History Book Donation

History booksDuring the summer, the Library received a donation of 3,000 books from a local historian and scholar. The books largely focus on 20th and 21st century U.S. history and politics. They include such diverse topics as: wars; presidential administrations; biographies; Great Depression; labor unions; New Deal; civil rights; women and feminism; courts; elections; and economy.

Library staff is in the process of checking books against our permanent holdings and cataloging them. Many titles still need to be unboxed.  Once completed, we will have a greater sense of the collection’s scope. The books are in excellent condition and represent a real boon to our holdings. We look forward to making them available to the Lehman community.

New FitDesks Exercise Bicycles

FitDesks-Exercise-BicyclesThe Library recently introduced four new FitDesks [exercise bicycles], courtesy of Student Affairs’ Wellness Education and Health Promotion program. The bicycles are located in the Library Gallery and the Periodicals Room on the Concourse level.

These FitDesks are part of a larger Healthy Lehman Campaign aimed at making the campus healthier. Exercise bikes in libraries are part of a growing movement in higher education to make physical activity easier for students, faculty, and staff.

Growing evidence suggests that physical activity is critical to learning and academic performance. Students who participate in exercise programs improve their learning, memory, and cognitive functions[i].

The Library’s bicycles provide students an opportunity to take a break from sitting for long periods. Sedentary lifestyles are a major contributor to the obesity epidemic in the United States.  According to New York Academy of Medicine, 67% of Bronx adults are overweight or obese, and have the lowest rates of physical activity in the City[ii].

For more information about the FitDesks and ways to live a healthier lifestyle, visit the Wellness Education and Health Promotion program in Old Gym 007 or contact us at Wellness.Education@lehman.cuny.edu

[i] Committee on Physical Activity and Physical Education in the School Environment; Food and Nutrition Board; Institute of Medicine; Kohl HW III, Cook HD, editors.  Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2013 Oct 30. 4, Physical Activity, Fitness, and Physical Education: Effects on Academic Performance. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK201501/

[ii] NYAM Center for Evaluation and Applied Research (2014, November 14) New York City Health Provider Partnership Bronx Community Needs Assessment. New York, NY. Retrieved from

New Library Faculty

michelleehrenpreisMy name is Michelle Ehrenpreis, Lehman’s new Electronic Resources-Systems Librarian. I previously worked for five years at Molloy College on Long Island as Electronic Resources-Media Services Librarian.  My professional interests include accessibility, systems design and usability. I live in Rockland County with my husband and two children. In my spare time, like a true librarian I enjoy reading – and also shopping and spending time with my family. Further, I’m pursuing an online MBA degree.




Hello everyone, I’stephenwalkerm Stephen Walker, the new Head of Access Services at Leonard Lief Library. Believe it or not, I have worked here for 17 years, starting as a Circulation clerk while attending library school at Long Island University.  After I received my MLIS, I worked as an adjunct librarian while completing my second Master’s in Higher Education Administration at Baruch.  Over the past two years, I’ve served as substitute in my current position. I’m excited by the opportunity to continue to serve students at Lehman College.

New Leisure Reading Collection

leisure reading collectionThis October the Library will unveil a new Leisure Reading Collection on the first floor across from the Circulation-Reserve Desk. This small collection is drawn entirely from many generous donations.

Last spring we conducted a survey that revealed how Lehman students enjoy a wide variety of reading genres, with science, poetry, romance, and horror emerging as the most popular. Accordingly, we’ll try to keep the Leisure Collection as diverse as possible – and will frequently refresh it with new titles.  Students, faculty, and staff may borrow Leisure titles for eight weeks.

Reading for pleasure is a great way to relax during stressful times.  It’s one of the best strategies to pursue lifelong learning, so developing an ongoing reading habit now will benefit you in the future.

OneSearch Has New Look and More Features

onesearchA new version of OneSearch is up and running on the Library website with many new features and a more streamlined look.

OneSearch lets you search in one place for books, textbooks, eBooks, journal articles, newspapers, media, and more.  Most (but not all) of the Library’s databases are in OneSearch.  You can search Lehman or all CUNY Libraries – or just Reserve items.

Among the most useful new features are:

  • Saved Searches and Alerts:  Save your Searches (after you sign in) and set Alerts on new results for delivery as e-mail or RSS feed
  • Multiple Filters:  Allows you to include-exclude multiple filters at a time to narrow search results
  • Sticky Filters:  Make active filters persistent for an entire session.  To make a facet (filter) persistent, you must hover the cursor over the filter in the “Active filters” section and click the padlock icon that appears.  To remove a filter’s persistence, you need only click the padlock icon or delete the filter.

Watch this short video to discover more features of the new OneSearch.  The more you use OneSearch, the more features you’ll find that will enhance your research.  Let the Library help you – contact us in person or via chat or e-mail:

New Library Website

New Library Website mobile viewLeonard Lief Library is pleased to announce launch of our new website:

It is student-focused, responsive (mobile-friendly), and efficient.

The homepage features:

Search Tabs for:

  • OneSearch: Use this Search to find books, articles, eBooks, and media
  • Databases:  Search by database name, subject, or vendor (American Chemical Society; Chemistry; ACS)
  • E-Journals:  Find eJournals by title and or browse eJournals
  • Research Guides: Search for Guides to resources on your research topic

Videos:  links to Library Online Tutorials
These videos will rotate on a monthly basis: currently featuring new OneSearch video.

News:  Our Twitter newsfeed will keep you informed about all things related to students, research, and the Library

Events:  Informs you about Readings, workshops, etc.

Connect with Us:  Links to various social media platforms

This website is a joint collaboration between the Library and Lehman’s IT Web Team.

Special thanks to Web Developer Ariel Maduro – as well as Web Developer Designer Rasun Williams and Manager of Web Services David Stevens.

We welcome your feedback, comments, and suggestions.