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Consortium Libraries

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: 

NYU Bobst

The Bobst Library is open to all current Cooper Union students, faculty, and staff, as well as retired and emeriti faculty. 

For access, simply tap your Cooper ID card at one of the turnstiles. If your ID does not work for any reason, please email us at or stop by the library service desk, so we can investigate and work with the Campus Safety and Security Department to resolve the issue.

**New** NYUGuest WiFi Procedures for the Cooper Union Community:

To get NYUGuest WiFi access, members of the Cooper Union community must visit Bobst Library's Service Desk, located on the east side of the atrium when it is open. (Please note you may need to repeat this process weekly.)

You may still access NYU's online resources while you're at Bobst without the guest WiFi. To do so, use any publicly available computers on floors LL1, 5, 6, or 7.

Problems or questions with NYUGuest WiFi? Contact NYU Libraries IT (and make sure to mention you are a member of the Cooper community):

The New School's Libraries


The New School (TNS) Libraries and Archives are open to Cooper Union students, faculty and staff.

When you arrive, show the guard your Cooper Union ID.

New York School of Interior Design Library

The NYSID Library - which includes the very useful Materials Libraries - is open to Cooper Union students, faculty, and staff. 

When you arrive, show the guard your Cooper Union ID.

Cardozo School of Law Library

Students, Faculty, and Staff of the Cooper Union can access the Cardozo School of Law Library. Although members of the Cooper community cannot borrow books from Cardozo they can use them physically onsite. Also, during certain dates of the academic year, the Cardozo Law Library is closed to the Cooper community (such as during exam periods), so be sure to check the visitor webpage for updates and the calendar before going.

Metropolitan New York Council (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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