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While our library locations in NYC are closed through the summer, we’ve been working on our detailed plan of how to keep our library community safe as we return to the NYC campus this fall.

As a part of the larger University-led NYU Returns campaign, we will release the most up-to-date information we have on this webpage, so please check back regularly.

Below is the initial summary of the Libraries’ NYU Returns plans. More detailed information will be added throughout the summer.

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Even if you are unable to join us at our NYC campus, our staff is committed to supporting your research, teaching, and learning needs remotely.

Update: July 23, 2020

We are sharing our initial summary of the Libraries’ NYU Returns plans for the fall. Much more detailed information will be added throughout the summer.

Library Collections

  • All digital collections, over 3 million items, will remain available via our website. The HathiTrust service will continue, providing digital access to 40 percent of the print collection.

  • Physical items will be ordered online and available via contactless pick-up or delivery.

  • New delivery, scanning, and streaming services to increase access are being developed.

Building Access for Fall

  • Starting September 2nd, Bobst and Dibner Libraries will be open for contactless pickup of physical items, classroom use, and remote learning space Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 9:30pm.

  • Entrance to libraries will be restricted to NYU cardholders with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and a valid health check.

  • Physical library collections will be closed to direct access and browsing.
    • Physical items may be ordered online and will be either scanned and delivered digitally or made available via contactless pick up or physical delivery.
  • Limited space for study and remote learning will be available for students.

  • Information about IFA, ISAW, Courant, and Brause library spaces will be forthcoming.

Classrooms in Bobst & Dibner

  • Bobst & Dibner Libraries will host University-scheduled classes.

  • Waiting, transition, and queueing spaces will be created to support classroom access.

  • Libraries’ Client Services and Classroom Media will provide AV support for classrooms in Bobst Library.

Student & Faculty Services

  • Reference, research consultation, and instruction will be available as remote services. Reference desks will be closed.

  • The Digital Studio, Accessibility Services, and Special Collections will offer remote services as well as limited appointment-based onsite services.

  • Course Reserves services will be entirely digital.

  • Onsite printing and scanning services will not be available at Bobst and Dibner Libraries. We will share information about other on-campus printing and scanning options when they’re released. (Updated 7/23/20)


  • All library staff who can telework will remain offsite. Other library staff will return to onsite work in a staggered configuration.