Due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, the Cooper Union Archives is closed to researchers for the duration of the 2020-2021 academic year. We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage you to contact us if you need assistance with your research.
The Cooper Union Archives & Special Collections keeps the same hours as the Cooper Union Library, and does not require current students, faculty or staff to make appointments in order to view archival material during these hours. Outside researchers are advised to write firstname.lastname@example.org with the date and time of your intended visit, so that access can be arranged with building security.
Additionally, because some of our archival material is stored off-site, we encourage anyone planning to view a specific collection to email a few days before your visit with the collection name and call number, so that we can be sure that to have it on site and available when you arrive.
The Cooper Union Archives & Special Collections are housed in the mezzanine of the Cooper Union Library, located in the Foundation Building at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and 7th Street in downtown Manhattan.
The Archives have their own adjacent reading room for researchers to spend time with archival material. Unfortunately, this room is not currently ADA accessible, but we are more than happy to make arrangements to serve archival materials to researchers in the library on the ground floor. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have questions or concerns about ADA accessibility and the Archives.
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