Closed from 12/23 – 1/1/2023

"Library Closed" by bigoteetoe is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.
“Library Closed” by bigoteetoe is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

The library will be closed from Friday, December 23 through January 1st, 2023, New Year’s Day.

We will reopen on January 2nd with limited hours during the winter intersession, from 9:00AM – 5:00PM.

Interlibrary loan requests will also be suspended over the holidays from Friday, 12/23/22 – Monday, 1/2/2023. Regular service will resume on Tuesday, 1/3/2023.

For additional information, visit the library’s hours page.

Enjoy the break!

Library Book Sale Thursday, December 8th, 12:30 – 2PM

The library book sale will be held on the first floor of the Library Bldg.

The library will be hosting a book sale on the first floor of the Library Building on Thursday, December 8th from 12:30PM to 2:00PM.

For more information contact Prof. Junior Tidal –

For donations, contact Prof. Morris Hounion –

City Tech Writer Seeks Student Submissions

City Tech Writer flyer that directs users to send to
City Tech Writer flyer

Prof. Kwong from the English department is seeking submissions for the next issue of City Tech Writer. More information is below. Students who seek to submit a piece can email Prof. Kwong at

“We’re looking for excellent student writing (from any discipline) to City Tech Writer, Vol. 18, which can be submitted by uploading a Word document or PDF at

The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2022. We are open to extending the deadline in cases where essays may come in after this date.

City Tech Writer is a journal of outstanding student writing from ALL disciplines. We’d love to see work in the humanities and STEM alike, representing the full breadth of our students’ stories, research, and ideas.

Last year we were absolutely thrilled to publish a digital issue jam-packed with student interviews, supplementary teaching materials, lovely photographs from students, and a documentary on Asians at City Tech. We’d love to have more talented writers join this issue. This year, we’re excited to introduce a related creative writing contest, Photo Riffs. Please see the attached flyer, the Openlab site and last year’s issue for more information!”

Google Is Coming To City Tech – Oct 27 & Oct 28

Google will host a series of in-person career events for City Tech students on Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28. Participants will learn how to develop their career, find job/internship opportunities at Google, prepare for a tech job interview and see what a Googler’s life is really like! 

Find information about each event below and register ASAP at this RSVP link.  

Food and drinks will be provided.

1. Googler’s Life and Career Panel – Oct 27, 12:30-2PM

At Google, you’re invited to bring your insight, imagination, and healthy disregard for the impossible to build products that create opportunities and build — for everyone. Join our panel of Googlers to learn more about their journey to Google and the amazing Google culture.

Location: Academic Complex Theater, 285 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

2. Women in Tech Workshop – Oct 28, 1-2PM

Google is committed to empowering all women by connecting, developing, and fostering a
sense of community amongst women in tech. Come build that community and conversation with

Location: A105 Academic Complex, 285 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

3. Technical Interview Workshop – Oct 28, 2-3PM

Are you gearing up for technical interviews this fall? Whether you’re interested in our
STEP Internship (for 1st and 2nd years), Software Engineering Internship (for 3rd years) or our
full-time SWE roles, you may want to brush up on those interview skills. Join us for mock
questions and tips!

Location: A105 Academic Complex, 285 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

For more information, please email Prof. Xiaohai Li ( in the CET Department. 

Meet Your Librarian, Mara

Mara (she/her) joined the City Tech Library as an Adjunct Reference & Instruction Librarian in the fall of 2022.

In a nutshell, what do you do at the City Tech Library?
I primarily provide reference assistance to City Tech students.

What is your academic and library background?
I hold a BA in French and Francophone studies from UCLA and an MA in European and Mediterranean studies from NYU and am a first year doctoral student in Cultural Anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. I received my library science degree from the Palmer School at LIU.

What were your first impressions of life at City Tech? Were there any surprises?
I’m very happy to be at City Tech! The best part of working at the Ursula B. Schwerin Library has been interacting with City Tech students. I especially enjoy helping students find appropriate library resources (books, articles, etc.) for their research projects and assignments.

What are some of your favorite City Tech library resources?
The libguides and databases.

What else would you like City Tech students and faculty to know about you?
I speak French and have lived, worked, and studied in France (Paris, Lyon, Marseille). Marseille is the site of my doctoral work and I plan to return to conduct dissertation research.

Watch Reckonings, a documentary about the aftermath of the Holocaust

Available only to City Tech faculty and students, the library has procured a digital copy of Reckonings, directed by Roberta Grossman. The documentary details Germany’s reparations to Jewish people after the Holocaust. The film features interviews with survivors. scholars, and dignities, which led to the Luxembourg Agreements of 1952.

Viewers can access the film through AVON, using their CUNYfirst credentials to view the film.

View the trailer below.

For more information, contact Prof. Junior Tidal.

Use your CUNY login for interlibrary loan!

We are excited to announce a new way to login to access your interlibrary loan account!

You will now login using your CUNY login as you already do for other library resources – this eliminates the need for an additional login, so will make the whole process much smoother and is one less login for everyone to remember.  

You will not lose any of the information from previous requests as your old information will be merged with your CUNY login information.  

When you come to the Interlibrary Loan,  you should just see a button that says “Login to Illiad.” It should redirect you to login with your CUNY login.  

Do let us know if you hit any snags or if you have any questions.


Phone:  718-260-5792

Meet Your Librarian, Betsy Fagin

Betsy Fagin (she/they) joined the City Tech Library as an Adjunct Reference & Instruction Librarian in the fall of 2022.

In a nutshell, what do you do at the City Tech Library?

I provide reference services and teach in-person library instruction classes at City Tech.

What is your academic and library background?

Academically, I earned my Masters in Library Science at the University of Maryland and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College. I’ve worked in academic and public libraries since my days as an undergraduate at Vassar College as well as in specialized libraries like Poets House and the National Art Library at the V&A Museum in London.

What made you want to become a librarian? Was there any event or person that influenced you?

I was very lucky to have a number of wonderful librarians in my life when I was younger who encouraged my curiosity and creativity. Libraries have always been places of exploration and discovery for me, spaces that can open worlds of possibility not only in the imagination, but in practical, material ways as well. I’ve always loved libraries.

What were your first impressions of life at City Tech? Were there any surprises?

After a few years of pandemic, it’s been a pleasant surprise to see how popular and how heavily used the library is.

What are some of your favorite City Tech library resources?

So far some of my favorite resources are the displays. I’m a big fan of browsing as a means to discovery and the rotating displays are a great way to find new things. The Banned Books Week display that’s up now highlights some of the targets of censorship and offers an opportunity to raise people’s awareness around the ways that open communication and access to information can create common ground and support mutual understanding.

What books, tv, films, and/or music are you currently listening to?

I’ve got a pile of books I’m reading with a few more on hold for me at my local public library. I just got my hands on Simone White’s “or, on being the other woman” and am very excited to dig into it.

What else would you like City Tech students and faculty to know about you?

In addition to my work in libraries, I’m also a poet (find some of my stuff in the library!) and a yoga and meditation practitioner/teacher.

Fall 2022 – Build a better library website and receive $20

The Ursula C. Schwerin Library is conducting a participatory web design research study. If you are 18 or older and interested, please fill out the survey here:

Selected participants will receive a $20 gift certificate to the City Tech bookstore for participating. 

For more information or questions, please contact Prof. Junior Tidal at