CUNY SPS Library Services in Fall 2021 (last update September 20, 2021)

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The Newman Library reopens to users on August 25, 2021. 

We are happy to welcome everyone from CUNY SPS back!

Before coming to the library, please read!

Below is a summary of our service changes for Fall 2021.   

If there are additional changes during the semester, they will be posted here.

Access to the Library:

In Fall 2021 the library is open only to students, faculty, and staff of Baruch College, CUNY SPS, and Baruch College Campus High School due to a limit on seating capacity to provide sufficient social distancing.

At the entrance to the library CUNY SPS students must present to the security guard their CUNY SPS ID card and their CUNY Access Pass provided by Cleared4.

The Library will keep 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 Services:

The on-site reference desk will be 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 SPS Library Services home page.

Book Loans:

Users may borrow books on site.  However, the circulating books in the call number range F – N are unavailable for loan due to a book stack renovation project.  Users may also 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 and Textbooks:

Loans of books on reserve for courses will be transacted at the main circulation desk.

Computers in the 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 on the second floor.

The WiFi network name is Baruch. Log in with your SPS username and password for access.


The printers in the Library are available for use. CUNY SPS students can send print jobs for purchase to (requires SPS username and password log on). Five complimentary printing credits are loaded. After using them up, users need to purchase more at the printing kiosk next to the reference desk on the second floor. To achieve social distancing, every other printer is operational. Cleaning supplies are in the printing areas.

Group Study Rooms:

All the study rooms in the Library will be available to students on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the rooms will be kept open, 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.  Users must follow social distancing requirements.

Equipment Loans:

Equipment loans (such as CUNY SPS laptops) will be transacted at the technology loan desk on site in the Library on the second floor.  The items available for loan and the associated loan periods are listed on the Library’s technology loan services page.

Book Returns:

The book drop will be available in the lobby outside the Library to enable users to return books without having to make an appointment to enter the library.

Equipment Returns:

Laptop and other types of equipment should be returned at the technology loan desk.  Please do not place these in the book drop.

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. The status may change and will be posted here.

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.