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  Library Hours   Circulation Policy   •   Fines
  Access Policy   Interlibrary loan (ILL) form (PDF)
      Library Hours    
  PLEASE NOTE: The Circulation Desk closes 15 minutes before the Library closes. Example: When the Library is open until 5:00pm, the Circulation Desk closes at 4:45pm.
  June 1 - September 1, 2019 library opens   library closes    
  Monday - Thursday 9:00 am   5:00 pm    
  Friday - Sunday closed        
  holidays and closings          
  July 4 (Independence Day) closed        
  September 2 (Labor Day) closed        

  Access Policy  
The Cooper Union Library is open to students, faculty, staff and alumni of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, as well as to students and faculty of degree-granting programs at select member institutions of the Research Library Association of South Manhattan, and to students, faculty and staff at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. See the Consortia page for more information.

The Library is also a member of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) and is open to patrons from other METRO libraries who have been issued a yellow referral card for a specific item in the Cooper Union Library.

Unaffiliated individuals interested in multiple visits may gain access through membership in the Friends of the Cooper Union Library program.

In addition, the Library is a selective United States Government Depostory Library. The general public may use these documents in the Library.

All visitors must present valid photo identification to the security guard in the lobby. The guard will issue a Visitor's Pass that must be worn during the visit.

For further assistance or information, please call 212-353-4186 to speak with a reference librarian.

  Circulation Policy  
To check out materials, Cooper and consortium borrowers must:
  • register for library privileges at their home institution
  • present a valid ID card with a library barcode at the Circulation desk to check out materials.

  Loan Periods and Renewals:        
  Type of Borrower       Loan Period
  Cooper Union graduate students and faculty   60 days
  Cooper Union undergraduates and staff   2 weeks
  All other borrowers   2 weeks

With the exception of Friends program members, borrowers may renew items twice, either online or in person. Material will not be renewed if there is an outstanding hold or recall request. Reserve materials may not be renewed.

Click here for Online Renewal
  Recalls       Material that is checked out may be recalled at any time. The due date for the current borrower will change to two weeks, if the material is due later than that. When the material becomes available, the patron making the request will be notified by e-mail and the item will be held for 10 days.

Requests for holds and recalls may be placed by logging in to your library account. Contact us if you would like assistance.

Recalls cannot be placed on reserve materials.
  Reserves   Items that are required or supplemental readings for courses are placed on reserve to maximize the number of people who can use them. Reserve materials circulate to Cooper patrons only.
  Reserve Type     Location     Loan Period  
  Course Reserves   Behind Circulation Desk       Two hours; overnight after 4pm.
Overnight reserves due the following morning by 11am.
  Circulation Desk
  Two hours; overnight after 4pm.
Overnight reserves due the following morning by 11am.
Many photocopies are room use only.
Recalls cannot be placed on reserve materials.
Reserve materials may not be renewed.
      Non-Circulating Materials   
Periodicals and materials from Reference, Closed Stacks and the Archives cannot be checked out of the library. These materials are designated "Non-circulating" in BobCat.

Some additional items in the open stacks are marked for "Room Use Only" and may not be checked out. Books in poor condition may be judged by the staff to be too fragile for loan outside the Library. Microforms do not circulate.

The Cooper Archives

  The Cooper Archives consist of books, manuscripts, papers, scrapbooks and photographs relating to the history of The Cooper Union and to its founder, Peter Cooper. There is also material that pertains to its first executive officer, Abram S. Hewitt, and to the Cooper and the Hewitt families.

The material in the Collection does not circulate, but is available by appointment to anyone who has a research need. Please send e-mail to for further information.
  Visual Resources Collection

   The Cooper Union Visual Resources Collection is for the exclusive use of Cooper Union faculty and students.

Slides, films, videos, laser disks and DVDs may be borrowed by faculty members. Students may borrow slides only for required class presentations.

Students may view videotapes, laser disks and DVDs on monitors in the Cooper Union Library Reading Room. In order to view these materials, please visit the Cooper Union Library Visual Resources Collection during regular hours of operation. There are no facilities for viewing 16mm films.

Maps and pictures may be borrowed by faculty members and students with valid ID. The Blueprint Collection, consisting mainly of plans of campus buildings, is available for in-house use only.
The circulating DVD and VHS collection -- shelved in the Library atrium -- may be borrowed for three days by any Consortium patron with borrowing privileges.
      Type of Material        Amount  
  Overdue items
  $   .15 per day  
  Overdue recalled items
  $1.00 per day  
  Overdue reserves
(including photocopies)
  $1.00 per hour (or part thereof)  

The maximum overdue fine is $20 per item and $50 per overnight reserve.

The borrower is responsible for all overdue fines, even if he or she has not received a notice.

For non-reserve items, an e-mail courtesy reminder is sent three days prior to the due date. Email overdue notices are sent out after one day, and then every three days following. After 50 days overdue, the borrower is assessed a replacement charge and a $15 processing fee.

For reserve items, overdue notices are sent via email each day that the item is overdue. After 10 days, the borrower is assessed a replacement charge and a $15 processing fee.

Material must be returned to the Library in the condition in which it was checked out. Borrowers are obliged to pay charges for damage to material. Material that is damaged beyond repair will result in replacement costs and processing fees charged to the borrower.

Library delinquencies may result in the suspension of borrowing privileges, blocking of registration for classes, withholding of transcripts and diplomas, and referral to a collection agency.

  Last updated May 31, 2019
  photograph © T. Micchelli, 2002