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Library Information for Incoming Cooper Union Students
August, 2016

  2017 Gift from Senior Class + Descendants of Peter Cooper to benefit the Library!
February 15, 2017

The Cooper Union Senior Class Challenge will raise up to $15,000 for the Cooper Union Library. We are honored that the class of 2017 has chosen to support the Library with their collective donation, and that descendants of Peter Cooper are ready to give so generously. Thank you!

  PIDGEON DIGITAL: audio of notable speakers on architecture (free trial)
October 11, 2016 (updated November 28, 2016)

From the Pidgeon Digital site: "Monica Pidgeon was the editor of the influential magazine Architectural Design for more than three decades, from the mid-1940s to the 70s, and during her tenure this radical journal brought the work of seminal architects to the attention of the wider architectural world." ... "Monica wanted to widen the horizons of students of architecture and design by giving them the opportunity to share the thinking of world leading members of the profession to whom they might not otherwise have access. She believed that being able to hear the actual voices of the designers of buildings, and listen to their ideas in their own words was extremely important."

"Notable speakers, both past and present, who continue to have a lasting influence include: Cedric Price, Denys Lasdun, Felix Candela, Frank Newby, James Stirling, Konrad Wachsmann, Maxwell Fry, Norman Foster, Peter Rice, Philip Johnson, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Richard Rogers, Serge Chermayeff, Ted Happold, and Zaha Hadid."

(Free trial was to end on 11/9/16, but is still functional as of 11/28/16.)


May 13, 2016 (updated May 27, 2016)

The Library is excited to announce a new membership program for alumni and others. Three years in the making, the Friends program launched on May 24, 2016 to coincide with Commencement at The Cooper Union. See our Friends page for details!


  New article database: ENGINEERING SOURCE
Apri 26, 2016 (revised June 1, 2016)

Engineering Source offers more than 3,000 full text titles in engineering, computer science, and related areas. Follow this link for the title list.

March 21, 2016

The current exhibit in the Library features artifacts and books that describe its history. Items can be seen in the glass cabinet near the Reference Desk and in two display cases in the Library atrium. Most of them are from the Cooper Archives.

In 1859, the Cooper Union opened a library the same year that the school opened. There were originally two libraries, one free reading room open to the public and another research library that supported the academic needs of the school. When the Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration opened in 1895, a third library was created.

The free reading room was the first of its kind in the city and because of its location on the Bowery, very important to its patrons. News articles from the period highlight how much of a respite it was for those who used it.

  30 Years Ago -- Astor Place Renovation, Part 1 (1978-1986)
February 29, 2016

It seems as though we've been living with construction forever, doesn't it? Maybe that's because we're in the midst of not our first but second renovation project! 30 years ago, upset by the conditions of their 74 year old deteriorating subway station, representatives from local schools, businesses, design firms, and religious organizations got together to create the Committee for Astor Place. Co-chaired by the presidents of Cooper Union and NYU, the committee found support with people like Milton Glaser and Brooke Astor.

To celebrate the 30 year anniversary of its completion on Tuesday, March 1, The Cooper Union Library Archives has processed a new collection about the renovation. The finding aid can be found at: http://cooper.libguides.com/FAAstorPlace. Below are a few images from the collection.

  • Photo 1: Ivan Bennett, Acting President of New York University, Bill Lacy, President of Cooper Union, Brooke Astor, and Milton Glaser at the opening ceremony of the Astor Place Subway Station, March 1, 1986
  • Photo 2: Committee for Astor Place pamphlet.
  • Photo 3: Manhattan, Inc., April, 1985.

Last updated March 20, 2017