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What’s available?

  • Types of resources we have available include:
  • Books/e-books
  • Journals/e-journals
  • Music Scores
  • Physical and Streaming audio/video
  • Newspapers
  • Government documents
  • Databases/data sets
  • Maps
  • Images
  • Materials to support NYU community teaching, learning, and research

For more information about rare books, archival materials and unpublished materials, read more about our Special Collections.

The availability of individual items may vary based on condition,location and user status. If we don’t have material you need or the material you want is not available, we can borrow it for you from a partner library.

Read more about our collection criteria for more information about what we collect and how we evaluate what to collect.

Defining Availability

What does availability really mean? We categorize availability according to whom resources are available for, where they are available, and when they are available.

Who is it available for?

Our collections are available to NYU community members as our first priority, but we nurture partnerships to make our sharing ability as broad as possible.

We make our physical collections available to:

  • Current NYU students, faculty and staff
  • Members of NYU Libraries-Affiliated Programs (New School, Cooper Union, New York School of Interior Design, Hebrew Union and OCLC Shares) and MaRLI researchers. Check our Library Access Guide for more information about library privileges
  • Individuals with demonstrated research for collections unique to NYU or not held in a metro-area library.
  • Non-affiliated scholars through ILL (Interlibrary Loan, EZBorrow)

Access will differ for physical and digital resources.

Read more about Collections’ Role to learn more about our values and our partner organizations.

Where is it available?

For physical access to our collections:

  • You will need an NYU ID or additional documentation. Refer to our visitor policy for information about physical access
  • Some items (non-circulating print resources) can only be used when you are physically present at the library.

For digital access to our collections:

  • Off-campus access to e-resources is restricted to current NYU students, faculty and staff
  • Alumni may access some digital collections via the Alumni e-library.
  • Library-affiliated members may access digital collections onsite at Bobst Library
  • Non-affiliated members should request access to an item via their institution’s ILL service

We participate in open access initiatives to provide equitable access to all scholars.

When is it available?

Loan periods vary based on the type of item you are borrowing, your user status, and the library you are borrowing from.

Read about our Loan Periods for information about our loan types, periods and any related information.

Delivery times between requesting items and when they can be accessed can vary. Some items may require an appointment or a reservation to be accessed. Learn more about Course Reserves.