How Can I?

The following are commonly asked questions or tasks patrons want help with. Please feel free to ask for help at the reference and circulation desks.

Renew Books

Renewing books is surprisingly easy.  All you need is your Bank Street email address and password. If you are a parent use the email address you use to communicate with the School for Children. It’s important to Register with the Library, and finally that the generic password changeme.


The Library subscribes to EBSCO Discovery Service. You can access this service from the Library’s homepage search box. Make sure you select “Search Everything.” EBSCO Discovery Service searches:

  • The Library catalog (e.g., books, CDs, and eBooks)
  • EBSCOhost databases we subscribe to (e.g., Academic Search Premier, ERIC, and Education Source)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)


This very useful database is comparatively small at Bank Street but compliments our EBSCO databases. It should be part of your research plan to search for articles in ProQuest. EBSCO identifies ProQuest as Education database in Find Journals.

Google Scholar

You can make this popular search engine much more useful by including Library Links (Fulltext @ Bank Street & ProQuest Fulltext) as part of your Google Scholar settings. If you are at home, visit our Google Scholar blog post to get started.


In the digital age it’s more important than ever to learn about copyright. We have webpages, a research guide, and links to copyright tools. If you need more help and guidance stop by the reference desk and we can match you with Library staff who can offer more support.


We have two Sharp MX-4070v color copiers on the south side of the Library. Each semester graduate students are given a $13.50 print credit. Parents and visitors should ask for a print access card from the circulation desk. The default paper size for printers is US letter (8 1/2″ x 11″), copiers can also print tabloid/ledger (11″ x 17″), and legal (8 1/2″ x 14″) paper sizes.


The best way to not pay fines is to renew books online, or call the circulation desk 212-875-4455 before the due date.

Suggest a Purchase

If there is a book we currently don’t own, and you think we should have, please let us know by filling out the Suggest a Purchase Form.

Annotated Bibliographies

Writing an annotated bibliography is a great way to learn about a library’s collection. This webpage was created with faculty support and is designed to help students with collecting, creating and formatting an annotated bibliography.