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NYU Libraries is pleased to resume services to a broad range of external community members including NYU Consortium students and faculty, NYU alumni, and external community members. For more information check our access guide.

All library visitors are expected to follow University Health Guidelines, including compliance with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

To Apply for Access:

  • Alumni should complete the form for access.
  • All other visitors email Please allow at least one business day to process your request.
  • Cooper Union and New School students and faculty do not need to apply for access in advance.

As a private institution, NYU Libraries is unable to offer members of the public general access to the Libraries and collections. However, there are a number of ways visitors can access the Libraries based on affiliation and research need.


Bobst Library’s Special Collections and U.S. & U.N. Collections are open to researchers upon explanation of research need. Researchers must register in advance for access.

NYU Alumni

University Development and Alumni Relations enables access to Bobst Library for NYU alumni on a semesterly basis. Please complete the form for access.

Friends of Bobst Library

Neighborhood residents and members of the public can gain yearly access to Bobst Library by making a 100% tax-deductible gift to join Friends of Bobst Library.

METRO Referral Card

As a member of the Metropolitan New York Library Council METRO, NYU honors METRO card referrals. You may request a METRO card referral at one of 270 member libraries and library systems in New York City and Westchester County. A METRO referral card allows an individual a one-time-only visit to a library to use a specified item in the library.

Guests of NYU Employees

See our Guests of NYU Students & Employees webpage for details.

Students and Faculty from Other Institutions

NYU Libraries offers access to students and faculty from other institutions, read more about specific institution policies.