About the NYU Libraries

New York University Libraries


The striking, 12-story Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, designed by Philip Johnson and Richard Foster, is the flagship of a 10-library, 6.3 million-volume system that provides students and faculty members with access to the world’s scholarship and serves as a center for the University community’s intellectual life. The libraries of New York University house over 5.7 million microforms, 500,000 government documents, and more than 41,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts. They provide access to thousands of electronic resources to the NYU community both on-site and around the world via the Internet.The Library is visited by more than 10,000 users per day and circulates about 745,000 items annually.


Bobst Atrium Bobst Library offers approximately 2,600 seats for student study. The Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media, one of the world’s largest academic media centers, has over 100 audio and video viewing carrels and 3 media-enhanced classrooms; its collections include 40,000 videos and 95,000 audio recordings in various formats. The Digital Studio offers a constantly evolving, leading-edge resource for faculty and student projects and promotes and supports access to digital resources for teaching, learning, research and arts events. Bobst Library is also home to significant special collections such as the Fales Collection of English and American Literature, one of the best collections of English and American fiction in the United States; the unique Downtown Collection, which documents the Downtown New York literary and arts scene from the 1970s to the present, focusing on the developments of postmodern writing and dance, performance art, and the downtown music scene; and the Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection, which documents American food history with a focus on New York City. Bobst Library also houses the Tamiment Library, one of the finest collections in the world for scholarly research in labor history, socialism, anarchism, communism, and American radicalism. Tamiment includes the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, which holds the Jewish Labor Committee Archives and the historical records of more than 130 New York City labor organizations.

Beyond Bobst, the library of the renowned Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences focuses on research-level material in mathematics, computer science, and related fields, and the Stephen Chan Library of Fine Arts at the Institute of Fine Arts houses the rich collections that support the research and curricular needs of the Institute’s graduate programs in art history and archaeology. The Jack Brause Library at the SCPS Midtown Center serves the information needs of the programs, students, and faculty based at the Center, as well as the real estate community. The library for the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) is strong in Greek and Roman art and archaeology, Egyptology, Mesopotamian archaeology and Assyriology, Central Asia and Iran, and Asian art. The Health Sciences Libraries' mission is to enhance learning, research, and patient care by managing knowledge-based resources, providing client-centered information services and education, and extending access through new initiatives information technology. They include the Frederick L. Ehrman Medical Library and the College of Dentistry's Waldmann Memorial Dental Library. The NYU Law Library supports the faculty and student research of the School of Law, and has a separate online library catalog.
The NYU Abu Dhabi Library is a full-service library with the goal of creating a learning environment that brings together collections, high-capacity computing tools and the professional assistance of library and IT staff to provide a single point of assistance for NYUAD students and faculty. NYU Shanghai (NYUSH) Library goals and services are similar to those of NYUAD. The Polytechnic Institute of NYU Bern Dibner Library (NYU-Poly Library) joins the NYU Libraries system in 2014.
The NYU Libraries continue to enhance their services for NYU students and faculty and to strengthen their research collections. The extraordinary growth of the University’s academic programs in recent years, along with the rapid expansion of electronic information resources, has provided an impetus for new development in NYU’s libraries. Bobst Library’s team of professionals includes 33 subject specialists as well as specialists in undergraduate outreach, instructional services, electronic information, and digital libraries.



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