the 24th Street entrance.

Submission of a reservation request will generate an automated email response with instructions to download the Everbridge health screening app. Visitors must complete a Symptom Checker in Everbridge on the day of each visit to ensure that the information provided is current. To gain entry, the visitor must show a result approving access, and a valid Baruch identification card to Public Safety officers. The ID Center is open on a regular schedule to issue ID cards to new students.

All students  have been pre-registered with Everbridge. Please follow the instructions below to set-up your account in advance of your visit.

Instructions for Using the Everbridge Health Screening App

The Everbridge app is available for your smartphone in the associated app stores: Apple Store and Google Play. Please use this Instructional Guide for accessing and using the app. Visitors should follow the Visitors’ Guide for instructions on entering the campus.

One-time Setup for Everbridge

  1. Navigate to the App store on your phone and search for Everbridge.
  2. Download, install, and open the Everbridge app.
  3. Click Find an Organization or subscription button on the Everbridge splash page.
  4. Search for CUNY. Select the CUNY – Health Screening option. Do not choose NYAlert.
  5. You will be taken to the CUNY Web Applications Login page. Log in using your CUNYLogin credentials. (Username: Firstname.Lastname##@login.cuny.edu)
  6. Set your notification preferences and click the Done button.

Completing a Symptom Checker in Everbridge

  1. Within the Everbridge app, click the Shield icon in the bottom right corner. If you do not see the Shield icon, restart the app.
  2. Click the Symptom Checker icon.
  3. Go through the questionnaire, answer all five questions, and click Submit.

Library Service Advisory for Summer 2021 (Obsolete)

Fall 2021 UPDATE: This service advisory no longer applies. Please refer to the Newman Library web site for current status of user services.

The Newman Library is providing its services remotely during the summer 2021 semester.  This advisory will be updated to contain the most current information about Library services in case circumstances change during the semester.

Please note that overdue fines are not being charged for books and equipment on loan.  Please feel free to hold onto the books, calculator, or laptop that you borrowed.  If you need to return an item please read the options provided in a separate news post.

  • Library Hours – The Library space is closed.  Baruch students are able to schedule time in one of the designated quiet study areas on campus.  The details are on a separate news page.  Please note that the quiet study spaces space are not in the library or managed by the library.
  • Reference Service – Use the “Ask a Librarian” app on the Library’s home page to chat live, email a question, or schedule a research consultation.
  • Book Loans – From off campus use our extensive digital collections.  Our circulating collection is unavailable due to a stack renovation project.  For details, please see the separate news post.
  • Inquire about Borrowed Items – Contact the Circulation staff via email circulation@baruch.cuny.edu
  • Technology Loans – Requests may be sent to technologyloan@baruch.cuny.edu.  Loaned equipment will be available for pick up from the library by appointment only.
  • Calculator Loans: To request the loan of a calculator, please contact technologyloan@baruch.cuny.edu. Please note that Texas Instruments has discontinued its free emulator trial, but still offers a free Chromebook extension through July 2021,  Students may want to consider downloading an app through iTunes or the Play Store.
  • Access to Internet and WiFi: Baruch students who need Internet access may reserve a seat in one of the designated quiet study areas on campus.
  • Printers: While the Library is closed to users the printers are not available.  With classes now online, students are submitting their course assignments in a digital format through Blackboard or another method specified by the instructor that does not require a hard copy.

Returning Books, Laptops and Calculators

Student reading a book in the stacksThis post was updated on May 25, 2021.

Students are asking us how to return library materials that they borrowed.

If you are a Baruch student who is enrolled in the spring semester, you can hold onto the items.  There are no fines or fees.

If you are a Baruch student who has just graduated OR if you are a continuing student who cannot hold onto the items for whatever reason (for example, you are leaving the country), there are two options.

1. Ship to us

Books can be sent in a padded envelope to the following address:

Newman Library – Baruch College
151 East 25th Street
New York, NY  10010

We recommend shipping via USPS Media Rate. Please consider purchasing insurance to cover the replacement cost of the item; the cost to insure an item up to $100 is $2.85. Retain the tracking number and track to ensure the package has arrived. Please note that items will remain on your library account while the library remains closed to staff. All materials are being automatically renewed on your behalf and there are no overdue fines being charged.

If you decide to ship a laptop or calculator to us, please use a shipping service that provides detailed tracking information and insurance.  We recommend that you also require signature confirmation of delivery.  If you plan to ship equipment to us, please contact us in advance at technologyloan@baruch.cuny.edu.

2. On Campus

Books and equipment may be returned on Tuesdays and Thursdays in May and June between 10AM-2PM on the first floor of the library building.   Please do not try to return items on campus outside the hours listed unless you have made an appointment in advance by contacting circulation@baruch.cuny.edu.

Before coming to campus contact circulation@baruch.cuny.edu to obtain instructions on the Public Safety requirements for entering Baruch College buildings due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Important: Newman Library Service Advisory (Obsolete)

coronavirus test using swabIMPORTANT NOTE: This service advisory has been superseded by the subsequent one.

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Until further notice the Newman Library is providing all services without on-site staff. Users should review the information below before coming to the Library building.  This advisory will be updated to contain the most current information about Library services in a rapidly changing situation.

Please note that overdue fines are not being charged for books and equipment on loan.  If you are continuing at Baruch in the fall, please feel free to hold onto the books, calculator, or laptop that you have borrowed until then.  For students who are not returning, the options are explained in a separate news item.

  • Library Hours – Closed until further notice.  Please check back for updates.
  • Reference Service – Use the “Ask a Librarian” app on the Library’s home page to chat live, email a question, or schedule a research consultation.
  • Book Loans – From off campus use our extensive digital collections.
  • Inquire about Borrowed Items – Contact the Circulation staff via email circulation@baruch.cuny.edu
  • Technology Loans – Borrow a Chromebook or iPad for the rest of the semester. Details are on the Technology Distribution page.
  • Calculator Loans: The Library will be holding the usual lottery for the loan of calculators. The link to the entry form will be posted here by August 24th.  Texas Instruments has discontinued its free emulator trial, but still offers a free Chromebook extension through July 2021,  Students may want to consider downloading an app through iTunes or the Play Store.
  • Access to Internet and WiFi: The University is posting a list of service providers that are offering access.  Scroll down to the Resources and Tools section of the page.  The University will soon announce the distribution of MiFi devices to students who have no Internet access.