The Research Library Association of South Manhattan

The Cooper Union Library is a member of the Research Library Association of South Manhattan, a consortium of academic libraries established in 1977.  Consortium libraries share an online catalog and provide faculty and students of member institutions with access to each other's collections.

This agreement has made it possible for the Cooper Union Library to concentrate its collection development in the areas of Art, Architecture, and Engineering while primarily relying on the extensive holdings of the Consortium Libraries to cover the humanities and social sciences and the pure sciences.

Check with your home institution's library for further details on consortium patron privileges.

      Along with the Cooper Union Library, the Research Library Association members are:

•New York University Libraries:


Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences Library
The Institute of Fine Arts Libraries


The New School Libraries:


List Center Library (Social Sciences & Humanities)
Scherman Music Library
University Center Library (Art, Architecture & Design)


•The New York School of Interior Design Library

  The Chutick Law Library at Cardozo School of Law

The Cooper Union Library also has a consortial arrangement with the Dr. Lillian and Dr. Rebecca Chutick Law Library of The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University (55 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY).

Students, faculty, and staff of the Cooper Union have access to the Chutick Law Library, and the Cardozo community has reciprocal privileges at the Cooper Union Library. You must present a valid ID card in order to gain access to library collections and services. Borrowing privileges are extended only to students enrolled in a class at the library's host institution.

  Last updated February 3, 2015