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​​Reader, Collector, and Borrower levels of Friends of Bobst Library are now able to use Bobst Library through December 23, 2022.

New York University alumni, neighborhood residents, and other members of the public can gain access to the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library with a 100% tax-deductible gift to Friends of Bobst Library.

Membership Alumni & Neighborhood Residents* Non-Alumni
- Borrowing privileges
- 10 guest passes for friends & family
$1,000 $1,200
- Reading privileges
- 10 guest passes for friends & family
$500 $625
Reading privileges
$275 $375
10 visits
$100 $125
3 visits
$35 $40

* Neighborhood residents qualify if they live in Manhattan Community Boards 2 & 3

NYU’s Classes of 2021 and 2022 can get Reader membership for $50.
This gift can only be made online. See the FAQs at the bottom of the page or the Friends of Bobst Young Alumni page for more information.

Please note, there are no refunds on Friends of Bobst memberships.

As of August 1, 2018, we no longer accept cash for membership payments. You may pay with credit card or check only.

Membership expiration dates:

  • July 31, 2023 for gifts made 5/1/22-9/30/22
  • December 31, 2023 for gifts made 10/1/22-1/31/23
  • April 30, 2024 for gifts made 2/1/23 - 4/30/23

Ways to join:

You will receive your membership materials within 2 weeks.

  • Online - Fill out the online giving form

  • Mail - Send your check made out to “New York University” to:
    Friends of Bobst Library
    70 Washington Square South
    11th Floor
    New York, NY 10012

If you have additional questions, please visit our FAQs page.

Bobst Library is located at 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012.

The library is open to Friends of Bobst Library members during regular hours. Please be sure to check this link frequently, as our hours of operation are subject to change.

The Elmer Holmes Bobst Library offers:

  • Onsite access to thousands of electronic resources and databases and 10 floors of open-stack shelving. (Please note that some business databases, including Bloomberg, are not available for Friends access.)

  • Wireless internet access and over 150 computer stations.

  • Convenient Greenwich Village location with inspiring views of Washington Square Park.

To give a Friends of Bobst Library membership as a gift, please contact Friends of Bobst Library at (212) 998-2446 or