The Queens College Libraries serve the college community by providing and promoting access to all forms of information to support research, study, teaching and the general pursuit of knowledge. We offer instruction in developing research skills, critical evaluation of sources, and appropriate search and retrieval skills that form the basis of postgraduate careers and education.
Library faculty take an active role in helping students and professors learn how to use print and electronic information resources to support their educational and career needs. Librarians are active teachers of research skills and also provide instruction in the use of new technologies to access information. Librarians and teaching faculty are partners in the development of an information-literate campus community.
The library collects, indexes, and preserves information, making it accessible in a variety of formats in anticipation of user information needs. In an on-demand mode, we provide means of access to information located off-campus and in cyberspace. By professionally managing the college archives, the library preserves QC's history.
The library's online catalog and its homepage serve as the primary pathway to content information in print, electronic, and other formats. Our faculty and staff create and maintain these tools to facilitate physical and online access to research resources within and beyond the library.
Library faculty and staff add value to the collections and physical library space through service policies and standards that ensure efficient access to collections, promote their use, protect the privacy of users, protect intellectual property rights, and preserve materials for future users.
The students, faculty, and staff of Queens College constitute the library's primary community. We also serve the students and faculty of other CUNY colleges along with students and teachers affiliated with Queens College programs. As a Depository of U.S. government publications, the library is open to the general public for consultation and on-site use of collections. Current members of the Queens College Alumni Association and Friends of the Queens College Libraries may borrow materials from the library.
The Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, which holds the principal collections, also houses the Art Library and the Art Center at Queens College. The Music Library is located in the Music Building.