Access to Elmer Holmes Bobst Library

NYU alumni, neighborhood residents, and members of the public can gain access to the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library by joining Friends of Bobst Library.

Friends of Bobst Library

You can join Friends of Bobst Library by making a 100% tax-deductible gift to NYU Libraries. Your donation will help the libraries expand collections, renovate reading rooms, add research workshops, and upgrade technology in order to provide every NYU student with the resources necessary for their academic success.

Access to Bobst Library is included at the following giving levels:

Memberships valid through
February 28, 2015

Alumni and
Neighborhood Residents*


•   Three visits to Bobst Library



•   Ten visits to Bobst Library



•   Reading Privileges at Bobst Library for one year**



•   Reading Privileges at Bobst Library for one year
•   Ten additional guest passes for friends and family



•   Borrowing Privileges at Bobst Library for one year
•   Ten additional guest passes for friends and family



* Manhattan Community Boards 2 & 3
** If you are part of NYU's Class of 2013, click here for your special $45 membership.

Membership Benefits

The Elmer Holmes Bobst Library offers:
•   Convenient hours – Bobst is open to Friends of Bobst members from 7am to 1am, seven days a week***
•   Onsite access to thousands of electronic resources and databases, including the Virtual Business Library
•   Specialized media centers including the Digital Studio and Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media
•   A variety of working environments, from collaborative work stations to quiet study rooms
•   Wireless internet access throughout the building
•   175 Mac and PC computer stations
•   10 floors of open stack shelving
•   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

***Bookworm and Scholar level members must first visit the Library Privileges desk in order to receive a day pass for entry. Hours for the Library Privileges desk, as well as Library holiday hours can be found here.

Become a Member Today

For same day access:
Sign up at the Library Privileges desk, located immediately to your left upon entering Bobst Library. Please bring a government issued photo ID. Neighborhood residents are required to show proof of residency to receive the discounted rate. (Library Privileges desk hours)
Bobst Library is located at 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. (map)
Other ways to join: (membership materials will be sent within two weeks)
•   OnlineClick here to make your gift on our secure giving webpage.
•   Phone - Call the Friends of Bobst Library Coordinator, Michael Pittman, at (212) 998-2446.
•   Mail – Send your check, made out to "New York University" to:
      Friends of Bobst Library
      c/o Michael Pittman
      70 Washington Square South, Room 1116
      New York, NY 10012
To give a Friends of Bobst Library membership as a gift:
Please call Friends of Bobst Library Coordinator, Michael Pittman, at (212) 998-2446.

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