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 nine-library, 5.1 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 Bobst Library houses more than 3.7 million volumes, 58 thousand serial titles, and over 5.4 million microforms; and provides access to thousands of electronic resources both on-site and to the NYU community around the world via the Internet. The Library is visited by more than 7,400 users per day, and circulates almost one million books annually.
Bobst Library offers three specialized reference centers, 28 miles of open stacks shelving, and approximately 2,200 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; students and researchers use more than 100,000 audio and video recordings per year. 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, outsider art, and the downtown music scene; and the Food and cookery 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 is the most comprehensive facility of its kind, designed to meet the information needs of the real estate community. The newest library for the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World opened in Fall 2008. The ISAW Library currently boasts strengths in Greek and roman art and archaeology, Egyptology, and Asian art. Complementing the collections of the Division of Libraries are the Frederick L. Ehrman Medical Library of NYU’s School of Medicine, the Dental Center’s Waldman Memorial Library and the Law Library that serves the programs of the School of Law.
The NYU Libraries continue to enhance their services for NYU students and faculty and to strengthen its 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 27 subject specialists who select materials in fields ranging from Classics to Performing Arts, as well as specialists in undergraduate outreach, instructional services, electronic information, and digital libraries.