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Upon presentation of a valid NYU Alumni membership card, an individual will be allowed access for reading privileges (no checkout) for three visits. Thereafter, to acquire library privileges, alumni may join
Friends of Bobst Library
at a reduced rate.
Different categories of users can charge out library books for different lengths of time. Students can find more information about loan periods at Student Circulation Privileges. Faculty can find more information at Faculty Circulation Privileges.
Most patrons can have 200 books on their record at any one time. Non-degree students can have 25 books on their record at any one time.
No. NYU and consortium IDs are non-transferable. Patrons may only use their own cards to borrow books or other materials. According to University policy, if a patron tries to use another patron's card, that card is to be confiscated and turned over to NYU Public Safety. Full-time faculty and NYU administrators may designate Additional Borrowers to check out materials on their record. It is also possible for family members of NYU employees to be issued NYU ID card, which allow library privileges. NYU employees should inquire at their departments for information on family cards.
Only items belonging to Bobst Library may be checked out, renewed, and returned at Bobst. Items belonging to Consortium libraries must be returned to the owning library.
You need one of the following: a NYU ID card with an embossed barcode; a current student or faculty photo ID card from a Consortium School; a current Friends of Bobst Library borrower card; or current borrowing card issued at Bobst Circulation.
A valid university ID is required for NYU students, faculty and full-time staff; and students and faculty of New School University, Cooper Union, Hebrew Union College and New School of Interior Design. Researchers and scholars not affiliated with NYU should check visitor guidelines for access policies.
Bobst materials may be returned in the book drops located just inside the front doors of the library or the book drop located in the center of the circulation desk. Do not return videos or CDs to the book drop; they must be returned to the Avery Fisher Center (2nd Floor).
Will unpaid fines keep me from graduating?
Yes. All fines must be paid before graduation.