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Start Here: How do I pick the right materials for my research?

Why? Why not?

Why? Item not available at FIT library  
Why not? Not for things you need right away, item might actually be available in another format (e.g. online through the FIT Library database page instead of printed book or magazine format).

ILL: InterLibrary Loan

  • If FIT doesn't have a specific item  that you want and you don't need it immediately, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan
  • Most items can be located in another library (usually in other U.S. colleges and universities) and sent to the FIT library for you to use.
  • The item might arrive in a day or two (e.g. if is being delivered electronically, like an online article) or it might take days or weeks, depending on what the item is, how hard it is to find, and the policies of the library that is lending it.

Using and visiting other libraries


Public Libraries:
If you see that a nearby public library has the item(s) you're looking for, going to that location will usually be the fastest way to get the item.
Try any/all of these:

Most library systems also have many online databases you can use for free with a library card from that system.

SUNY and other colleges and universities:
Current FIT students have full access to all SUNY (State University of New York) libraries.

To visit another college/university/museum/organization library in the NYC area, including CUNY (City University of New York) libraries, you need to talk to a librarian at the 5th floor Research Services Desk. If the material you need isn't available at FIT or a public library, we can usually issue you a pass (from the METRO library organization) to visit that other library. You cannot borrow from another college's library, and there may be other restrictions (e.g. when you can visit, what materials you can see) so ask us for details.

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