Library Services for Faculty
The Hostos College Library offers a variety of support for faculty in areas of information literacy, information resources and research support, technology information, media equipment arrangements, and instructional support and guidance. For more information, faculty members may contact their library liaison.Information Literacy: As defined most succinctly, information literate individuals have "the ability to locate, evaluate, and use information to become independent life-long learners" (Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)). The Web-based resources in this section provide help in a variety of information literacy areas. In the process of exploring them, users will come to understand the breadth and significance of being "information literate" while learning about research skills, critical evaluation of materials, the organization of information, intellectual freedom and censorship, defining a research topic and much more. Also explore the Instruction section of our website.
Instructional Support & Guidance: Learn more about the Hostos Library instruction program, including how to arrange a course-related workshop; find out what Information Literacy is and why it's important; access resources on plagiarism detection and prevention, and much more….
Information Resources and Research Support
Information Resources and Research Support Borrowing Library Materials
The library’s resources include books, periodicals, newspapers, and audiovisual materials such as films, slides, filmstrips, and microforms. The Archives collection documents the history of the College. Materials that are available for general circulation may be borrowed with a valid and barcoded CUNY ID. The loan period for faculty is 2 months.
Reference librarians and subject bibliographers provide assistance in locating materials, researching the literature, and obtaining specific information. Click here to see the liaison directory. Click here for the faculty & staff directory.
Recommending / Suggesting Purchases
You can help us build and strengthen our collection by making recommendations that are important in supporting the course work offered here at Hostos. When the Hostos Library does not have the book or other information resource that you need for related course work or research, tell us! ***(If you have not checked the library's online catalog to determine if the item is already in our collection or is "On Order", please Click here to check CUNY+.) To make a request, please contact Assistant Professor, Jennifer Tang ( email@example.com), or fill out the online form.Please note that often the completeness of the request information determines the speed and accuracy of acquisition.
Requests can be made for books or journal articles that cannot be located in the Hostos Library by using the online forms. The time needed to fulfill the request will vary, depending on many circumstances. You can check on the status of your request by contacting: Please note that requested books can be borrowed for the amount of time determined by the lending institution. This may be for as little as 21 days. Click here to request a journal article. Click here to request a book. Database Searching
The Library offers full-text databases of current periodicals and scholarly journals, newspapers and directories, as well as a number of discipline based abstracting and indexing services. Each database presents a unique interface, search features and output options. Once connected to a database, read the screen, follow directions and look for the “Help” features as needed.
See the Handouts and Instructional Guides section for online guides and support materials. The Research Help page provides direct access to CUNY+, our online catalog, and all of our Web-based databases. CUNY’s Web-based information services are by subscription and are only accessible from a campus Internet workstation or from home via the EZ Proxy Server. In order to access subscription services from home, you must activate your library card first.
Please click here for directions on using the databases off-campus. You can access these resources with your 14-digit Library I.D. (barcode) number located on the front of your Hostos I.D. Card. Be sure to check with the library circulation desk to make sure your Hostos I.D. is active. You can access our complete list of databases here.
Hostos faculty and students with valid identification cards can borrow and return materials directly from and to other CUNY libraries, except the CUNY Law School Library. For the Law Library, materials can be used on–site, or requested through interlibrary loan. Materials borrowed from other CUNY libraries may be returned through the Hostos Library. Hostos faculty and students with valid IDs also have reading privileges in libraries in the New York Metropolitan Reference and Research Library Agency (METRO) network. In addition, through a special arrangement, they have reading privileges at the Lincoln Hospital Library, which is located near the College. This opportunity is vital to the information needs of the Hostos students who are enrolled in Allied Health programs. Through the METRO Courtesy Card, students, faculty, and staff may use materials in participating libraries in the metropolitan area. To receive a METRO Courtesy Card make a request at the Reference Desk. Online catalogs of many libraries can be searched online by using the link from the Research Databases page. Media Equipment
The Media Services Unit located in Room A309 is available for both individual and group listening and viewing. Students and staff desiring to use the Audio Visual Unit should contact the desk 24 hours in advance. The Unit contains a variety of audio-visual equipment and related materials, such as films, tapes, records, and cassettes. Read more about the media collection.
- Information about group screenings of film and video cassettes for teaching and learning purposes, as well as for cultural presentations in the Library Preview Center Policy
- A-V Equipment Loan Policy for making the requests
- The conditions that must be met for the library's Audiovisual Unit to accommodate any request for classroom viewing of videocassette program in the Classroom Viewing Policy
- The Guidelines for off-air recording