Vote in the New York City General Election!

We are just weeks away from going to the polls to vote in the general election. Election Day is November 2, 2021. The following post is intended to guide City Tech students through the voting process, and to inform them of their voting rights.

Can I vote?

In order to register to vote you must:

  • be a United States citizen;
  • be 18 years old;  
  • resident of this State and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election;
  • not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction;  
  • not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court; and 
  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

New York residents can register to vote by visiting this website. [However, the deadline has passed to register in time for the upcoming election in November.]

If you think you may have already registered to vote, you can check your voter registration status online, or by calling the Board of Elections at 866-868-3692.

How do I vote?

 All New Yorkers have three ways to vote in the 2021 primary elections. 

  • Early Voting: Vote in-person from October 23 – October 31. Your Early Voting site may be different from your Election Day poll site, so make sure to check before you go.
  • Vote by Mail: All registered voters also have the option to vote by mail by requesting an absentee ballot. The deadline is October 18. 
  • Election Day: All registered voters can vote in-person on November 2. Find your Election Day poll site here

What’s on the ballot?

For the 2021 general election there are candidates for:

  • Mayor
  • Comptroller
  • Public Advocate
  • City Council – 35 of 51 seats
  • Borough President – Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island
  • District Attorney – Brooklyn and Manhattan

In addition there are five ballot measures regarding proposed changes to the New York State Constitution. Voters will vote “Yes” or “No” on each of these proposals. If a majority of New Yorkers vote “Yes,” then these changes will go into effect.

Proposals at a glance

Question 1: The Redistricting Process

This proposal would reform the redistricting process that determines representation across the state. Proposal Details

Question 2: Right to Clean Air, Clean Water, and a Healthful Environment

This proposal would provide the right to clean air, clean water, and a healthful environment to all New Yorkers. Proposal Details

Question 3: Same-Day Voter Registration

This proposal would allow the State Legislature to pass new laws that give New Yorkers more time to register to vote. Proposal Details

Question 4: No-Excuse Absentee Voting

This proposal would allow the State Legislature to pass new laws that give more New Yorkers the option to vote by mail without providing an excuse. Proposal Details

Question 5: Jurisdiction of the New York City Civil Court

This proposal would allow NYC Civil Courts to hear and decide claims up to $50,000 instead of $25,000. Proposal Details

Where do I vote?

You can find your Election Day polling place here. You can also call 866-VOTE-NYC, or email with your complete home address and a request for your poll location. All polling locations are open from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m on November 2nd.

What are my rights?

At your poll site you have the right to:

  • Ask a poll worker for help
  • Use an interpreter if you need language assistance
  • Bring any voting materials with you 
  • Vote even if the voting machine is broken
  • Vote by affidavit ballot if your name is missing from the list of voters at your polling site
  • Not show an ID if you are not a first time voter

What if I have problems?

Voters who experience discrimination or other barriers to registration and voting can contact the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office at (212) 416-8250 or email

What if I have more questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, these organizations may be able to help.

New York City Board of Elections or 866-VOTE-NYC

New York State Board of Elections:

League of Women Voters Vote: 411 or 212-725-3541

NYC Votes:

Library Spaces are Open!

Open Sign
Image credit: CC-BY Aaron Pruzaniec

Space and services

The City Tech Library is now open for quiet study, in-person reference service, browsing and borrowing books from our stacks, computer and scanner use, as well as printing for students.

Please note that we’re not able to offer textbook reserves, calculator loans, or group study at this time.


Our physical space is open Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-5:00pm, and we’re open for book pickup only (for books you have requested from other CUNY libraries and via Interlibrary Loan) Friday 9:00am-5:00pm.

Don’t have a City Tech ID?

That’s ok! You can use your 8-digit EMPLID or City Tech ID to login to library computers and print. You can borrow books with either your City Tech or a state issued ID. 

