The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York


Graduate Center’s Mina Rees Library is open online!

While the physical library space is not currently accessible, we continue to provide access to many library resources and services through the library website.

All library databases, e-journals, and e-books are available remotely. Interlibrary loan is still available for journal articles and book chapters, although requests for books and other physical items cannot currently be processed.

Robust reference assistance is available by email ( and 24/7 chat via the library website, and subject librarians are available for phone or video research consultations. Additionally, we will be offering online workshops on Zotero, open access, book publication contracts, and dissertation, thesis, and capstone project deposit. Keep track of library events on the library calendar.

CUNY libraries have also adjusted several policies related to circulating materials. All CUNY libraries have suspended regular overdue fines as well as overdue fines for recalled materials. Also, all CUNY libraries now allow at least nine renewals of circulating items and will automatically renew items checked out to you. Additionally, interlibrary loan staff will automatically request renewals of ILL items on your behalf.

The library is working to update its website with full details about remote services. Please reach out to us about your library and research needs as we all come to grips with scholarship under these challenging conditions. If your research requires access to in-person materials housed at The Graduate Center, please contact Emily Drabinski, interim chief librarian, at


Be safe and well,

The Mina Rees Library Faculty and Staff