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Access to The Cooper Union Library

In an effort to protect students, faculty, and staff from exposure to the omicron variant, The Cooper Union administration has closed campus, including the Library. We anticipate opening again on Monday, January 31, 2022, but access may be limited to Cooper Union affiliates only. We anticipate re-opening to Friends, consortium members, and visitors on March 1, 2022.  We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage you to contact us if you need assistance accessing library and information resources. 

Access to The New School Libraries

The New School (TNS) Libraries and Archives are currently closed to visitors, including consortium members. We will update you as soon as we know more.

Access to New York University Libraries

The NYU Libraries, including the Bobst Library, are currently closed to visitors, including consortium members. They anticipate re-opening to non-NYU affiliates on March 1, 2022.

Access to the New York School of Interior Design Library

The NYSID Library is currently open by appointment only. Please email or text them to schedule a time. 

Access to the Cardozo School of Law Library

The Cardozo School of Law Library is currently open to visitors by invitation only.


Research Library Association of South Manhattan

The Research Library Association of South Manhattan (RLASM) is made up of research libraries that share an online catalog and offer physical access and reciprocal borrowing privileges to student and faculty affiliates. 

RLASM includes the following libraries: 

Cardozo School of Law Library

The Cooper Union Library and the Cardozo School of Law Library offer reciprocal physical access to our libraries for study space and onsite use of the collections. The Cardozo Law Library is closed to outside affiliates, including Cooper Union, for certain times of the academic year, so be sure to check the website for updates on access, as well as hours before going.  

METRO Libraries

The Cooper Union Library is a member of the Metropolitan New York Council of Libraries and participates in their Library Referral Program

If Cooper Union students or faculty need a specific book, item, or collection from one of the member libraries, simply stop by the circulation desk at the Cooper Union Library to pick up a referral request form.

The host library will determine the period and length of time you may have access to an item or collection. This service does not give users unlimited access to a library’s materials and does not guarantee they will be available at a given time. In most cases, access is limited to the specific item or subject.

For more info or questions about METRO's referral service, you can contact us or METRO at, or (212) 228-2320 ext 7100.

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