Online Resources

We continue to offer library services and resources online, including our 24/7 Ask a Librarian chat service, research guides, and digital tutorials.

Need something we don’t have?

You can request books from other CUNY libraries using your CUNY login to pick up at the Borrow and Return desk. Faculty can request articles and books from libraries outside of CUNY and students can request articles and book chapters using our Interlibrary Loan service.

E-reserves Pilot Program

We are currently offering e-reserves on a trial basis. Learn more about this pilot program.  Because of copyright restrictions, we can’t scan textbooks and some other materials. Check out our Fair Use and Copyright Guide for more information about what materials can be made available electronically to students.

Call for Papers: The Sixth Annual City Tech Science Fiction Symposium on Access and Science Fiction

The question guiding the Sixth Annual City Tech Science Fiction Symposium is: Who has access to the genre in terms of opportunities to create, enjoy, celebrate, identify with, and connect with others? Access, of course, is a shared concern of many historically marginalized and oppressed groups, including women, the disabled, LGBTQ+ persons, and the working class. Please refer to the Call for Papers for more details. 

Organizers Jill Belli, Wanett Clyde, Jason W. Ellis, Lucas Kwong, and A. Lavelle Porter invite proposals for 10-20 minute scholarly paper presentations or 40-60 minute panel discussions related to the topic of Access and SF. Please send a 250-word abstract with title, brief professional bio, and contact information to Jason Ellis ( by October 15, 2021

Issues of access were an important concern before the pandemic, but these were amplified and intensified in new ways, including library closings and book deserts. Reduced access to computers, Internet, and study spaces delayed or derailed important opportunities for many.

These issues with access before and during the pandemic extend to Science Fiction. William Gibson’s aphorism, “The future has arrived–it’s just not evenly distributed yet,” offers a conceptual lens for this. While Gibson’s use of the term “future” equates to the technoscientific, Science Fiction also represents many imagined futures, and those futures are not yet evenly distributed in terms of access to the genre for creators, readers, fans, and critics. 

Lack of access isn’t only a problem for those who might find enjoyment, meaning, and community through SF in the present; it may also affect the stories produced, the characters created, and the control of narratives. 

The Sixth Annual City Tech Science Fiction Symposium will investigate the theme of “Access and SF” and we will question together: what are the tensions between access and SF, what’s at stake and for whom, how to foster alliances, and how to achieve access for all. Also, Analog Science Fiction and Fact will announce the winner of their inaugural Analog Award for Emerging Black Voices at this year’s symposium. 

Topics with a connection to Access and SF include but are not limited to:

•    Access to Science Fiction for an Audience 

•    Access to Science Fiction as a Fan 

•    Access to Science Fiction as a Creator 

•    Access to Science Fiction as a Scholar 

•    Access to Science Fiction where Roles Collide 

•    Barriers to Access of Science Fiction for an Audience 

•    Barriers to Access to Science Fiction as a Creator 

•    Accessibility, Disability, and Science Fiction 

•    Technologies of Access and Accessibility that Relate to SF  

•    Access, Openness, and SF 

•    Affinity Politics and Intersectionality 

This event is free and open to the public as space permits: an RSVP will be included with the program when announced on the Science Fiction at City Tech website. Free registration will be required for participation. ​As with last year’s symposium, the on-going pandemic necessitates holding this year’s event online, too.

The Annual City Tech Symposium on Science Fiction is held in celebration of the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, an archival holding of over 600-linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and scholarship. The City Tech Science Fiction Collection contains near-complete runs of major science fiction magazines and extensive holdings of science fiction anthologies, novels, and scholarship, including rare books and first editions. Additionally, there are significant selections of fringe texts, including mystery, horror, and the supernatural. It is housed in the Archives and Special Collections of the Ursula C. Schwerin Library. 

