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Access to The Cooper Union Library

Beginning March 1, 2022, we are delighted to welcome back Cooper Union alum, Friends of The Cooper Union Library, and faculty and students from our consortium. Non-affiliated researchers are asked to contact us if you need access to our collections.   

All visitors need to show an ID card and proof of vaccination with booster. You will be asked to sign in at the security desk and wear a CDC-recommended mask (disposable surgical, KN95, KF94, or N95) at all times. 

Access to The New School Libraries


As of February 28, The New School (TNS) Libraries and Archives are allowing visitors [alumni, consortium members, outside researchers (by appointment)] who meet vaccination and booster requirements (refer to Gaining Access to Buildings) on campus. Individuals who wish to visit the Libraries must follow the University’s protocols (more details soon):

  • Individual visitors must check in at the Welcome Center Visitors Desk (72 Fifth Avenue) to receive a daily guest pass. 

  • Proof of vaccination and a booster are required for campus access. No exemptions or exceptions will be allowed.

  • Masks must be worn at all times in campus buildings. 

Access to New York University Libraries

The Bobst Library is now open to Cooper Union students and faculty who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Before you visit, please be sure to download the NYU Mobile app onto your mobile phone and complete the "Daily Screener." To complete the NYU Daily Screener:

  1. Select “No” on the question “Do you have a NYU NetID and password?"   

  2. Enter your email address when prompted. 

  3. Fill out the other required information.

  4. Click "next" to submit. You should receive a notice of “Screener Status: Pass,” displayed on a green banner.

  5. Take a screenshot or open your email to re-access this green “Pass” screener.

At Bobst, show the guard your Cooper Union ID and the green “pass” screen at the Bobst Security Desk.
If you receive a red screen or you’re a message indicating you are not authorized, please contact The Cooper Union Library at, so we can troubleshoot the issue.

Access to the New York School of Interior Design Library

For access to the NYSID Library, go to, click on the ‘Email a Librarian’ link (under ‘Physical Hours’), and fill out the form. Currently, all visitors are required to submit their proofs of vaccination by email in advance, but booster shots are not required. All individuals are required to wear a well-fitted mask, such as the 3-ply surgical masks, KN95 masks or N95 masks. A cloth mask can only be worn over a surgical mask.

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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