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Library Usage

Food and Drink

  • Drinks with lids or caps are allowed if appropriate care is taken.

  • You may eat food in the snack lounge upstairs (LC 440). Food is not permitted anywhere else in the library.

Noise Level

Be respectful of your fellow students:

  • Keep your voices down. Sound travels easily throughout the building.

  • Use headphones when listening to audio devices.

  • Put your cell phone on silent mode and take conversations outside.

  • No talking is permitted in the Quiet Zone. The area along the north side of the building is for silent study only.

Personal Belongings

  • Do not leave personal property unattended in the library (even for a short trip to the restroom!).

  • Unattended items left in a study room will be removed to make the room available to others. The library is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings.

Study Rooms

  • For collaborative discussions, you are encouraged to use group study rooms when available.

  • During fall and spring semesters study rooms can be reserved online

  • During the summer semester study room use is on a first-come, first serve basis.

  • Individuals occupying a study room will be asked to leave when a group is in need of a room.

Borrowing & Circulation

General Collection

  • NYU students, faculty and staff may borrow circulating materials from the library using a valid the NYU ID. See the Access Guide (opens in a new window) for more information on borrowing privileges.

Special Materials

  • Reference and archival materials such as theses and technical reports are not permitted to leave the Dibner Library. To use the archives, please make an appointment with the archivist.

Emergency Procedures

In the event of an emergency, remain calm and leave the library immediately. Do not use elevators when evacuating the building. If you have reserve materials checked out, you can retrieve your ID card upon reentering the building once University Officials announce it is safe to do so.