If you would like to inquire about the collection for research purposes, please read the library’s access policy for the City Tech Science Fiction Collection and contact Assistant Professor and Collections Management and Archives Librarian Wanett Clyde by phone at 718-260-5496 or email

Celebrate Banned Books Week: Sep. 26 – Oct. 2nd

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Read a Banned Book

Every year, the American Libraries Association celebrates Banned Books Week, a celebration of reading and the pursuit of intellectual freedom. This year’s theme is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” The idea is that the act of reading unifies and censorship creates barriers.

A pyramid infographic that displays challenged books statistics.
Pyramid of Challenged Books
Censorship infographic that displays who challenges books, where they take place, and a word cloud that shows what words are used to justify the censorship.
Censorship infographic
Infographic displaying the top ten challenged books in 2020
The Top Ten Books Most Challenged in 2020

Read a banned book today. The City Tech Library has several banned books available as eBooks or users can request and pick up a physical banned book by requesting a book using the library catalog.

Free or Fee: How Open Access Publishing Impacts Your Choices as an Author

Fee or Free FlyerCurious about open access? Want to better understand author fees or article processing charges for open access? This event from Mount Sinai’s Levy Library features international experts and leaders in open access and scholarly communications.

Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Time: 3:00pm – 5:30pm




Remembering 9/11 twenty years later

image by Michael Foran via Wikimedia Commons

This past weekend three former presidents and the current chief executive attended events to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Millions of others watched on television. Commemorations took place not just in the United States. Queen Elizabeth II requested that the Coldstream Guards at Windsor Castle play the “Star Spangled Banner” during the changing of the guard, just as she had done twenty years ago. And these were just a few public gatherings that marked the anniversary of a truly global event. It is important to remember that the victims came not just from the United States but around the world.

The arrival of September 11 on the calendar each year for the past two decades has always brought with it sadness and introspection but this year’s commemorations seemed different in some subtle way. After twenty years the events of September 11, 2001, at least to many, seem to have transitioned from current events to history. I have noticed over the past several years that when the topic of 9/11 arises, often as a topic for an assignment or research paper, that student recollection of the World Trade Center and other 9/11 attacks has grown increasingly vague. That is because most college-age students today were so young when those events took place. Today’s freshman and sophomores were not even yet born. To them—perhaps you, if you are one of those students—9/11 plays the roll that Pearl Harbor, the John F. Kennedy assassination, and the 1986 Challenger explosion play for previous generations. As I point out in the introduction to this research guide I recently created for those interested in exploring 9/11 more fully, many City Tech staff and faculty still working at the college today were here on that morning twenty years ago. I personally was not at the college yet, but I was living in Brooklyn and recall it all quite vividly. I noted to myself this past Saturday that the sunlight, weather, and cloudless sky were eerily familiar to the way they had been on that day. When I mentioned that to others, they said the same thing.

One of my colleagues told me of the college’s closing early that day, and how he and several others walked to a faculty member’s nearby apartment to watch the news unfold and to plan for how to get home. This was an issue because it was unclear at the time which public transportation might be operating and which might not. Could one get across the Hudson River and back home to loved ones in New Jersey? Were the commuter trains running to Westchester, Long Island, and Connecticut? And what about even the buses and subways? No one was sure. Communication itself was difficult if not impossible. So many were trying to reach friends and family that cell phone connectivity largely collapsed. This was especially true for millions in the Greater New York area because much of much of the communication infrastructure had been atop the Twin Towers themselves and thus destroyed. I recall that even on my landline at home I could make and receive calls to certain people out-of-state but not to others. This went on for several days. The internet was still a fairly new technology, and social media as we know it did not even exist. My own cable-less television lost its transmission and I was reduced to listening to commentary, much of it hearsay and speculation, on the radio. This was immediacy of that morning.

