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Other Libraries You Can Use

While the FIT library is operating remotely, you might be looking for even more ways to access online information. Although most libraries across the U.S are closed or offer limited in-person services, many have extensive online collections and services. See updates below for the newest and easiest ways to use some of these other libraries.

FIT students and employees: If the FIT Library does not have the book, DVD, or magazine/journal/newspaper that you need, you may want to try to find it in another library. But don't assume that we don't have what you need-- it might be available here in a different format (e.g. in  print instead of online, or vice versa) .

Visitors: Use this information to determine if you need to visit the FIT Library (by appointment only). You may find that the information you want is available to you -- for free and on a walk-in-basis -- at another library. Please contact these libraries directly to ask about access 

Example of resources also available at other NYC area libraries:

Magazines and Newspapers
: Check the catalogs of
New York Public Library  
Metropolitan Museum of Art​ libraries
​WorldCat  (listings of library materials nationwide)
Also check database listings of these libraries for online versions of some materials e.g. NYPL's fashion-related list, including Harper's Bazaar Archive (remote access with NYPL card) and Vogue Archive (onsite at NYPL only]

​Designer Look books:
Costume Institute Library (Metropolitan Museum of Art),
New School Library & Archives

New York Public Library
Brooklyn Public Library (Includes: MasterFILE Premier, Plunkett Research Online, ARTstor)
Queens Library (Includes: Business Insights: Essentials,  New York State Newspapers, Small Business Resource Center )





-Apply for NYPL card    -Spring 2020: Apply to access NYPL ebooks and databases through SimplyE  -More info on remote services
-Apply for BPL Card     -Spring 2020Apply for BPL e-card to use ebooks, audiobooks, and databases
-Apply for QL card     -Spring 2020  Apply for QPL ECard to use ebooks, audiobooks, emagazines and more

New York City is served by three public library systems:  The New York Public Library (NYPL),  Brooklyn Public Library (BPL),  and Queens Library (QL). Each system is separate--you need to get a different card to use each one in person or its online services--but all are free to anyone who lives, works, goes to school, or pays property taxes in New York State. You may apply for and get cards for all three systems

Each library card/account typically allows you to use online databases from that Library's system, borrow books from any of the 3 systems (but registering your account in advance may be required), and reserve books that are in one location to be sent to another location within that same system. See details on each library's site,.

The NYPL has specialized research-only locations, as well as the many neighborhood libraries where most items can be borrowed.  These library locations may be the most suited for FIT students and others looking for commonly-asked questions we get at the FIT Library:


If  you're temporarily located outside the NYC area while studying remotely for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, check the websites of the local libraries near you to see if they can provide access to their online resources.

METRO is a consortium of many academic, museum, research, and special (corporate) libraries in the NYC area. Current FIT students and employees can get passes to visit (not borrow from) these libraries if there are items that are not available at FIT or the NYPL..
Ask us for details.

Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art "serves an international community of researchers" in addition to museum staff. Its strength is art history. Access to the Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library is more restricted, but contact each library for details.

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service to help you obtain materials that are not available at the FIT Library. You must be a current FIT student or employee, and have a valid FIT ID card and a current FIT email account. Materials already owned by FIT Library (even if they are checked out, on reserve or non-circulating) cannot be ordered through ILL.  We are also not able to order textbooks through ILL.
As a current FIT student or employee, you have full access, including borrowing privileges, to all other State University of New York (SUNY)  libraries. You must bring your currently valid FIT ID card.  
Note that CUNY (City University of New York) libraries are not affiliated with FIT or SUNY except through METRO.