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About the Library

The Information Commons: An Innovative Library for an Innovative College!

The Guttman college library – the Information Commons (IC)—is located in the main area of the first floor with a view of Bryant Park. It houses a compact collection of materials including magazines, journals, newspapers, monographs and reference works. The IC embodies the spirit of Guttman Community College and is the major learning resource for the college. It is a warm, comfortable physical space where students gather for the purpose of research and collaboration. It is also a virtual space that is open 24/7 and can be accessed from anywhere. The Commons is the prime campus, focal point for social interaction. Entrance to the Commons is through the Atrium, which is visible from the street and has a mix of comfortable seating and table seating. Since food carts and stores are in abundance in the immediate area of the college, food and drinks are not sold in the IC. 

The student-centered Information Commons provides a range of services and resources for learning, collaborative work, and individual study, writing and research. Research and reference service is available and students can use the IC computers or checkout a laptop. With an emphasis on digital content and access over ownership, the GCC library collection supports the teaching and learning mission of the new college and its students and faculty.  Students have electronic access to over 100 databases covering the range of disciplines. These databases provide easy access to full-text articles in over 50,000 full-text electronic journals. In addition, students have access to over 250,000 ebooks. As part of an integrated University system and located within a short distance from the main New York Public Library, the GCC Information Commons encourages access to those holdings for its students and faculty. CUNY has extensive print, media, and e-resources available throughout the system.  Students at any college or school in CUNY can visit another campus and use its library, including borrowing privileges. Students and faculty have access to eight million books via the City University of New York online union catalog. If a student finds a book in the CUNY + system that is not at GCC, the student can request that the book be sent to GCC for the student to pick up. In addition, students have library cards enabling them to use the vast resources of the New York Public Library, which is just down the street. The New York Public Library includes more than 14 million books, 400 databases, 700,000 images digitized, and 30,000 ebooks.

The user-friendly Information Commons website is the gateway which provides basic information about the Library and its services, policies, and staff.  It provides access to databases, LibGuides (e.g. research guides, bibliographies, etc.), library tutorials, and the Library Online Catalog. If at home or off campus, students and faculty can remotely access the online library system, the library website and all electronic resources, such as databases, ejournals and ebooks.  You can download and read ebooks or search for journal articles in the hundreds of databases. You are also able to access your library account online. This allows you to review items checked out, determine return dates, and renew or request items conveniently from your home or wherever.  Remote access is available for our online databases if you are a valid GCC Information Commons cardholder. Use the library number on the back of your student ID to login if you are not on campus.