Nearly 3000 people lost their lives in the attacks here in New York City. People today might not realize how much worse it almost was. Many at the time feared the number might be closer to 40,000 or higher. Nearly 50,000 individuals worked in the Twin Towers. Many though were not yet at their desks because it was still early, an election day, and also the first day of school for many districts. Parents taking their children to school had not yet arrived. What is more, security officials at many of the organizations within the towers had also done a good job updating their emergency and evacuation plans in the eight years since the 1993 bombing of the same site. It is still unnerving to think of how much worse it all could have been. That does not even get into events at the Pentagon and aboard Flight 93 that crashed in rural Pennsylvania.

Twenty years is a long time—a lifetime for many. With time comes at least some perspective. Still, it never really gets easier. The events of 9/11 are something that will always stay with me, as they will for millions of others.

What’s New in the Library Fall 2021 Edition

Welcome to a new semester! The City Tech Library continues to adapt our services to support students, faculty, and staff whether they are on campus, working and learning remotely, or something in between.

Access Library Resources from Off-Campus

Use CUNY login credentials to access library databases, research articles, and ebooks from off campus. Use these same credentials to login to “My Library Account” on the library website. 

If your preferred name isn’t associated with your library account, you can change that! 

Books are Back!

Circulating books from the City Tech Library and other CUNY libraries are now available to request and borrow. 

To borrow books, you’ll need to search the library catalog, login with your CUNY username and password, and submit a request in advance. You’ll receive an email notification when your books are ready to be picked up and can retrieve them from the Borrow & Return Desk in the Library with a City Tech or state issued ID.

 Here’s a brief video on how to search for and request books from City Tech and other CUNY Libraries: 

Return all books in the book drop box just inside the Tillary entrance on the first floor of the Library Building. 

 At this time, print reserve textbooks and physical multimedia are not available for borrowing, and library study areas and labs remain closed.

For questions about borrowing and returning books, email:

Need Something We Don’t Have?

Interlibrary Loan is continuing to fill article and individual book chapter requests and deliver them electronically. ILL is great for scholarly research and course assignments.

Faculty and staff can also request books not available at CUNY through ILL.

Questions? Email us: 

Ask a Librarian 24X7 Chat Reference Service

Need help? Just Ask us! 

We miss seeing you at the Ask a Librarian desk but the City Tech Library is here to help you with your research.

Connect with City Tech librarians online:

Monday – Thursday 10:00am-7:00pm; Fridays 10:00am-5:00pm

If you miss us during these hours, you can connect to other librarians 24/7. We can help your research strategy, finding sources for a project, and evaluating information, citations, and more! 

Online Library Instruction for synchronous and asynchronous classes

Are you assigning papers or projects that require library research? Contact your library subject specialist to find out more and schedule an online library instruction session for your students. 

Are you teaching asynchronously? Share the library’s tutorials and research guides with your students. Use the Blackboard library module, or add the library widget to your OpenLab site, so your students can access library search tools. 

For questions about library instruction, contact Prof. Anne Leonard, library instruction coordinator.

Library Workshops Fall 2021

There are a variety of online workshops this fall for every audience that provide information and training to help you develop skills for success—from citing sources to creating a resume and protecting your privacy online. Explore the library virtual workshops and discover one meant for you. For additional information, please forward your inquiries to Prof. Nandi Prince

Details, dates, and registration information for workshops are on the Library Buzz Blog. 

In addition to our regular slate of workshops, we also offer scholarly publishing-related workshops and OER workshops for faculty to support faculty research, scholarship, and open pedagogy.

Support for Scholarly Publishing 

Complementing our workshop series, the library provides individualized assistance. Do you need help with any aspect of scholarly publishing? Our Scholarly Publishing Clinic is available for virtual consultations. Learn how to pick the best journal or publisher for your article or book, retain rights as an author, create a Google Scholar profile or search alert, use Academic Works and citation managers, and more. 

Office hours are by appointment the last Thursday of each month at 12 PM via Zoom or phone. Email Prof. Monica Berger to schedule your consultation and discuss your preferences for shared communication. Use this form to give us advance notice of your question. Don’t forget that you can also reach out to your subject liaison in the library. 

