Quick links: Brooklyn Public Library catalog | LaGuardia and Wagner Archives | Library of Congress | New York Public Library |
Queens Public Library catalog | WorldCat (searches libraries around the country)
LaGuardia students are very lucky in that they attend college in a city with a lot of great libraries. Besides having access to all of the CUNY libraries throughout New York City, they also have access to some other research institutions that are free and open to the public.
LaGuardia students have access to material from other CUNY libraries. So if when searching the catalog, you can't find a work in the LaGuardia collection, you might want to expand the search to include all of the CUNY libraries. You can do that by clicking the "Select all CUNY Libraries" link toward the top of the page and running your search again. If another CUNY library owns the work, you can visit the library and pick it up. Click here for more details on borrowing books from CUNY libraries. For library locations and directions, click here.
New York City has three separate public library systems — Queens Public Library, which serves Queens; Brooklyn Public Library, which serves Brooklyn; and New York Public Library, which serves Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. All three systems have their own library card, but the cards are free to anyone living, working, or going to school in New York City. Also, books taken out from one system must be returned to the same system. For example, you cannot return New York Public Library books in Queens.
Public libraries usually have different collections than academic libraries. The LaGuardia Library Media Resources Center has a collection designed for the students of the school. Public libraries have broader collections designed for different types of people, from children to senior citizens to just about everyone else. So if you need a textbook for a class, you probably want to come to the LaGuardia library first. If you want a recent bestseller or exciting mystery, you might want to check your local public library (although we have a lot of great fiction books in our collection, both in the stacks and in our Browsing Section, found at the rear of the library).
Queens Public Library
Here is the catalog for the Queens Library. If you don't already have a Queens card, here is information on getting one. Once you have a library card and a PIN, you can manage your account online, renewing and reserving items. Click here for information on managing your Queens Public Library account. Also, there's a branch of the Queens Public Library right near LaGuardia. The Court Square branch is located in the Citicorp building.
New York Public Library
Here is the catalog for the New York Public Library. You can also renew and reserve books from this catalog online. All you need is a barcode and a PIN. Here is where you can login to manage your NYPL account. Here is how you get a free library card from New York Public Library.
Brooklyn Public Library
Here is Brooklyn Public Library's catalog. And here is information on getting a free library card from them. Once you have a card and have created a PIN, you can also manage your Brooklyn Public Library account, using this link.
There are also some online libraries and collections that might be helpful.
The Library of Congress, the world's largest library, accepts all types of questions via e-mail. This can be very helpful for highly specialized research topics (And don't forget, you can also send the LaGuardia library questions via e-mail).
The Internet Public Library is a Web site comprised of guides to doing research on the Web. The guides are organized by subject. Librarians' Index to the Internet is a similar site. The advantage to using sites like Internet Public Library and Libarians' Index to the Internet instead of a search engine like Google, is that someone has already evaluated the quality of the site and found it worthy enough to include on their list.