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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 Class of 2019 can get Reader membership for $50.
This gift can only be made online. See the FAQs at the bottom of the 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, 2020 for gifts made 5/1/19 - 9/30/19
  • December 31, 2020 for gifts made 10/1/19 - 1/31/20
  • April 30, 2021 for gifts made 2/1/20 - 4/30/2020

For same-day access:

Sign up and make your gift at the Library Privileges desk, located to your left upon entering Bobst Library, to receive same-day access.

Please bring a government-issued photo ID. Neighborhood residents are also required to show proof of address to receive a discounted rate.

Other ways to join:

You will receive your membership materials within 2 weeks.

  • Online - Complete 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 from 7am to 1am, 7 days a week.

Bookworm and Scholar level members must first visit the Library Privileges desk in order to receive a day pass for entry. During the Library Privileges’ hours of operations, you must check in to get a pass with these membership levels. Then members can use the library until 1am.

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.

In addition, all Friends of Bobst Library members will receive:

  • Invitations to library events including exhibition openings, receptions, and author readings.

  • A subscription to the NYU Libraries newsletter, Progressions.

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