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This page has the most up-to-date information about using the libraries this year. Please check back regularly for updates.

Using the library services and buildings is different this fall to adjust for health and safety. We miss the hustle and bustle of the Bobst Atrium, and the all-night group study sessions at Dibner.

Many of the in-person library activities that are part of the collegiate experience are on pause, but our mission to support you, our students, faculty, and staff, is unwavering. We’ve shifted as many services as we can online, and look forward to connecting with you remotely in new ways.

-NYU Libraries Staff

Ask a Librarian is the primary communication channel for the Libraries. Use Ask a Librarian to ask questions about buildings, services, and collections, in addition to your questions about research and teaching.

Update: September 18, 2020

Library Collections

  • All digital collections, over 3 million items, remain available via our website. The HathiTrust service will continue, providing digital access to 40 percent of the print collection.

  • Physical items may be ordered online and accessed via contactless pick-up, delivery, or scanning.

  • For more information, please visit the Library Collections Access page.

Building Access for Fall

  • Bobst and Dibner Libraries are open for contactless pickup of physical items, classroom use, appointments, and reservable remote learning and study space Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 9:30 pm. For detailed online and on-site building and service hours, please visit our Hours page.

  • Entrance to libraries is restricted to NYU cardholders with an appropriate face covering and a valid daily COVID-19 screener. No visitors will be granted access to library buildings.

  • Physical library collections are closed to direct access and browsing. For more information about accessing physical library collections, please visit the Library Collections Access page.

  • For information about other library locations, including IFA, ISAW, Courant, and Brause, please see the library locations directory.

Classrooms, Study Space, and Remote Learning Rooms in Bobst & Dibner

  • Bobst Library are hosting University-scheduled classes.

  • Reservable study spaces and remote learning rooms are available to book through the NYU Mobile app as of September 2. Individual and group study rooms are unavailable.

  • Waiting, transition, and queueing spaces have been created to support classroom access.

  • Libraries’ Client Services and Classroom Media are providing AV support for classrooms in Bobst Library.

  • For more information about how to use library spaces, please visit the Library Spaces page.

Student & Faculty Services

  • Reference, research consultation, and instruction are available as remote services. Reference desks are closed.

  • The Digital Studio, Accessibility Services, and Special Collections are offering remote services as well as limited appointment-based onsite services.

  • Course Reserves services is entirely digital.

  • Onsite printing and scanning services are unavailable at Bobst and Dibner Libraries. Please visit NYU IT’s Print Service page for information on modified locations, policies and hours of operations for printing and scanning services.

Compliance with University Health and Safety Rules


  • All library staff who can telework will remain offsite. Other library staff will return to onsite work in a staggered configuration.