City Tech Guide to Support Incoming Students

The City Tech Guide is a one stop shop for new students that contains information about academic advisement, degree mapping, campus resources, student life, and more.

The City Tech Guide is part of a broader, campus-wide effort to support students from the time they are admitted to the college through graduation. It was developed with input from students and in partnership with the Student Ready College Steering Committee, the Office of Student Life and Development, the Faculty Commons, and the City Tech Library. The site and journey maps depicted below offer a behind the scenes look into how this student resource was developed.

The guide replaces the commercially licensed Guidebook App and is a mobile friendly OpenLab site that we developed right here at City Tech with our unique student population in mind.

Celebrate Banned Books Week, September 22-28

Celebrate Banned Books Week at the City Tech Library

This week is Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of reading books that have been challenged across the country. Check out the library’s banned books display near the front entrance. These books have covers that hide the title and authors, labeled only with reasons why they are banned. This display demonstrates the dangers of censorship and libraries’ support of the freedom of ideas.

For more information about Banned Books week, visit the American Libraries Association Banned Books week website. There, you can see view a list of last year’s banned books.

Special thanks to College Office Assistant Araceli DeSosa for processing the books in the display.

What’s New in the Library Fall 2019 for Faculty

Get support with teaching, research, and curricular development at the City Tech Library!

Open Educational Resources

Want to learn more about open educational resources (OER) and cost-free course materials, and how they can support your curriculum? Are you unsatisfied with the subject coverage, cultural relevance, or currency of the course materials you’re assigning? The library can introduce you to resources and opportunities to develop open educational resources for your course! If you have questions, get in touch with Cailean Cooney.


We encourage you to consider placing required reading materials from the City Tech Library collection on reserve. Placing titles on reserve allows for greater access to these limited materials and requests must be made well in advance of the start of term. You can also loan or donate your copy of the textbook or other required readings. All reserve books are available at the circulation desk and can be used for two hours in the library.

Reach out to the subject specialist in your area to request new purchases or to learn about recent additions to our collection. Due to budgetary constraints, the library cannot honor all purchase requests.  You may also contact the Collections Management Librarian, Wanett Clyde, for general purchasing inquiries.

Interlibrary Loan

Have you found a great source for your research but it’s not available through CUNY? Use our Interlibrary Loan service to get access to materials beyond our collection including rare and hard to find materials. Faculty are able to request both books and articles.

Also encourage your students to use Interlibrary Loan for their research! Please note that students can currently only request articles at this time. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.

The Library is in Your Course!

No matter what platform you’re using, library resources are now available wherever your students already are.

Using Blackboard?

 Use the City Tech Library on your course menu link to access a subject specific research guide with database recommendations, search tips, citation help, and more.

Using OpenLab? 

The Library Tools widget is available in new OpenLab courses by default. This widget allows students to search for library sources from within your course and has a direct link to our main website and 24X7 “Ask a Librarian” chat service.
Don’t see the widgets you want in OpenLab or interested in adding subject specific resources to your course site? Write to Prof. Nora Almeida for learn more about custom integration options.

Eresource Highlights

Workshops for Faculty

Introduction to OER and Open Textbooks

If you’ve heard the term Open Educational Resources (OER), and would like to learn more about free or low cost textbook alternatives, come to this introductory workshop. We will review the basic concepts, and practice searching for open resources in our field. Workshop attendees will be eligible to participate in a paid opportunity to write a short review of an open textbook, for a stipend of $250.

  • Where: Friday, October 11, 2019. 1pm-2pm. 
  • Where: Small Library Classroom (Inside the Library)
  • RSVP: Elvis Bakaitis

Digital Privacy: A Hands-on Workshop

Learn more about privacy and take control of your digital identity! In this hands-on workshop, City Tech faculty, students, and staff will learn how to protect themselves against surveillance and unwanted data collection. Specific topics covered will include password security, social media privacy, browser settings, and alternative search engines. Bring your smart phone or tablet.

  • Tuesday, November 12, 1:00PM – 2:00PM
  • Room L540

Academic Works Posting Parties (2) (MB)
Learn how CUNY’s institutional repository can help maximize your research impact! Bring your files, including conference presentations and we’ll guide you through the process of posting your work. 

  • Nov. 5, 2019, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM; Nov. 7, 2019, 2:00-3:00 PM
  • Library E-Classroom L540
  • RSVP:  
  • Can’t make this workshop? Contact Prof. Monica Berger for a one-on-one session by phone, in your office, or in my office!

Zotero for Faculty (Two-part series) (MB)

Introduction to Zotero

In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn the capabilities of this powerful, free open-source reference management software program. The session covers creating an account, adding Zotero to your browser, and importing citations to generate a bibliography. 

  • Dec. 3, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
  • Library E-Classroom L540

Intermediate Zotero

In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn how to use Zotero to organize research-related bibliographic information. We’ll cover adding citations, notes, and tags as well as managing your workflow with collections. We will also learn how to insert Zotero citations into Word documents.

