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 an 11-library, 5.9 million-volume system that provides students and faculty members with access to the world’s scholarship and serves at the center of the University community’s intellectual life. Bobst Library receives 10,000 visits per day when school is in session. The collections of NYU Libraries include more than one million electronic books, journals, and databases;  235,000 print serial subscriptions, 500,000 government documents, and more than 41,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts. The NYU community conducted nearly five million BobCat (electronic catalog) searches in the 2012-2013 academic year.  


Bobst Atrium Bobst Library offers approximately 2,900 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 three media-enhanced classrooms; its collections include 48,000 videos and 115,000 audio recordings in various formats and 102,000 print items (books, periodicals, and scores). The Digital Studio offers a 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, and the downtown music scene; and the Marion Nestle Food Studies 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 the history of labor, 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. Jack Brause Library at the SCPS Midtown Center serves the information needs of the programs, students, and faculty based at the Center, as well as the real estate community. The library for the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) is strong in Greek and Roman art and archaeology, Egyptology, Mesopotamian archaeology, Assyriology, Central Asia and Iran, and Asian art. The Health Sciences Libraries' mission is to enhance learning, research, and patient care by managing knowledge-based resources, providing client-centered information services and education, and extending access through new initiatives in information technology. They include the Frederick L. Ehrman Medical Library and the College of Dentistry's John and Bertha E. Waldmann Memorial Dental Library. The Law Library supports the faculty and student research of the NYU School of Law.
The NYU Abu Dhabi Library (see this introductory video) and the NYU Shanghai Library are full-service libraries whose mission is to create a learning environment that brings together collections, high-capacity computing tools, and the professional assistance of library and IT staff to provide a single point of assistance for their respective students and faculty.  Bern Dibner Library at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering specializes in science, engineering, and technology management.
The extraordinary growth of the University’s academic programs and the rapid development of new electronic information resources provide the impetus for the Libraries' constant development of new and enhanced services and expanded collections.  The Libraries' team of professionals includes 33 subject specialist librarians as well as specialists in undergraduate outreach, instructional services, electronic information, scholarly communications, global services, and digital scholarship.



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