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New York University alumni, neighborhood residents, and other members of the public can gain access to the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library with a 100% tax-deductible gift to Friends of Bobst Library.

Membership Alumni & Neighborhood Residents* Non-Alumni
* Borrowing privileges
* 10 guest passes for friends & family
$1,000 $1,200
* Reading privileges
* 10 guest passes for friends & family
$500 $625
Reading privileges
$275 $375
10 visits
$100 $125
3 visits
$35 $40

*Neighborhood residents qualify if they live in Manhattan Community Boards 2 & 3

If you are part of NYU’s Class of 2016, you can get membership for $45. See the FAQs at the bottom of the page information.

Membership expiration dates:
* April 30, 2017 for gifts made 2/1/16 - 4/30/16
* July 31, 2017 for gifts made 5/1/16 - 9/30/16
* December 31, 2017 for gifts made 10/1/16 - 12/31/16

For same day access:

Sign up and make your gift at the Library Privileges desk, located to your left upon entering Bobst Library, to receive same day access.

Please bring a government issued photo ID. Neighborhood residents are also required to show proof of address to receive a discounted rate.

Other ways to join:

You will receive your membership materials within two weeks.

  • OnlineComplete the online giving form

  • Mail – Send your check made out to “New York University” to:
    Friends of Bobst Library
    70 Washington Square South, Room 1116
    New York, NY 10012

If you have additional questions, please visit our FAQs page.

Bobst Library is located at 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012.

The library is open to Friends of Bobst Library member during regular hours from 7:00am to 1:00am, 7 days a week. (Please note, Bookworm and Scholar level members must first visit the Library Privileges desk in order to receive a day pass for entry.)

The Elmer Holmes Bobst Library offers:

  • Onsite access to thousands of electronic resources and databases and 10 floors of open-stack shelving

  • Wireless internet access and over 150 computer stations

  • Convenient Greenwich Village location with inspiring views of Washington Square Park

In addition, all Friends of Bobst Library members will receive:

  • Invitations to library events including exhibition openings, receptions, and author readings

  • A subscription to the NYU Libraries newsletter, Progressions

To give a Friends of Bobst Library membership as a gift, please contact Friends of Bobst Library at (212) 998-2446 or