“The Librarian Is In”: Scholarly Publishing Clinic 

Want scholarly publishing-related assistance? The Library’s Scholarly Communications Committee is here to help! We can work with you individually, in a small group, or visit your department. Don’t forget that you can also reach out to your subject or departmental liaison in the library.

Drop-in hours are the first Thursday of each month at 12 PM in Library 543A.
Please RSVP and use our form to give us advance notice of your question so we can prepare for your visit. Questions? Contact Prof. Monica Berger.

What’s New in the Library Fall 2019 For Students

Hope your semester is off to a great start! Here are some of the programs, resources, and initiatives offered by your very own City Tech Library this semester.

Printing and Laptop Loans

The Multimedia Lab will have the same hours as the rest of the library and students can now borrow laptops from Multimedia for a period of 1 week. The library’s new printing system, UrsulaPrint, allows students to print from library workstations or their own device up to 30 pages a day. There is a print station outside the library that can be used to print when the library is open or closed.

Chat Reference

Chat with a librarian for help with research 24X7. Contact us via the library home page, or here:

Borrowing Beyond City Tech

Get books from other CUNY libraries delivered to you here at City Tech. Just follow these simple steps to request your title.

Zero Textbook Cost Courses

If you’d like to save money on textbooks, search for Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) courses in CUNYFirst! Pick up an astronaut postcard at the Library’s Reference Desk to show you how to find these courses which are all 100% free.

Tutorials for Students

Boost your library skills in 3 minutes or less. Check out our featured tutorials:

Eresource Highlights

Workshops & Events for Students

Check the library website for workshop dates and times. Most workshops will be held in Room 441A in the library, unless otherwise indicated. RSVP to save your spot:

Tech You Can Borrow from the Library Workshop

Did you know you can borrow iPads and laptops from the library? How about document scanners, headphones, and phone chargers? This 45-minute workshop will highlight the different technologies we have available for loan to students, how the loan process works, what you can use this technology for, and what happens to your data after you return it.

  •  Friday, September 20, 2019 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Room:  L432

Citation Workshops: APA and MLA, Use ZoteroBib to Create Your Sources Quickly

These workshops teach the importance of documenting sources when incorporating other’s research into your own. Learn the fundamentals of using the APA and the MLA styles. ZoteroBib generates citations and build a bibliography list in any of the popular styles, including APA and MLA instantly. Learn how to export your completed bibliography to your paper.

  • Thursday, October 17, 2019, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM; Room L540
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM; Room L540

LinkedIn and Resume Writing Workshop

Make a lasting impression with a potential employer. Your resume and social media presence are the place to begin. Join us to see how you can get the most from the work experience you already have and convey it. Highlight your talents and what you have accomplished already to create a strong resume. Build the beginnings of a professional portfolio with LinkedIn.

  •  Thursday, October 3, 2019, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Research Help for your Paper: Drop-in sessions

Are you looking for research help with that final paper or assignment of the semester? If so, come to the Ursula C. Schwerin Library on these dates for our special drop-in sessions. No RSVP required!

  • Monday, December 2, 2019, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 5, 2019, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday, December 6, 2019, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Digital Privacy: A Hands-on Workshop

Learn more about privacy and take control of your digital identity! In this hands-on workshop, City Tech faculty, students, and staff will learn how to protect themselves against surveillance and unwanted data collection. Specific topics covered will include password security, social media privacy, browser settings, and alternative search engines. Bring your smart phone or tablet.

  • Tuesday, November 12, 1:00PM – 2:00PM; Room L540

Library Service Interruption from Saturday, Sept. 7 – Sunday, Sept. 8

On Saturday, September 7, 2019, at 6 PM, CUNY CIS will begin shutting down services for critical electrical maintenance. During this time, some library services will affected.

OneSearch, the CUNY’s university-wide library catalog, will be unaffected. Patrons will be able to search for items. However patrons may experience:

  • a lack of real-time availability of items
  • an inability to renew loans or place requests
  • Full-text access through OneSearch may be limited.

Services are anticipated to be brought back online beginning on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at 6 AM, with services back to normal at 2PM

Take Action On Climate Emergency!

Join the City Tech Library and NYPIRG for 2 media making events this September leading up to local and world-wide environmental events and protest actions.

Upcoming Events in NYC (and Beyond)

Help NYC Break Free from Plastic

Thursday September 12th 6pm

Community Church of New York

NYPIRG Kick-Off Event: Fight Climate Change, Tuition Hikes, and more.

Tuesday September 17th 12-1pm

On Campus! Atrium Ground Floor

New York Climate Strike with Greta Thunberg

Friday September 20th 12pm

Foley Square

(Simultaneous strikes worldwide)

Climate Solutions Summit

Saturday September 21 8:30am-4pm

SUNY New Paltz