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Our OER fellowship program provides faculty with opportunities to revamp curriculum and make course materials more accessible to students. Learn more about OER at City Tech and our upcoming workshops. Reach out to Prof. Cailean Cooney with questions and contact your subject liaison for support with finding or adapting open materials for your courses. 

Library Collections

This fall, the City Tech library began offering electronic reserves on a trial basis. One of the chief aims of this pilot program is to assess the curricular support needs of City Tech faculty and the library’s ability to meet them.    

Print reserves are still unavailable at this time. Many books and textbooks are don’t make licenses available to libraries in electronic formats and copyright restrictions prohibit us from making scans of entire texts available. We can make limited selections of textbooks available through this eReserves pilot that adhere to Fair Use guidelines

We will be working with our existing print collection as university budgets remain precarious. We are not yet able to purchase new monographs and ebooks.

For more information, including the eReserves request form: 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your subject liaison with questions about the eReserves pilot, to help with open educational resource alternatives, or with questions about copyright and fair use. 

Connect with Us

Have questions about library resources and services but not sure how to reach us? Want to make sure you get the latest updates about changing policies, new resources, and digital tools available through the library? 

Subscribe to the Library Buzz blog to get the latest in your inbox or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @citytechlibrary.

Scholarly Publishing Workshops for Fall 2021

Here is our schedule of workshops for fall 2021 related to scholarly publishing. These workshops introduce tools, resources, and important knowledge that help faculty make informed choices about their scholarship and how to maximize the impact of their work.

Leveraging the Literature Review
October 8, 12-1 PM
Learn how to find target journals for publishing your work; get a quick bird’s eye view of your topic; review basics of using the library for the literature review; effectively use Google Scholar, citation managers, and link resolvers; quickly assess a journal and avoid predatory journals.
Faculty Fridays: Registration via Faculty Commons TBA

Demystifying Academic Works (Express Workshop: 30 minutes) 
October 19, 4-4:30 PM
What is Academic Works and how does it benefit you as a scholar? You will learn more about how and why publishers allow you to contribute to Academic Works and the many benefits to sharing your scholarship openly to you, your students, and the public.

Zotero Basics
Nov. 9, 3-4 PM
Attendees will learn the capabilities of this powerful, free open-source reference management software program. The session covers the functionalities of the Zotero client, adding the Zotero plugin to your browser, and importing citations to generate a bibliography. To maximize our workshop time, please download Zotero from and create your username and password in the Zotero client software by going to EDIT > PREFERENCES > >SYNC

Google Scholar Profile (Express Workshop: 30 minutes)
Dec. 6, 11:30 AM -12:00 PM
Google Scholar Profiles provide an easy way for you to showcase your individual scholarship and, more importantly, easily examine who is citing your work and find citation counts.

ORCID ID: Author Identifier for Grants, Publication, and Reviewing (Express Workshop: 30 minutes)
Dec. 8, 10-10:30 AM
ORCID IDs are author identifiers. They are especially helpful to authors with names that are more common but they have other benefits including speedier registration in systems for submitting articles, reviewing, and grant applications. Grantees who use their ORCID when applying for a grant help to assure that funders connect your funding program to your scholarship. ORCID also helps potential funders to efficiently review your publications.

Zotero Basics
Dec. 9, 4-5 PM
Attendees will learn the capabilities of this powerful, free open-source reference management software program. The session covers the functionalities of the Zotero client, adding the Zotero plugin to your browser, and importing citations to generate a bibliography. To maximize our workshop time, please download Zotero from and create your username and password in the Zotero client software by going to EDIT > PREFERENCES > >SYNC

Our Scholarly Publishing Clinic is available on-demand and during our office hour at 12 PM every last Thursday of the month. We provide one-on-one consultations as well as workshops that fit your schedule.

Find more scholarly communications and publishing support from the library on our website.

Questions? Contact Prof. Monica Berger, Library, at