Library Access with Friends of Bobst Library

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.

Memberships help provide every NYU student the resources necessary for their academic success by expanding collections, renovating reading rooms, adding research workshops, and upgrading technology.

Sign up or renew your gift today

For same day access:

Sign up and make your gift at the Library Privileges Desk, located on 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.

The Library Privileges Desk is open:
    Monday through Thursday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
    Friday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
    Saturday: 11:00am - 4:30pm
    Sunday: 1:00pm - 4:30pm
    (Visit for holiday hours)

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

Other ways to join:

You will receive your membership materials within two weeks.
•   Online – Complete the online giving form.
•   Phone – Call the Friends of Bobst Library Coordinator at (212) 998-2446.
•   Mail – Send your check, made out to "New York University" to:
      Friends of Bobst Library
      70 Washington Square South, Room 1116
      New York, NY 10012

Membership Benefits

Memberships Expire:
December 31, 2016 for gifts made 11/1/15 - 1/31/16
April 30, 2017 for gifts made 2/1/16 - 4/30/16
July 31, 2017 for gifts made 5/1/16 - 9/31/16

Alumni and
Neighborhood Residents*


•   Borrowing Privileges at Bobst Library
•   Ten additional guest passes for friends and family



•   Reading Privileges at Bobst Library
•   Ten additional guest passes for friends and family



•   Reading Privileges at Bobst Library**



•   Ten visits to Bobst Library



•   Three visits to Bobst Library



* Manhattan Community Boards 2 & 3
** If you are part of NYU's Class of 2016, click here for your special $45 membership.

The Elmer Holmes Bobst Library offers:

•   Convenient hours – Open to Friends of Bobst Library members from 7:00am to 1:00am, seven days a week***
•   Onsite access to thousands of electronic resources and databases
•   Over 40,000 videos and 95,000 audio recordings available in the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media
•   A variety of working environments, from collaborative work stations to quiet study rooms
•   Wireless internet access throughout the building
•   175 Mac and PC computer stations
•   10 floors of open stack shelving
•   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 call Friends of Bobst Library at (212) 998-2446.

***Bookworm and Scholar level members must first visit the Library Privileges desk in order to receive a day pass for entry. Library Privileges desk hours can be found at
NYU Libraries Conduct Code can be found here.


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