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ConnectNYprovides access to over 8 million books outside of the Pratt Institute Collection. Pratt students can search the CNY catalog online and request books for pickup here at the Pratt Institute Libraries. To request books, simply search the CNY catalog for a desired book and click the Request it button.

What is ConnectNY?

ConnectNY provides access to over 8 million books outside of the Pratt Institute Collection. A consortium of independent academic institutions in New York State, the mission of ConnectNY is to cooperatively share library collections and enhance services for patrons.

How do I use ConnectNY?

From the libraries’ catalog, PrattCat, you can search the ConnectNY holdings by clicking on the ConnectNY button on the navigation bar at the top of the page. This will direct you to the ConnectNY shared catalog. You can make a request by simply searching the catalog, selecting an item of interest, and clicking the Request it button. The automated system will guide you through the steps of submitting the request. Books can be shipped to Brooklyn or Manhattan Pratt Institute campuses.

How long does it take for ConnectNY items to arrive?

Usually ConnectNY requests take approximately one week to arrive. When they arrive, you will receive an email notification to your email address indicating that an item is available for pickup at the Pratt campus location of your choosing. Generally, ConnectNY requests are faster than traditional interlibrary loan requests.

How can I check the status of my ConnectNY request?

You can check the status of a request by logging in to your Library Account under our website’s Quick Links. After entering your name and Pratt ID number, the status of your ConnectNY book will be revealed under the Status header. If you have any questions about your ConnectNY request, you can contact the Interlibrary Loan Department or the Reference Desk.

Can ConnectNY books be renewed?

Yes! All ConnectNY books are allowed one renewal per book for 42 days unless a hold has been placed on the book by another patron. In order to successfully renew the book, you must log in to your Library Account under our website’s Quick Links. After entering your name and Pratt ID number, you can renew your ConnectNY book by selecting the item and clicking the Renew Selected button on the toolbar. Renewals must be submitted before the original due date.

Can’t find it in the library catalog or ConnectNY? Request it through Interlibrary Loan.

Questions? Please ask-a-librarian or contact the Reference Desk.

Academic Libraries of Brooklyn

The Academic Libraries of Brooklyn (ALB) is a consortium of eight academic libraries in Brooklyn. ALB allows students, faculty and staff of any ALB member library to use the resources of the other member libraries.

Pratt students have reading and borrowing privileges at each of the other seven member libraries.You need a current Pratt ID and an ALB card to gain access to ALB member libraries. To obtain a card, consult a librarian at the Reference Desk. Pratt students may only borrow up to 2 books at a given time from each of the ALB member Libraries. Each library's rules apply to Pratt students as ALB users.

The 7 Libraries Pratt Students can visit are:

Article I. Name

This group shall be officially known as the Academic Libraries of Brooklyn.

Article II. Purpose

The combined libraries propose: to engage in various cooperative studies and undertakings which will improve the sum-total of library services and resources available to faculty and students of the member institutions and to permit scholarly access to library holdings which complement and reinforce rather than duplicate collections available in the scholar's own library.
Article III. Members

In addition to the charter members listed at the end of this document, any academic library whether public or private in the Brooklyn area, may become a member upon compliance with provisions stated in the by-laws.

Article IV. Officers

The elected officers of this group shall consist of a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer who together shall constitute the executive board. The term of each office shall be for two years. The vice-president shall automatically become president at the end of the second year or in the event of a vacancy in the presidency. Special elections shall be held to replace other officers.

Article V. Meetings

The frequency, time and place of meetings shall be left to the discretion of the executive board. Notice of meetings shall normally be sent to members at least two weeks prior to the meeting.

Article VI. Amendments

Both the constitution and attached by-laws may be amended at any regular meeting by a two-thirds vote of the membership. All proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing to the executive board at least one month in advance of the meeting at which the amendment is to be discussed. A copy of the proposed amendment should be sent to each member at least two weeks in advance of the meeting.

ALB By-Laws

Article I. Dues

Section I. The fiscal year shall commence on the first day of July in each year and end on the 30th day of June in the succeeding year. Section II. The annual dues shall be determined at the first meeting of each year.

Article II. Meetings

Section I. The meetings shall be held on such days as may be designated by the executive board. There shall be a minimum of two meetings per year. The May meeting shall be designated as the meeting for elections.

Article III. Nomination of Officers

Section I. A nominating committee of three members shall be appointed by the president. It shall be the function of the nominating committee to prepare a slate of qualified candidates for the various offices. Section II. The nominating committee shall on or before May 1st of each second year report to the secretary the names of persons selected by the committee for officers to be voted upon at the next meeting of ALB. The secretary shall send out a slate two weeks in advance of the election meeting. Further nominations may be made from the floor at the May meeting.

Article IV. Voting

Section I. Each member institution is entitled to one vote. A record of votes and representatives of institutions shall be kept on file by the secretary. Only the chief library administrator or the official representative is entitled to vote. Section II. a majority of votes cast constitute an election. For amendments to constitution or by-laws, a two-thirds vote of the total membership shall be required.



Pratt Libraries also belong to METRO, which counts 300 libraries in New York City and Westchester County among its members. Access to METRO libraries is allowed only if the specific item needed is not available in a public library. A Pratt librarian must call for permission to obtain a METRO Card for you. METRO referrals do not permit you to borrow materials.