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MaRLI: The Manhattan Research Library Initiative

The New York Public Library, Columbia University, and New York University are piloting a lending program for faculty and graduate students. Cardholders from each institution, including CUNY faculty and graduate students, are invited to apply for borrowing privileges from all three research libraries through June 2012. MaRLI allows participants to borrow material for up to 60 days.

To apply for MaRLI access, you need to obtain a NYPL library card. After that, complete the online application at

(Even though the application states PhD students, all CUNY graduate students are entitled to participate.)

For best chances of immediate approval, clearly state which NYPL, NYU or Columbia collections will assist with your specific research interests. You should use your CUNY e-mail address to substantiate your CUNY affiliation. The NYPL librarians who oversee MaRLI will respond within 5 business days after review to make certain collections are available for your research.

More information on MaRLI and registering for the program can be found at

Remember: Any member of the Hunter Community (including all students and staff as well as faculty) can be granted one-time, on-site use of a specific, named item from any metropolitan area library catalog, by coming to the Hunter College Library and asking for a METRO referral card.