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Requesting Books, Chapters, Articles, and More

You can request books, chapters, articles and more using this request form.

  • If you need a physical book from The Cooper Union Library or another library, you will be notified when the book is ready for pickup (see below).  
  • If you need a book chapter, journal or magazine article, conference paper, report, etc. we will scan and send it directly to your Cooper Union email address.   

To pick up your item(s), you are required to follow all of the health and safety protocols outlined below before entering the Foundation Building and The Cooper Union Library. 

1. Approval and Scheduling to be on Campus
Access to the buildings will only be given to faculty, students and staff who have received approval from the dean or the department manager and are scheduled for particular day(s) and time(s) will be allowed on campus. 

2. Negative COVID-19 Report 

For your first entry to the campus you need to have submitted a negative COVID-19 test to that is less than two weeks old from when you plan to return to campus.

3. Personal Pledge

Don’t forget to sign the Personal Pledge and email it to

 4. CUSAFE  

You then need to fill out the daily COVID-19 screening at CUSAFE each day you are approved and scheduled to be on campus.


Contact-free Pick-up and Return

  • If you have requested a print book and received an email that it is ready for pickup, you can stop by The Cooper Union Library anytime between Monday and Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM or Sunday, 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM to pick it up. 
  • Books will be on the shelves located just inside the library on the right, organized alphabetically by the first three letters of your last name and the first letter of your first name
  • The books will already be checked out to your account, so you don't need to stop at the circulation desk. Just wave to us on your way out. 
  • If you need to return a book, you can stop by The Cooper Union Library Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM or Sunday, 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM and (gently!) place your book or books in the red bin located just inside the Library. Don't worry if the book belongs to another library. We will make sure it gets back to where it belongs.
  • If you need to return a book when the Library is closed, the same red bin will be located just outside the library entrance. Please place your books in a paper bag and write your name on it using the materials on the table and (gently!) place the books in the bin.

Loan Periods and Renewals

Loan Periods for Circulating Books:
Cooper Union Faculty and Graduate Students 120 days
Cooper Union Undergraduates and Staff 90 days
All other borrowers 90 days

Borrowers may renew material up to two times. Material will not be renewed if there is an outstanding hold or recall request.

Loan Periods for Films and Videos: 

Closed Stack DVDs  

DVDs that are listed as Closed Stack DVDs may be borrowed by professors for classes for one week or for in-house viewing by consortium patrons.  Headphones and remotes for Blu-ray players are available for checkout at the Circulation desk. 

Circulating DVDs 

DVDs listed in the circulating collection may be borrowed by all consortium patrons for one week. 

16mm Films

The Cooper Union Library's collection of 16mm films may only be borrowed by a Cooper Union professor for a in-class presentation with a qualified projectionist. For more information, please contact Dale Perreault. 

Late Fines and Other Charges

Cooper Union does not charge daily late fines on regularly circulating material, but we do charge $1.00 per day for overdue recalled books, and $1.00 per hour (or part thereof) for reserve books. The maximum overdue fine is $20 per item and $50 per overnight reserve item. Borrowers are responsible for all overdue fines, even if they have not received the notice.

For regular books, an email courtesy notice is sent three days prior to the due date and an email overdue notice is sent out after one day, followed by email notices every 3 days. After 50 days overdue, the borrower is assessed a replacement charge and a $15 processing fee. For reserve books, overdue notices are sent out via email each day the book is overdue, until, after ten 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. Charges will be assessed for damage to material. Material that is damaged beyond repair will result in replacement costs and processing charges being assessed.

All fines and other charges can be paid in-person at the Library's Circulation desk or online. We accept personal checks or credit cards. If you wish to pay online, please contact us at and we will send you an invoice via email. 

Failure to return library items or pay fines during your academic tenure may result in a block on your library account. All financial obligations must be resolved and library materials returned to the Cooper Union Library, as well as consortium libraries, (i.e. NYU, The New School, and NYSID Libraries) prior to graduation or a hold may be put on your official diploma and transcript.  



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